Hello and welcome to the live blog for the UEFA Europa League clash between PSV Eindhoven and AS Monaco at the Philips Stadion in the city of Eindhoven. This promises to be an exciting game of football contested by two evenly matched teams, with both sides locked on four points at the top of Group B, separated only by goal difference.
PSV have won three of their last four home matches in this competition, while Monaco have won just two of their eight matches in the Europa League, perhaps handing a bit of an advantage to the home side.
Who will win this top of the table European bout? Let’s find out!
The lineups are in! This is how AS Monaco will start this game
PSV Eindhoven name a strong starting eleven for this crunch tie
KICKOFF! – We are off and running in the first half between PSV Eindhoven and AS Monaco.
5′ Both teams sparring in the first five minutes with no clear cut chances just yet. It’s clear already that Aurelien Tchouameni is running the show in midfield for the visitors.
8′ CHANCE! Myron Boadu nearly makes it 1-0 to Monaco after a lovely switch of play finds Caio Henrique on the left. His cross however just evades the touch of Boadu who was just centimetres away from opening the scoring.
15′ PSV are struggling to control this game in front of their fans with Monaco stealing possession and grabbing a foothold in this game. The French side continue to look strong going forward.
19′ GOAL! AS Monaco take the league in Eindhoven! It’s the vision of Henrique once again on that left flank who spots the run of Boadu, and the striker times his run to perfection, needing just one touch to score past PSV goalkeeper Joel Drommel. It’s a lovely finish and a well deserved goal for the away team here. 1-0 to Monaco.
27′ GOOD SAVE! Monaco continue their push for a second and this time it’s Kevin Volland who fires one from distance with his left foot, only to see a diving Drommel keep it out smartly and keep his side in the game in this first half.
33′ HEADER! PSV are fighting back in this game and nearly found an equaliser after a header from Marco van Ginkel. The Dutch side’s skipper got up highest from a corner but his effort is easy enough for Monaco keeper Alexander Nubel to handle.
33′ CHANCE AT THE OTHER END! Immediately after van Ginkel’s effort, a neat counter from Monaco sees Jean Lucas presented with a golden opportunity to double his team’s advantage but he can’t keep his shot on target.
41′ JUST WIDE! Mario Gotze rolls back the years by getting on the ball for PSV and then firing a long ranger towards goal, but it’s a fair distance wide in the end and isn’t troubling the keeper.
HALF-TIME! It’s been an exciting first half of football at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. Monaco took the lead after a brilliant finish from Myron Boadu and though they have been the better side, PSV have fought back and look like they could mount a real challenge in the second period. It’s 1-0 to the visitors as things stand but stay tuned because we could have a real match on our hands!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! We are off and running in the second half here in Eindhoven with Monaco a goal up.
48′ HUGE OPPORTUNITY! Carlos Vinicius manages to get behind the Monaco back line but he cannot finish the chance off, allowing Guillermo Maripan to make the recovering challenge for his team. But PSV look up for this at the start of the second half.
49′ GAKPO WITH THE EFFORT! Monaco are struggling here. This team it’s a poor clearance from Nubel that allows Cody Gakpo a shot on goal but he fires it straight at the goalkeeper and the chance is gone.
51′ NUBEL DENIES AGAIN! PSV come firing once again with Carlos Vinicius but this team his effort from just outside the box requires a strong hand from Alexander Nubel to keep the score 1-0.
59′ GOAL! This one has been coming for a while. It’s Cody Gakpo who makes it 1-1 after receiving the ball back via a touch from Vinicius. His shot from outside the box catches Nubel off guard and the ball smashes into the back of the net. The fans are elated and PSV get what they deserve. 1-1 and game on!
65′ Monaco have finally managed to stop the dominance from PSV but the home side look confident. Following the goal, Gakpo has been forced off due to injury, being replaced by Bruma. How big could that prove to be?
70′ Wissam Ben Yedder is among the players now coming on for Monaco to make a difference. The highly acclaimed striker is replacing goalscorer Myron Boadu.
75′ NO PENALTY! Carlos Vinicius goes down in the box following what appeared to be a touch from Maripan, but the referee shakes his head and play goes on.
75′ Young Sofiane Diop has come on for Monaco. It’s clear that the French side are chasing the game and need something to get a bit of control back in this tie.
82′ BRAVE GOALKEEPING! Wissam Ben Yedder combines with fellow substitute Diop and is through on goal for a moment, only to be denied by the brave goalkeeping of Drummel who spotted the danger and got to the ball quickly.
89′ GOAL! Oh my what a moment! Monaco have stolen this right at the end. Against the run of play it’s Caio Henrique who delivers a pinpoint cross into the box and it’s tapped home by substitute Sofiane Diop. The youngster has silenced the home support and sent the away fans into delirium! It’s 2-1 to Monaco with very little time left.
FULL TIME! The final whistle blows and it’s a late winner from Sofiane Diop that seals the three points for Monaco in a game that they perhaps were lucky to win in the end. It’s heartbreak for PSV and their fans but Monaco now lead Group B with seven points while PSV stay rooted at four points with work to do to secure qualification.