Phillip Cocu’s team could not take all three points against Panathinaikos in the UEFA Europa League match last night. In the Philips stadium PSV dominated for large spells and deservedly took the lead through Memphis. They did not kill off the game after the break, however, which cost them dearly as the visitors gradually got back into the game and scored an equalizer three minutes before the end.
PSV immediately took control and saw most of the ball, but could not cut open the well-organised compact Greek defence. The deadlock was broken in the 45th minute when PSV started a counter move. De Jong superbly played in Memphis, who rounded the keeper before calmly slotting home the opening goal. He then took off his shirt and was booked. Half-time score: 1-0.
The second half continued in the same vein. PSV were the better team and left back Jetro Willems forced keeper Steele into a good save four minutes after the restart. PSV failed to kill off the game though, took things too easy and leaned back, handing the Greeks a lifeline. Panathinaikos threw everything forward and the visitors leveled the score three minutes before the end.