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  • March 4, 2012
  • • 15:30
  • • Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
  • Referee: P. Van Boekel
  • • Attendance: 33000

PSV 2-6 Twente: Fred Rutten's side dismantled as Tukkers fire title warning in dominant display

PSV 2-6 Twente: Fred Rutten's side dismantled as Tukkers fire title warning in dominant display


Eight-goal thriller sees The Enschede side make light work of the hosts despite being reduced to 10 men early in the second half

Twente recorded a memorable victory at the Philips Stadion on Sunday, drubbing PSV 6-2 to burst back into Eredivisie title contention.

Ola John, Willem Janssen, Peter Wisgerhof, and Luuk de Jong had put the visitors in the driving seat before the break, before Leroy Fer completed the rout after Ola Toivonen had pulled one back for the hosts. Janssen added another late on to round off a stunning day for Steve McClaren's men.

Both PSV and Twente entered the match off the back of narrow home victories, having dispatched Feyenoord and Utrecht respectively last weekend. With AZ and Ajax having recorded wins earlier in the round, the pressure was on both sides to grab the full three points in this potential title decider.

The magnitude of the clash appeared to be weighing on the PSV players in the opening exchanges, allowing the visitors to get off to a flying start.

PSV keeper Isaksson was called into action just a few minutes in to deny Luuk de Jong, before Ola John spectacularly opened the scoring in the eighth minute. The winger drifted inwards from the left flank, before lashing a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Though PSV responded positively to the early setback in the form of a long-range effort from star man Dries Mertens, it was Twente who struck again in the 20th minute. Luuk de Jong sent Janssen into space with a crisp pass from the edge of the box, and the Dutchman calmly slotted home to put his side 2-0 up.

And the hosts would be punished for their complacency, conceding a third in the 35th minute. Pressure from the Tukkers saw the ball fall to skipper Wisgerhof, who unleashed a thunderbolt that Isaksson could have done better to keep out.

The PSV defence was all over the place again minutes later, and the visitors ruthlessly capitalised on the scramble to complete their first half blitz. Goalscorer Ola John sent a composed cross towards Luuk de Jong after being afforded acres of space on the left flank, and the Dutch striker coolly headed home his side’s fourth.

The hosts expectedly took the initiative after the break, though the Brabant side remained unable to produce the final ball. They were offered a glimmer of hope in the 51st minute, however, when Twente centre-back Douglas was dismissed.

PSV took advantage of their numerical advantage almost instantly, pulling one back through Toivonen in the 55th minute. Dries Mertens whipped in an inviting free kick from the left flank, which the skipper did well to head home.

Twente remained defensively compact, closing down play in their box while only venturing forward on the counterattack. They were rewarded for their resilience in the 75th minute, when Leroy Fer scored his side’s fifth of the night. A surging run from the midfielder saw him outpace both Hutchinson and Marcelo before coolly slotting past Issakson at point blank range.

Late drama saw both sides net another goal. Toivonen headed home a Labyad cross, before Janssen fired home his second of the night after being sent into space by Luuk de Jong.

The resounding victory sees Twente pull level on points with PSV in second place, though the Tukkers still hold a game in hand over today’s hosts. AZ now top the league table, though the title race remains a tight one with just five points separating the Alkmaar side and sixth-placed Feyenoord.