PSV started the group stage of the Europa League on Thursday evening with a defeat. Despite a goal from Mario Götze, coach Roger Schmidt’s team lost 1-2 against Granada in the Philips Stadium.
Malen misses the first big opportunity
Götze, who retired after 45 minutes with a muscle injury, opened the score for PSV just before half time and already scored his second goal in Eindhoven service. Last weekend, the German midfielder livened up his debut with the opening goal against PEC Zwolle (0-3 win).
In the second half, Granada turned the gap into a lead. Twelve minutes after the break, Jorge Molina made the equalizer and Darwin Machís made the 1-2 halfway through the second half.
Cody Gakpo, Pablo Rosario, Eran Zahavi and Jordan Teze were missing at PSV due to corona infections. As a result, Mohamed Ihattaren and Jorrit Hendrix were once again in the base.
The next group match is scheduled for PSV next Thursday. Then in Cyprus, it will be played against Omonia Nicosia, the team that started the Europa League in Greece with a 1-1 draw at PAOK.
Mario Götze celebrates his opening goal for PSV. (Photo: ANP)
In the opening phase, PSV and Granada kept each other in balance and both teams hardly created any danger. The first big chance was only after half an hour for the home team. Donyell Malen missed a measured cross from Götze.
After Granada had missed a few small opportunities, Yangel Herrera found the net shortly before half-time with a header from a free kick. However, the Venezuelan was offside, so the goal was disallowed.
A minute later it was hit on the other side. Denzel Dumfries put the ball perfectly ready for Götze after a free kick. The 63-time international did not hesitate for a moment and fired in hard.
Joy at Granada after the winning goal of Darwin Machís. (Photo: ANP)
Götze was injured in the locker room at half time and was replaced by Nick Viergever. Granada started the second half a lot better and came alongside beautifully in the 57th minute. Molina completed the ball through the bottom of the bar after a nice cross from Antonio Puertas.