Sunday, May 3, 2009

PSV drops points to N.E.C.

PSV's farewell party for Dwight Lodeweges, Jason Culina and Jan Wouters ended in disappointment as they played N.E.C. to a 1-1 draw. While a Champions League berth is sewn-up by Twente, a victory would have brought PSV within a point of Ajax as they enter the final match day of the campaign against Willem II.

Received well by a packed Philips Stadion Dwight Lodeweges, Jason Culina and Jan Wouters were honoured for their service to the club. Sadly the last moments of the match were not befitting of the day and PSV gave away the three points. The opening forty-five minutes was marked with well managed midfield play and whilst each side had notable scoring chances, neither could find the back of the net. Twelve minutes into the new half Milano Koenders was adjudged a penalty after fouling Danko Lazović in the area. The Serbian international stepped-up and pounded the ball into the back of the net giving PSV the 1-0 lead. However in a ever-so typical moment of madness he took his shirt off in the celebration and naturally received a booking, disqualifying him for next weeks year-end conclusion. Yet the turn of events wasn't limited there as six minutes later he received his second booking for a handball and now PSV was playing a man down. The complexion of the match had definitely changed and with ten minutes remaining, discipline was cast into the wind as Edison Méndez received a deserved red-card for a positively dreadful challenge of Lasse Schøne. Try as they may to fend off N.E.C. Tim Janssen found the equalizer deep into added-time.