At the break it was already 3-0 for PSV. Johan Bakayoko had taken care of the opening goal, after smart and good preparatory work by Xavi Simons. The midfielder who came over from Paris Saint-Germain was allowed to start in the base for the first time under coach Ruud van Nistelrooij and did so with verve.
In minute 26 the crazy 2-0 fell. Maikel Kieftenbeld, FC Emmen player, tried to make a save on the goal line. The midfielder hit the ball, but unfortunately hit it against his other leg. An own goal that made you laugh and will certainly make it to this season’s blooper DVD.
‘Gakpo must stay’
The 3-0 and 4-0 were from Cody Gakpo. The crowd favorite was immediately sung in the Philips Stadium. “Cody must stay!”, the PSV fans hoped aloud, especially now that their club is playing for Champions League participation at this stage of the season.
Next Tuesday is the return of the third preliminary round against AS Monaco. The people of Eindhoven took a 1-1 draw from the Principality last week.
Because the sights were quickly set on that game, Van Nistelrooij made a lot of changes in the second half against Emmen. For example, Joey Veerman and Gakpo went to the side.
That didn’t help the home side’s game. The visitors were able to make the 4-1 due to the decreased strength and concentration on the part of PSV. But that was it.
For example, the people of Eindhoven, just like competitor Ajax on Saturday afternoon, managed to win the first competition match of the new season. And Kieftenbeld? He skips the summary of this match for a while.