PSV knocked out of Europa League
PSV will not compete in a European competition this season after they suffered another 1-0 defeat against NK Osijek, in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
PSV head coach Phillip Cocu made some changes from the team that were beaten 1-0 at home last week. Lozano and Luckassen made their full PSV debut, while Pröpper replaced Ramselaar. PSV failed to score an early opening goal.
Osijek were lucky when the referee showed only a yellow card for two vicious tackles on Hendrix. Another colour would have been a realistic option.
Luckassen controlled the ball with his chest but was given no time to unleash a shot, contrary to Bockaj whose free-kick extended the Croatians aggregate advantage on 25 minutes: 1-0.
PSV had some chances to score the equaliser before the break, but Van Ginkel missed a chance, while Locadia and Pröpper were denied by the goalkeeper. HT: 1-0.
PSV needed to score twice so Cocu made a double substitution in the 64th minute bringing on Pereiro and De Jong for Bergwijn and Brenet. PSV worked hard, putting pressure on NK Osijek’s defence but could not find the back of the net. The final pass lacked accuracy and several shots were blocked.
Sam Lammers came on as a substitute on 76 minutes but he could not make the breakthrough, either. The final score was 1-0 and PSV were out of Europe for the first time in 43 years.