Good evening from a brisk London. I’m Girvane Bila and welcome to our Europa League showdown between PSV Eindhoven and AS Monaco at the Philips Stadion. Both teams will look to build on the four points from their opening two games.
After both teams managed to secure a draw with La Liga side Real Sociedad, defeat this evening could see either of these teams drop into the third spot of Group B.
Here are the line-ups:
This game is significant for others reasons too, as Monaco play their 200th European game. A win tonight will be an impactful one, with Les Monegasques sitting in 10th place in the Ligue 1 standings, yet to hit their stride.
PSV Eindhoven however, are in second place and have been fantastic to watch. They eased past PEC Zwolle 3-1 and will be confident ahead of this one. A win will strengthen their place in pole position and will take that momentum into De Topper, the match against their rivals Ajax.
Myron Boadu returns to his homeland of the Netherlands but has struggled to be an impactful signing since joining in the summer. He has won the last two games here at the Philips Stadion so Niko Kovac will look to his experience. AS Monaco’s young star Aurélien Tchouaméni comes back after his league suspension.
1st minute – We are underway at a buzzing Philips Stadion as Monaco kicks off.
2nd minute – Noni Madueke shows his brilliant progression of the ball and is fouled by Caio Henrique on the right hand side of the pitch
7th minute – Monaco could have taken the lead there. A wonderful ball is played by Caio Henrique which is then volleyed into the six yard box by Benoit Badiashile. Myron Boadu flies in to meet it only to not connect with the cross.
11th minute – PSV survive another attack as Kevin Volland finds Jean Lucas on the flank, only to produce a tame shot collected by goalkeeper Drommel.
16th minute – After sustaining a wave of attacks by the French side, PSV are now starting to string passes together, before an attempted pass to Cody Gakpo is cut out. Both teams clearly still yet to land the first killer blow.
18th minute – GOAL! Guess who? Myron Boadu. First blood drawn! He is ecstatic and rightfully so, his first goal for Monaco. Caio Henrique plays a looping through ball that perfectly allows Boadu to get in position and puts it through Drommel’s legs. Cheeky from the Dutchman.
22nd minute – PSV are finding it difficult to penetrate Monaco. Kovac’s men are showing excellent positioning in defence which is combined with PSV overplaying the ball, lacking that incisive pass.
27th minute – The game is now seeing a lot of transitions. PSV found themselves running back after just having the ball, where Kevin Volland collected the ball and struck a fierce shot from range. Drommel did not want take chances and palms it for a corner.
30th minute – Gakpo looks threatening. He is able to turn wonderfully and thus enables space for him to shoot from just outside the box. Bad luck though, as it hits teammate Carlos Vinicius.
32nd minute – Corner to PSV. Captain Mark Van Ginkel heads it but lacked direction and it is straight at Alexander Nubel. PSV have 51% possession but they have been wasteful with the ball and cannot seem to shake it off. Monaco look like the much sharper team.
36th minute – Another corner to PSV. The ball appeared to strike the scorer Boadu’s hand during the corner, but the referee waved it away immediately. Supposedly because he controls it and ends up hitting the hand. No penalty despite the appeals from the home side.
39th minute – Speaking of Boadu, he should have made it two. Youssouf Fofana plays a majestic pass from deep which sets the striker on his way. He waits to finally shoot but the recovery tackle by defender Armando Obispo is excellent and the danger is averted.
Half-time – Just as the game got increasingly exciting, the referee plays the role of buzzkill and ends the first half. Monaco will be happy with their performance. Boadu got his first goal and could have ended up with multiple if it were not for terrific defending by Obispo. PSV have been wasteful and will need to get rid of their profiligacy if they stand a chance of winning.
The first half started slow but the game as always comes to life after Boadu’s goal. PSV manager Roger Schmidt will give an inspired team talk after a slow performance that seemed like the Dutch side needed a reaction to get going. For Monaco, they will look to keep the defence organised and have Boadu getting in behind after his well taken goal. Another goal will surely put Eredivisie team in trouble and force them to really commit to get back in the game.
47th minute – PSV’s first real chance falls to Vinicius. He finally is able to get in behind and shoots but central defender Guillermo Maripan does well and get across to block it. The Dutch team have started brightly.
