Schmidt again had some changes in store for his starting eleven. For example, Bruma and Ritsu Doan were allowed to start and Cody Gakpo and Ibrahim Sangaré, who excelled against Ajax (the final of the KNVB Cup last week), took place on the bench.
Cambuur started well by not hiding from the visitors and continuing their own good game throughout the season.
After an excellent attack, the ball ended up with attacker Patrick Joosten, who could do nothing but cut the leather towards PSV’s goal. He did so, and because the defense of the Eindhoven team was not afraid of that, the net vibrated: 1-0.
PSV responded with a torrent of attacks on the goal of the Frisians. Striker Eran Zahavi was very close to the equalizer, but the Israeli was not focused.
A shot by Doan was impressively tapped in front of the goal by Cambuur keeper Pieter Bos.
Shortly before the break, the pressure from Brabant on the Leeuwarden goal Cambuur became too much. Another corner for PSV ended at the feet of Zahavi, who didn’t miss this time: 1-1. It marked the striker’s ninth league goal.
In the second half Cambuur was less able to make a fist and PSV became increasingly stronger.
After defender Sekou Sylla van de Frisians was sent off with a red card, and Cambuur had to continue with ten men, there was no stopping it.
After one of the many attacks and dead game moments, Mario Götze hit the target. Keeper Bos didn’t look good here.
PSV then also hit the bar. The lead for the visitors was never in danger and is now four points behind leader Ajax, which only just beat NEC earlier on Saturday.