PSV coach Roger Schmidt is proud of the way his team has turned the gap in the Europa League game with PAOK into a victory. The Eindhoven team quickly fell 0-2 against the Greeks on Thursday, but eventually won 3-2.
Dumfries: ‘Incredible that goal Malen was rejected’
“I am proud but also relieved”, said Schmidt after the race. “The difference between the first and second half was big. After the break we played more as a team. I have seen a good team spirit.”
PSV was already 0-2 behind after thirteen minutes by hits from Fernando Varela and Christos Tzolis. After twenty minutes, Cody Gakpo took care of the tying goal and early in the second half PSV turned the deficit into a lead in no time by goals from Noni Madueke and Donyell Malen.
Thanks to the victory, PSV takes over the second place in group E from PAOK. The gap to leader Granada is four points. Next Thursday, Schmidt’s team will visit the Spaniards.
“It is an important goal for us to also play European football next year. This was a very tough game, especially after those goals from PAOK. We showed afterwards how much we want to stay in this tournament,” said Schmidt.
Shortly after the 0-1, a goal by Donyell Malen was wrongly canceled due to offside. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Denzel Dumfries was also proud of PSV getting rid of the backlog. “It is great how we have been able to turn this around. That is a good thing”, the captain said.
Dumfries could hardly explain PSV’s bad start. “We gave away both PAOK goals unnecessarily, but I felt from the start that we were better and that we had a grip on the game.”
In between the goals of PAOK, a clear goal by Malen was wrongly disallowed for offside. “It was unbelievable that that goal was rejected, I thought that at the time,” Dumfries responded. “But we stayed calm and showed after the break that we are better. We deserve this game.”
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