UEFA Champions League UCL: PSV Share Spoils With Borussia Dortmund

Tuesday’s first leg of PSV Eindhoven’s Champions League last-16 match against Borussia Dortmund at the Philips Stadion saw Donyell Malen score an incredible goal against his former team, but Luuk de Jong’s penalty in the second half sealed a 1-1 draw for PSV.

After twenty-four minutes, Dutch international Malen scored a thundering strike from a close range, but the home team had the better opportunities and eventually took the lead when De Jong scored from a penalty kick that was given after Dortmund defender Mats Hummels had fouled.

With the goal, PSV’s run of 31 games without a loss at home across all competitions is now at 31. The tie is now evenly balanced, with the return leg in Dortmund scheduled for March 13.

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In an attempt to make it to the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2006–07 season, PSV played their first Champions League knockout tie in eight seasons.

Malik Tillman was set up on the edge of the box with a great opportunity to open the scoring, but he dragged his effort wide as the Dortmund defence divided in front of him.

Malen scored a fantastic goal for Dortmund to take the lead. Malen played four successful years at PSV before joining the Bundesliga in 2021.

Despite appearing to be surrounded by two home team defenders, Malen was nevertheless able to get off a strong 14-yard effort that beat goalkeeper Walter Benitez after it deflected slightly and struck the crossbar.

Referee Srdjan Jovanovic gave PSV a penalty kick early in the second half after Hummels charged Tillman.

To the dismay of the visiting team, the VAR validated the on-field judgement even though the defender had a clean touch with the ball prior to making contact with the US player who was born in Germany.

With a simple finish from 12 yards, De Jong made a tiny amount of club history by surpassing Ruud van Nistelrooy to become PSV’s top scorer in the Champions League with nine goals.

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