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Dzsudzsák keeps PSV on course

FC København 1-1 PSV Eindhoven
Balázs Dzsudzsák replied to Jesper Grønkjær's opener to preserve PSV's unbeaten record this season and keep his side first in Group K.

PSV's Ibrahim Afellay and Danko Lazović battle with FCK's Martin Vingaard
PSV's Ibrahim Afellay and Danko Lazović battle with FCK's Martin Vingaard ©Getty Images

PSV Eindhoven came from a goal behind to secure a vital point at FC København with a 1-1 draw that keeps them in pole position in Group K.

Unbeaten run
A 40th-minute penalty from Jesper Grønkjær had given København a deserved lead. However, PSV were the better team after the break and extended their unbeaten record this season to 20 games when Balázs Dzsudzsák struck with 18 minutes remaining. The draw lifts FCK into third in the section.

Cagey opening
PSV had narrowly won the sides' first meeting a fortnight ago and the opening was suitably cagey. The hosts began to exert a level of control, though, and had the first opening midway through the first half when William Kvist made a nuisance of himself in the area. The ball broke for Hjalte Nørregaard, whose firm low drive was superbly saved by Andreas Isaksson.

Away response
The hosts were in the ascendancy and were rewarded five minutes before half-time when Francisco Rodríguez impeded Dame N'Doye in the area, Grønkjær stroking home the penalty. Leaders of the section before kick-off, PSV came out on the front foot after the break. They had already given København a few reminders of their potency when, 12 minutes into the second period, Jonathan Reis came within centimetres of levelling, sliding Ibrahim Afellay's cross just wide.

PSV were ramping up the pressure and it finally told in the 72nd minute when Danko Lazović's low cross came all the way to the back post where Dzsudzsák was on hand to side-foot in. The visitors were well and truly on top now, yet København – in need of a win far more than their rivals – threw caution to the wind and Atiba Hutchinson nearly gave them three points with five minutes remaining, but his header was cleared off the line by Lazović.