Mario Götze booked his first victory in the group stage of the Europa League with PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch struggled for a long time in Nicosia. Even with Götze not everything went well after two goals.
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After scoring a memorable goal from around 50 meters, Mario Götze and PSV Eindhoven managed an embarrassing defeat to Cyprus, taking their first victory in the Europa League this season. The 28-year-old world champion hero from 2014 made up a 0: 1 deficit with the Dutch first division on Thursday evening and eventually won 2: 1 (1: 1) at FC Omonoia Nicosia. Still, Götze, who scored twice in his first two games for PSV, struggled long distances against mean Cypriots.
The hosts, who are fourth in the national competition, took the lead in the 29th minute via Jordi Gomez. The Spaniard simply withdrew from his own half. Eindhoven goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, on loan from RB Leipzig, had placed himself well in front of his sixteen and was unable to catch the ball when running backwards. Donyell Malen equalized before the break (40th). It was he who made the decision in the second minute of injury time and put PSV in second place in Group E.
Rome with zero because of outsiders
AS Roma also struggled. At home it was only enough to score an out against CSKA Sofia. The SSC Napoli came to a 1-0 (0-0) at Real Sociedad San Sebastian. Arsenal FC had far fewer problems – the Gunners won 3-0 (2-0) against FC Dundalk.
One of the biggest problems was Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat at FC Antwerp on match day two. With 0: 1 (0: 1), the team of star coach José Mourinho lost to the Belgians. “We can only blame ourselves and praise our opponents,” said the 57-year-old Portuguese. For Mourinho, according to the BBC, it is the first bankruptcy in the Europa League since November 2016. Lior Refaeov scored the only goal.
Mourinho tried everything, switching four times during the break and later one star striker, Harry Kane, before another, Gareth Bale – none of this helped. “I’d rather praise our opponents for playing a great game than accuse us of a terrible game. But I have to do both,” said Mourinho. Antwerp is first in group J with six points, while Spurs is second with three points.