49th minute – Roger Schmidt’s have finally come out to play. Vinicius is released once again and unleashes a fierce low drive which is met by a firm left hand by Nubel.
51st minute – Gakpo’s frustration gets the better of him and it is shown in a bad foul by him. The first yellow card of the game goes to the Dutch winger.
54th minute – Substitution. It goes from bad to worse. Madueke has pulled his hamstring and his night is over. It looked to have occured when pressing Caio Henrique and his reaction says it all. He is replaced immediately by Yorbe Vertessen.
58th minute – GOAL! Gakpo’s low drive sends the home fans into a frenzy. It was a much needed equaliser and it started with Philip Max winning the ball and off he goes. He passes it to Vinicius who miscontrols it but mysteriously finds it way back to the Dutch international and drills it into it home.
62nd minute – The home team have scored one but they are not satisfied, they want more. And they could have had another as Vin Ginkel has a shot from range, but the ball sails to the left. The crowd is roaring more than ever in this game and it has definitely been heard by the players.
65th minute – Substitution. Strange scenes here at the Philips Stadion. Goalscorer Gakpo has taken a heavy fall and his night is over as well Another injury for PSV. He is quickly substituted by Portuguese winger Jeffrey Bruma. This is not good for them. Both wingers gone before their De Topper clash against rivals Ajax.
66th minute – Monaco are holding on for dear life here. They are simply chasing the home side who have swung the game right into their direction. Myron Boadu looks agitated just simply running after PSV’s defenders.
70th minute – Substitution. When do you see a game where both goalscorers are substituted? Myron Boadu comes off for talisman Wissam Ben Yedder and Youssouf Fofana is off for Eliot Matazo.
74th minute – Another double change by the visitors. Youngster Sofiane Diop and Winger Gelson Martins come on for Axel Disasi and Jean Lucas. It appears to a tactical change with Monaco now going to a back four.
76th minute – Another booking for PSV and it appears to be Vinicius for simulation. Vinicius was fouled but the flop from him is worthy of him winning Best Act in a Leading Role. The referee immediately cautions him.
80th minute – Mwene has found Vertessen on the right side of the box and he puts it..over! The substitute lacked composure and snatches at the shot with no real sense of direction, blazing high over.
85th minute – Substitution. Off comes Carlos Vinicius and on comes Isaraeli forward Eran Zahavi. The crowd shown their appreciation for a man who has been on form for club and country these past few weeks. With the game at a stalemate, can he provide a crucial match winner?
89th minute – GOAL! We have a match winner and it is not Zahavi, it’s SOFIANE DIOP! Kovac’s subsitutions have paid off and he is jubilant. Caio Henrique with a brilliant cross along the ground and all Diop had to do was connect, which he did. His fifth goal of the season and that should give the Monaco the win at Eindhoven. ALLEZ SOFIANE.
93rd minute – Monaco are holding on yet again as Bruma crosses it aiming for a PSV head. But it is caught by Nubel and that should be it. Monaco have appeared to gone and won their 200th game in Europe right at the death, thanks to Sofiane Diop.
Full-time – A second half that will have Schmidt’s men kicking themselves. That was their half to win the game but instead Monaco have come to their ground and snatched it at the final minutes. PSV’s bench were punching the chairs and the Red and Whites will certainly be as angry in the changing room. Monaco now top of Group B whereas PSV slip down to third place.
After a below average start to the season for Kovac’s men. Their 200th European match could not have been more dramatic after a much needed win that will now boost morale among Les Monégasques. This was an organised performance, with enough quality to win the game and that is what happened. PSV were the much better team in the second half, yet their first half essentially costed them this match. Monaco took advantage of that in the first half, something Roger Schmidt will have to fix.
Both teams play their league games on Sunday. Monaco will play Montpellier home at the Stade Louis II. While PSV play their biggest game of the season so far, against their rivals Ajax away in De Topper.
And that is all from me, Girvane Bila. Hope you enjoyed this thrilling game which went right to the last minute. It will most definitely be a massive weekend for PSV. Can Schmidt’s men put this painful defeat aside and focus on their huge clash with the defending Dutch champions? Or will Ajax pounce onto this defeat and add to the misery?