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PSV's Matavž pegs back Milan

Published: Tuesday 20 August 2013, 22.50CET
PSV Eindhoven 1-1 AC Milan
The tie between two former European champions is in the balance after PSV's Tim Matavž cancelled out Stephan El Shaarawy's headed opener.
by Derek Brookman
from PSV Stadion

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Match statistics

PSVMilan

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts19
 
14
on target10
 
5
off target9
 
9
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners5
 
9
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
12
Fouls suffered9
 
19
Passes502
 
489
completed391
 
369

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 20 August 2013, 22.50CET

PSV's Matavž pegs back Milan

PSV Eindhoven 1-1 AC Milan
The tie between two former European champions is in the balance after PSV's Tim Matavž cancelled out Stephan El Shaarawy's headed opener.

A young PSV Eindhoven team showed great maturity to come from behind and record a well-deserved draw against AC Milan in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off.

The Eredivisie leaders dominated the opening 45 minutes, hitting the woodwork and forcing Christian Abbiati into several crucial saves. Yet the only goal of the half came at the other end courtesy of a well-placed Stephan El Shaarawy header. Tim Matavž restored parity on the hour to leave the contest wide open ahead of the return next Wednesday.

PSV almost took the lead in the first minute, but Adam Maher touched Matavž's shot a fraction wide of Abbiati's left-hand post. The whirlwind start continued as the Milan keeper saved from Georginio Wijnaldum before Cristián Zapata deflected Jetro Willems' goal-bound piledriver behind.

However, it was the Serie A giants who opened the scoring with their first attack. Ignazio Abate evaded Memphis Depay's challenge and crossed for the unmarked El Shaarawy to nod in. A minute later Jeroen Zoet tipped Mario Balotelli's shot onto the bar.

Yet still it was Abbiati who was the busier goalkeeper, the 36-year-old making two good blocks from Maher as Phillip Cocu's side attacked relentlessly. The lively PSV midfielder then hit the bar from just inside the box after outmuscling Zapata.

The Serie A team came out stronger after the break and only a superb interception by Willems at the back post prevented El Shaarawy from doubling his own, and his side's, tally. The hosts responded by giving the Rossoneri a taste of their own medicine and scoring against the run of play. Abbiati could not hold Jeffrey Bruma's swerving shot and Matavž gleefully headed in the rebound.

Milan almost forced a winner at the death, but Zoet made a fine save from substitute Andrea Poli to keep the game, and the final outcome, in the balance.

Last updated: 05/09/13 6.17CET

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Lineups

psv

PSV

milan

Milan

21
ZoetJeroen Zoet (GK)
32
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
3
RekikKarim Rekik
4
MuntariSulley Muntari
Yellow Card63
5
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
6
MaherAdam Maher
Yellow Card45+2
10
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
Yellow Card38
Substitution84
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Substitution89
17
ZapataCristián Zapata
9
MatavžTim Matavž
Goal60
Substitution76
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo (C)
10
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum (C)
20
AbateIgnazio Abate
15
WillemsJetro Willems
28
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
22
DepayMemphis Depay
34
N. de JongNigel de Jong
Substitution78
26
BrenetJoshua Brenet
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Yellow Card70
33
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution68
92
El ShaarawyStephan El Shaarawy
Goal15

Substitutes

1
TytońPrzemysław Tytoń (GK)
1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
2
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
16
PoliAndrea Poli
Substitution78
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen
21
ConstantKévin Constant
11
LocadiaJürgen Locadia
Substitution76
23
NocerinoAntonio Nocerino
13
AriasSantiago Arias
37
PetagnaAndrea Petagna
14
JozefzoonFlorian Jozefzoon
Substitution68
78
NiangM'Baye Niang
Substitution84
27
HiljemarkOscar Hiljemark
Substitution89
81
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo

Coach

Phillip Cocu (NED) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Mete Kalkavan (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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