Noni Madueke scores as PSV advance to Conference League quarter-finals


The Dutch led with barely ten minutes of play when, as in the first leg, Eran Zahavi scored a fine finish. The Israeli midfielder controlled Mario Gotze’s pass into the box and fired the ball past the goalkeeper.

The Dutch didn’t look like visitors as they continued to press their hosts in the first half. The pressure paid off when left-back Phillip Max played a hopeful ball into the box before Mario Gotze came on unmarked to drive the ball home.

As the intensity increased in the second half, both teams lost their cool. Copenhagen defender Denis Vavro was lucky to only receive a yellow card for his dangerous tackle.

Copenhagen then felt they should have had a penalty for Olivier Boscagli’s reckless challenge on Jens Stage. However, in the absence of VAR, the referee could not check if it was a penalty.

Japan winger Ritsu Doan teased and taunted Copenhagen defenders before reuniting with this man Zahavi. The Israeli made no mistake in scoring his third goal of the knockout game.

It was Zahavi and Doan’s last contribution as the pair were replaced by Carlos Vinicius and Noni Madueke in the 83rd minute.

Madueke capitalized on his appearance by dribbling past a few defenders before beating the Copenhagen goalkeeper to score the game’s 12th goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

PSV Eindhoven progress comfortably to the quarter-finals and await Friday’s draw to determine their next opponent.

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