PSV suffer 1-0 defeat against NK Osijek
PSV made a disappointing start to their UEFA Champions League campaign as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against NK Osijek in the Philips Stadion on Thursday evening in the first leg of the third qualifying round.
After Guardado and Moreno have left PSV in the summer transfer window, some players in their mid-twenties are expected to stand up and become PSV’s key players. One of them is Marco van Ginkel, who wore the captain’s armband for the first time.
It was a big surprise for the fans, maybe even more surprising than the inclusion of Ramselaar and Bergwijn in the starting line-up, at the expense of Pröpper and Pereiro, who dropped to the bench.
PSV dominated large parts of the first half, but could not carve open the well-organised and solid Croatian defence. They tried their luck with long-range efforts but it was still goalless at half time.
PSV were soon trailing 0-1 on 57 minutes. Brenet committed a foul in the box and Barasic duly converted the resulting penalty for the visitors. PSV head coach Phillip Cocu decided to make a double substitution.
Three minutes after the opening goal, Lozano made his PSV debut, replacing Locadia while Pereiro came on for Ramselaar. The Mexican forward showed plenty of spirit and drive but could not yet find the back of the net.
Bergwijn came close to scoring the equaliser but saw his shot crash off the bar. PSV will have a chance to put things right next Thursday when they travel to Croatia to face NK Osijek in the return leg.