PSV loses big to PAOK in Europa League after a dramatic second half

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PSV suffered their second defeat in the group stage of the Europa League on Thursday. After a 0-1 lead at half time, things went completely wrong against PAOK in the second half: 4-1.

Zahavi gives PSV the lead

PSV controlled the first half in the empty Toumba Stadium and took the lead thanks to a used penalty kick from Eran Zahavi. At the start of the second half, trainer Roger Schmidt’s team took no fewer than four Greek hits in nineteen minutes.

PSV already started the Europa League with a home defeat (1-2) against Granada and last week won 2-1 against Omonia Nicosia. In three weeks, the Eindhoven team will play their next group match at home against PAOK.

The other game in group G ended on Thursday in a 0-2 victory for Granada over Omonia Nicosia, which puts the Spaniards in the lead in the group.

The first half between PAOK and PSV in Thessaloniki had few highlights. After a heel from Mohamed Ihattaren, Donyell Malen was tapped and PSV received a penalty in the 21st minute. Zahavi shot controlled from 11 meters.

With 33 years and 103 days, the Israeli became the oldest goalscorer in Europe in PSV club history, a record he took from Ruud Geels. Shortly before halftime, Zahavi was close to 0-2, but defender Fernando Varela saved the goal.

PSV went down painfully at PAOK. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Shortly after the break, the game turned completely around, with the shooting defense of PSV and PAOK midfielder Andrija Zivkovic in the lead. The Serbian first saw his slider change direction by teammate Stefan Schwab: 0-1.

Zivkovic then scored twice himself in an almost identical manner, by coming in from the right on a counterattack and hitting the short corner. In between, Christos Tzolis made the 1-3 for the Greeks.

The PSV rearguard looked lousy with the last three goals. Right back Ryan Thomas led in the 1-2 with fumbling and with the two hits after that, PAOK was given all the space to score.

In injury time it appeared to be 5-1, but the goal was disallowed due to offside, which saved PSV from an even harder failure. Nevertheless, the European figures of the Eindhoven residents are very poor. Only 3 of the last 23 matches in a European main tournament were won.



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