Goals from the trio saw the Boeren lift their first piece of silverware since 2008 at the expense of Heracles, who proved powerless to resist the Eindhoven side
PSV have won the KNVB Beker after a convincing 3-0 victory over Heracles on Sunday afternoon at the Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam.
Ola Toivonen was on target before the break for the Eindhoven side, who looked fully in control of the game. Dries Mertens and Jeremain Lens netted in the second period to put the game beyond doubt and help PSV to their first piece of silverware since 2008.
Phillip Cocu's side, meddling in fourth place in the league following an indifferent spell of form, started the potentially season-defining tie in comfortable fashion. Recalled striker Lens was put through just seconds after kick-off, but the forward’s attempt rolled inches wide.
The Eindhoven outfit continued to dominated the proceedings but were struggling to break down a resilient Heracles defence. The Almelo outfit eventually responded fifteen minutes in, when Przemyslaw Tyton’s fingertip save blocked Willy Overtoom’s dipping effort.
Remko Pasveer then made a brilliant intervention at the other end, denying Mertens after Lens had put the Belgian through.The Dutch stopper continued to be his side’s strongest performer, fending off efforts from Toivonen and Georginio Wijnaldum in quick succession.
The keeper proved beatable, however, with Toivonen finding the breakthrough in the 30th minute. The PSV skipper exquisitely latched on to a delivery from Zakaria Labyad, backheeling the ball past a helpless Pasveer.
PSV retained the offensive momentum, and continued to find space to exploit. Heracles were largely limited to counter-attacking, and came close to an equaliser when Samuel Armenteros made a jinxing run into the danger area.
The Swede was adjudged to have handled the ball in the midst of his foray, however, subsequently squandering his side’s best chance of the half. Heracles came out of the break a revitalised side, but it was their opponents who forged the second half’s first opening of note.
Lens sent a curling delivery towards Wijnaldum following some crisp midfield exchanges, but the Netherlands international somehow failed to find the target from yards out. PSV found their second in the 56th minute, courtesy of brave finishing from Mertens.
The diminutive winger leaped high to nod home Erik Pieters' long ball, clashing with Pasveer in the process. On-field medical assistance was required to patch up both players while the Eindhoven faithful began their celebrations.
In the 63rd minute Lens putting the tie to bed with a sumptuous finish. The striker outmuscled Ben Rienstra to win the ball, and his lobbed effort into the far corner left Pasveer grasping.
Late acrobatics from Tyton denied Heracles a consolation goal as the goalkeeper brilliantly palmed away Everton’s volley. The keeper was again called into action minutes before the final whistle, but Armenteros’ shot failed to trouble the Pole.
The comfortable victory sees PSV lift its first piece of silverware since 2008, while Heracles’ trophy drought is set to extend to 62 years.
The Almelo outfit will nonetheless enter the playoffs for European football for only the second time in their history, provided PSV maintain their title chase and finish in the top six.