PSV started without the sick Mario Götze and the not quite fit defender André Ramalho. Mexican midfielder Érick Gutiérrez therefore had to start as central mandekker in the last line, next to Jordan Teze.
The (forced, this time) changes in PSV’s line-up did not hurt the home team at first. Within two minutes, the first goal was already scored on the Eindhoven side.
Left back Philipp Max crossed, the ball went through a forest of legs and at the end the sun shone for Japanese Ritsu Doan and a goal.
Referee Jochem Kamphuis was still called to the side by VAR Edwin van de Graaf, because the video arbitrator wanted to point out to his colleague that PSV striker Carlos Vinícius was offside.
The Brazilian attacker was indeed offside, but that happened so early in the attack before the goal that Kamphuis decided to leave Doan’s goal: 1-0.
For example, PSV’s fastest goal after the start of a competition match since 2009 was a fact.
Then a very sloppy phase started for PSV, in which Joey Veerman excelled in losing the ball. However, that did not provide opportunities for Willem II.
Cody Gakpo therefore decided to do what the Tilburgers failed to do: score. A cross from the right was allowed to be released and the PSV attacker hit the mark.
Bizarre here was the behavior of Willem II keeper Timon Wellenreuther, who leisurely strolled towards the bet, as if the ball would go wide. However, Gakpo’s headbutt hit the post and bounced in: 2-0.
The German goalkeeper of the Tilburg team recovered somewhat by stopping Mauro Junior from scoring with a catlike reflex.
When Vinicius had to be replaced after sustaining an apparently serious hamstring injury, Che Nunnely nodded the connecting goal out of the blue: 2-1.
Willem II, one of the clubs in the Eredivisie with the fewest goals, suddenly found himself at arm’s length from PSV. Until Eran Zahavi scored the 3-1 shortly before half time.
Immediately after the break, Willem II received the signal that there might be something to be gained in Eindhoven, at a PSV that sometimes dropped very far in terms of level.
So it could happen that Nunnely became dangerous again. His shot was parried by PSV keeper Yvon Mvogo, the rebound was a breeze for Willem II striker Elton Kabangu: 3-2.
An interesting, open game ensued, in which it seemed that things could go either way. PSV was of course the dominant party in its own stadium, but the visitors showed with vicious counter punches that they certainly couldn’t hide in Eindhoven.
But after a goal by Bruma, which was rightly disallowed (offside), it still became 4-2. A long ball from Veerman was accidentally extended by Wessel Dammers.
The defender of Willem II wanted to play back on his goalkeeper, but he had already come too far from his goal. The fourth, unfortunate, goal for the Tilburgers was on the board.
For example, the gap of number two PSV on leader Eredivisie-Ajax has been reduced to four points.
Next week the top posters AZ – Ajax and Feyenoord – PSV are on the program. The super exciting title fight could just be decided.
The decision has not yet been made at the bottom. Willem II is now last on goal difference, but the numbers seventeen (Sparta) and sixteen (PEC Zwolle) have just as many points as the Tilburgers: 26.
Number fifteen RKC Waalwijk has two points more. That club will play at home against FC Groningen late tonight.