PSV extend lead over Ajax to seven points
PSV have boosted their title hopes with a convincing 3-1 win over Feyenoord in De Kuip on a memorable Sunday afternoon. They extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to seven points.
PSV welcomed back captain Marco van Ginkel, who had recovered from a knee injury, to their starting line-up. PSV got the game underway, buoyed by the news that Ajax had dropped two points in goalless draw with ADO Den Haag.
PSV, with Gastón Pereiro who replaced the suspended Hirving Lozano, started the brighter of the two teams, dominating the opening exchanges of the first-half at De Kuip without creating any clear-cut chances.
The deadlock was broken after 24 minutes. A corner, taken shortly, was flicked on by Steven Bergwijn and Santiago Arias stooped low to head in the opening goal past Feyenoord keeper Brad Jones.
PSV did not lean back and doubled their lead in the 34th minute from a quick counter attack. Gastón Pereiro accurately laid off into the path of Steven Bergwijn whose shot hit the inside of the post before it crossed the line: 0-2.
Phillip Cocu’s men had omitted to kill off the game in the first half. Feyenoord reduced the deficit out of the blue eight minutes into the second half, when Tonny Vilhena headed home substitute Jean Paul Boëtius’ cross: 1-2.
PSV restored their two-goal advantage barely three minutes later. Jones pushed Bergwijn’s effort away straight to Gastón Pereiro who tapped home from close range: 1-3.
Feyenoord, down and out, never staged a comeback, while PSV comfortably held on for their 3-1 away win to open up the gap on nearest rivals Ajax to seven points.