PSV Eindhoven through to Round of 16 after late winner against Sevilla

PSV Eindhoven booked their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a dramatic comeback against Spanish side Sevilla on Wednesday evening. The Dutch side struggled in the first half with Sevilla dominating. The hosts scored their first through veteran defender Sergio Ramos who steered in a free-kick to put the home side ahead. Youssef En-Nesyri then scored Sevilla’s second of the game and it looked as though it was going to be a comfortable victory for the Spaniards.

However, the game changed in a five minute spell in the second half. In the 63rd minute Lucas Ocampos was shown a yellow card for dissent after seeing a decision not go his way. This was only the start of the downfall for Sevilla as merely three minutes later the midfielder was shown his second yellow of the game after he crashed into a mistimed tackle and was subsequently sent off. PSV could feel that the game had turned and they had the opportunity to get back into the game. They made use of their advantage two minutes later as Ismael Saibari volleyed the cross into the back of the net.

After this it was back’s against the wall defending for Sevilla as they tried to hold onto their lead, but this disappeared 10 minutes from the end of play as an own-goal from Nemanja Gudelj saw PSV draw level. It was looking as though the game would peter out into a draw but Peter Bosz’s team had one last trick up their sleeve, Ricardo Pepi. The substitute had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes but found himself scoring the winning goal to seal a memorable comeback for the Dutch league leaders. The game finished with PSV beating Sevilla by 3-2.

PSV’s confirmed qualification into the next round of the competition was depended on the results in the other game in the group, between Arsenal and Lens, if Lens lost to Arsenal then PSV would have automatically qualified. The team from London were comfortable 6-0 winners over the French side and meant that it was numerically impossible for Lens to catch PSV in second place. PSV are guaranteed second spot and Arsenal will go through as group winners, irrespective of the outcome of the game between the two sides in two weeks time.

GBeNeFN | Max Mumford

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