Sam Lammers shines in PSV’s 1-1 draw at FC Groningen
Sam Lammers scored his first league goal to save PSV’s blushes against FC Groningen in the Noordlease Stadion on Sunday afternoon. PSV were held to a 1-1 draw and will have to settle for third place.
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Captain Luuk de Jong returned to the starting line-up after having warmed the bench the last two games. The first half was a scrappy affair, with both teams guilty of a lot of misplaced passes.
FC Groningen patiently waited to start counter attacks. Their game plan proved to be efficient on 11 minutes. Mimoun Mahi collected a loose ball and unleashed a long-range effort that sailed into the top corner: 1-0.
It was still 1-0 at half-time. PSV played a low-tempo game and the FC Groningen defence was solid and well-organised. FC Groningen goalkeeper Sergio Padt needed to make one save to deny De Jong.
Jürgen Locadia, who sustained a serious injury against FC Groningen in this season’s corresponding fixture, suffered more injury woe after limping off with a fresh injury. Sam Lammers came off the bench to replace him.
The substitution soon paid off. The tall young striker, who came through the ranks at PSV, noddied home a rebound from close range to open his goal scoring account for PSV: 1-1.
Lammers thought he had scored a second goal with twenty minutes remaining, but saw his goal controversially chalked off by referee Dennis Higler for an alleged foul.
PSV had more chances to score the winning goal. They threw men forward and threatened from set-pieces but Padt made a number of fair saves to keep his side in the game. No more goals were scored and as Ajax beat Go Ahead Eagles in Amsterdam, PSV will finish the season in third place.
Sam Lammers was left with mixed feelings after the 1-1 draw. On the one hand, he was delighted having scored his first senior goal for PSV but on the other hand the striker was upset his second goal was disallowed by the referee. Read his and Phillip Cocu’s post-match reaction on psv.nl