Jürgen Locadia struck four times in PSV’s 7-1 demolition of FC Utrecht.
PSV return to the top of the Eredivisie table: Jürgen Locadia struck four times as PSV ran riot against FC Utrecht at the Galgenwaard in Utrecht on Sunday afternoon.
PSV’s head coach Phillip Cocu opted for a 4-3-3 system, with Pereiro, who played along the striker the past few matches, as a holding midfielder in a diamond formation.
FC Utrecht had their best moments in the early exchanges, with Dessers hitting the post, but PSV opened the scoring on 16 minutes from the first meaningful attack. Derrick Luckassen found Hirving Lozano, who had his shot saved by Jensen but Jürgen Locadia was quick to pounce on the rebound: 0-1..
PSV’s advantage was short-lived as Zakaria Labyad equalised five minutes later. Isimat-Mirin allegedly dragged down Bahebeck to the ground and referee Serdar Gözübüyük pointed to the spot. Labyad duly converted the penalty: 1-1.
PSV regained the lead through Hirving Lozano in the 40th minute. Locadia robbed Sander van der Streek and crossed for the Mexican striker who tapped the ball into the empty net. Chucky wheeled away in celebration: 1-2.
PSV did not lean back after the restart and took a two-goal advantage five minutes into the second half. Locadia was played clean through by Lozano and put the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs: 1-3.
FC Utrecht coach Erik ten Hag made a double change but PSV remained fully in charge and struck again, on 68 minutes. Locadia completed his hat trick. He was at the end of a quick counter attack, set up by Hendrix, burying the ball into the far corner: 1-4.
PSV won two penalties in the closing stages. Marko van Ginkel made no mistake in the 79th minute while Locadia stepped up to convert the spot kick on 85 minutes. Substitute Steven Bergwijn put the icing on the cake, rounding off the scoring with wonder strike after a mazy solo run: 1-7.
After the final whistle it was all smiles for PSV in Stadion Galgenwaard. Phillip Cocu could not hide feelings of pride.