An early Mohamed Bangura strike earned AIK victory over PSV Eindhoven in UEFA Europa League Group F, a result that keeps alive the Swedish side's hopes of qualification for the round of 32.
In a game of few chances at Råsundastadion, Bangura's left-footed effort separated the teams. Despite PSV laying siege to the hosts' goal in the closing stages, AIK held firm to record a much-needed win which leaves them within two points of SSC Napoli, who moved up to second in the section by defeating FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4-2.
PSV made a bright start but struggled to convert possession into clear-cut opportunities – a problem that would hinder the Dutch club throughout the match. AIK marshalled the attacking trio of Dries Mertens, Tim Matavž and Luciano Narsingh to good effect and stunned the visitors by taking a 12th-minute lead, Bangura cutting in from the right and curling a magnificent shot over the stretching Boy Waterman.
The goal seemed to breathe confidence into the Allsvenskan outfit, who continued to defend diligently and threaten on the break. It was AIK who carved out the best openings before the interval, Bangura dragging wide when well placed and Celso Borges flashing a powerful cross-shot across goal.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with PSV unable to capitalise on long spells of dominance. They were almost caught cold for a second time when Helgi Daníelsson's snapshot flew past Waterman, only for the ball to clip the crossbar before rebounding to safety. PSV threw men forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages, but AIK hung on to register a famous victory.
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