PSV booked their third victory of the season on Sunday. Despite four (rightly) rejected goals, Fortuna Sittard was beaten 2-0 in Eindhoven.
Spectacular first half
The opening goal came in the fifth minute and was made by Donyell Malen, who was served by Eran Zahavi. In the final phase, substitute Noni Madueke determined the final score.
Between Malen’s goal and the half-time signal, no fewer than four PSV goals were rejected due to offside. In all cases (twice Malen, once Zahavi and once Ryan Thomas) the linesman had seen it right.
The victory over Fortuna means that PSV rises to second place in the Eredivisie. Roger Schmidt’s team has ten points and leader Feyenoord only has to tolerate goal difference above him.
Fortuna is experiencing a miserable start to the season. The Limburgers only took one point in the first four rounds and only keep Sparta Rotterdam and RKC Waalwijk under them.
Referee Jeroen Manschot had to bring bad news to a PSV player four times. (Photo: Pro Shots)
PSV and Fortuna made it a nice first half in the empty Philips Stadium. Both teams had opportunities, one of which was quickly exploited by Malen. He finished coolly after a good pass from fellow attacker Zahavi.
Shortly after that it should have been 1-1, but Lisandro Semedo missed a huge opportunity and did so in the 23rd minute to hit the bar again. In between goals from Zahavi and Thomas were canceled.
Fortuna did not hide and got more chances: especially Sebastian Polter could have scored twice. Even before the half time signal, Malen saw two goals not go through and Zahavi headed wide.
The second half was much less spectacular than the first. Opportunities were scarce, although PSV was still dangerous via Madueke (substitute for Zahavi), Dumfries and Malen.
Five minutes before the end, Madueke threw the game in the slot: the attacker was too fast for Fortuna defender Lazaros Rota and also beat keeper Alexei Koselev. It meant that PSV will enter the international match period with a good feeling.