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PSV win again

Published on 18 February 2006 at 3:58 PM
On Friday night, PSV and OL again underlined their uncanny magnetism. Kicking-off at exactly the same time, both sides extended their leads at the top of the table with identical 3-1 wins.
While both teams are leading their respective championships, the similarities end there.
Indeed, while OL impressed with a convincing win of Nantes, PSV struggled to overcome a modest Vitesse Arnhem, 13th in the Eredivisie. In the post-match press conference Guus Hiddink didn’t try and hide his side’s difficulties. Unhappy with the level of commitment shown by certain players, Hiddink declared he was worried by his team’s performance, particularly in the first half.

Benefitting from a full-stregnth squad, the Dutch coach started with the surprise selection of Aruna Koné in his starting line-up after the Ivorian had only just returned from making the final of the CAN against Egypt. Partnering Vennegoor of Hesselink and Jefferson Farfan in a three-pronged attack, Koné made way for Beasley on the hour mark. In the defence, the return of Alex helped PSV clean up an uncharacteristic number of errors at the back.

Just four days before their round of 16 Champions League clash, Philip Cocu and co. did the minimum, equalising through Farfan in stoppage time at the end of the first half, before Lamey scored a second with a lucky cross-cum-shot on 85 minutes. In the final seconds, the Peruvian Farfan then underlined why he will be the principal threat to Lyon when he turned home a Vennegoor pass. Farfan now has 17 goals in the league and has scored an impressive eight goals in his last seven games.
PSV now lead AZ and Feyenoord, who play on Sunday, by eight points.
If the win was far from impressive, Lyon would do well to remember that PSV have now won eight games in a row.

PSV: Gomes – Lucius, Ooijer (Culina, 81), Alex, Lamey – Cocu (cap.), Simons, Väyrynen (Assati, 60) – Koné (Beasley, 61), Vennegoor of Hesselink, Farfan.