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Mertens magic earns PSV victory against Legia

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 21.00CET
PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Legia Warszawa
Fred Rutten's team extended their unbeaten European home run to 15 games thanks to Dries Mertens' stunning first-half strike.
Mertens magic earns PSV victory against Legia
Dries Mertens celebrates his decisive strike ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PSVLegia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
4
Corners7
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 21.00CET

Mertens magic earns PSV victory against Legia

PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Legia Warszawa
Fred Rutten's team extended their unbeaten European home run to 15 games thanks to Dries Mertens' stunning first-half strike.

PSV Eindhoven opened their UEFA Europa League Group C campaign with victory courtesy of Dries Mertens' first-half goal.

Unbeaten in 14 European fixtures at PSV Stadion, it was little surprise to see Fred Rutten's team demonstrate a composure their visitors lacked. As dominant as they were serene, PSV's buoyancy was typified no better than by the display of Mertens, whose 21st-minute strike proved the difference.

The Belgian international, boasting seven goals already for his club this season, went close three times inside the opening 20 minutes. It proved fourth time lucky midway through the opening period; Marcin Komorowski looked to have cleared the danger for Legia after shrewdly intercepting a through ball, but Mertens struck a splendidly instinctive strike from the left edge of the penalty area which whistled past Dušan Kuciak.

Yet to test Polish goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń come half-time, Legia at least had their countryman scrambling six minutes after the interval, Komorowski's deft back-header drifting narrowly wide. Normal service soon resumed, however, as Mertens pulled the strings for PSV once more with a sumptuous cross from the left which Tim Matavž headed over.

Sharper and more inventive throughout, Rutten's men nevertheless struggled to rubber-stamp all three points. A handful of half-chances came and went, notably Stanislav Manolev's late dink which was well saved by Kuciak, but it mattered not, for the visitors – Jakub Wawrzyniak's meaty strike in the final minute aside – were unable to conjure up anything with which to concern Tytoń.

Last updated: 17/09/11 0.06CET

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Lineups

psv

PSV

legia

Legia

21
TytońPrzemysław Tytoń (GK)
12
KuciakDušan Kuciak (GK)
2
ManolevStanislav Manolev
2
JędrzejczykArtur Jędrzejczyk
3
BoumaWilfred Bouma
5
GolJanusz Gol
Substitution65
4
MarceloMarcelo
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
5
PietersErik Pieters
9
ManúManú
Substitution46
6
StrootmanKevin Strootman
14
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
7
ToivonenOla Toivonen (C)
Substitution89
16
BorysiukAriel Borysiuk
Yellow Card3
9
MatavžTim Matavž
17
KomorowskiMarcin Komorowski
10
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
21
VrdoljakIvica Vrdoljak (C)
11
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution73
28
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
14
MertensDries Mertens
Goal21
Yellow Card36
31
RybusMaciej Rybus
Substitution81

Substitutes

33
SinouhKhalid Sinouh (GK)
84
SkabaWojciech Skaba (GK)
8
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar
Substitution89
15
Iñaki AstizIñaki Astiz
16
IbrahimRabiu Ibrahim
20
KoseckiJakub Kosecki
Substitution81
17
TamataAbel Tamata
25
RzeźniczakJakub Rzeźniczak
18
DerijckTimothy Derijck
32
RadovićMiroslav Radović
Substitution46
20
LabyadZakaria Labyad
33
ŻyroMichał Żyro
Substitution65
23
OjoFunso Ojo
Substitution73
34
OhayonMoshe Ohayon

Coach

Fred Rutten (NED) Maciej Skorża (POL)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN), Istvan Albert (HUN)

Fourth official

Zoltan Ivanyi (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Ádám Németh (HUN)

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