PSV has increased its chances of a longer stay in the Europa League. The people of Eindhoven settled on Thursday in an empty Philips stadium with Sturm Graz, the now eliminated last in group B. Thanks to hits from Carlos Vinícius (penalty kick) and Armindo Bruma, PSV won 2-0.
Leader AS Monaco was 2-1 too strong for Real Sociedad in the other group match. Monaco has 11 points after five rounds, PSV is on 8 points and Sociedad on 6 points. Monaco, which closes the series with a confrontation with Sturm Graz, advances to the eighth finals as group winner. PSV and Sociedad will battle for second place in San Sebastian in two weeks, which entitles them to a place in an intermediate round. The numbers 2 from the Europa League play against the numbers 3 from the Champions League for a place in the eighth finals of the Europa League. PSV is therefore satisfied with a draw.
If PSV finishes third, the team from Brabant will continue in the Conference League. The numbers 3 from the Europa League play against the numbers 2 from the Conference League for a place in the eighth finals of the Conference League.
After the convincing victory over Vitesse (2-0) last weekend, trainer Roger Schmidt had no reason to change his team. It was also made a little easier for the German because basic forces Philipp Max, Eran Zahavi, Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke were still missing. Jordan Teze and Ryan Thomas are also missing from PSV due to injuries. Captain Marco van Ginkel had to be satisfied with a role as reserve again. With Jeremy Antonisse (who came in in the final phase), Dennis Vos and Jenson Seelt, Schmidt added three young PSV players to his selection.
PSV had the upper hand in the first half, but didn’t really threaten for a long time. Carlos Vinícius made a good save on the edge of the penalty area after 35 minutes, but his shot was too soft. In the last minute of regular time of the first half, he was accurate. Vinicius converted a penalty, which was given after goalkeeper Jörg Siebenhandl’s foul on Mario Götze.
Armindo Bruma, PSV’s top scorer in the Eredivisie, made it 2-0 on a pass from Ritsu Doan with a low shot into the bottom corner.
PSV beats Sturm Graz and remains in the race for the Europa League sequel
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