PSV Eindhoven came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 in their first group stage encounter in the Champions League on Tuesday night at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. It was a match that united fans would like to forget, more because of Luke Shaw’s injury than the result after he suffered a leg-break in the first half.
With the score tied at 0-0, the English left-back made a run into the box only to be stopped in his tracks by PSV’s Hector Moreno. though Moreno blocked the dribble, his trailing leg crashed into Shaw’s leg and broke it below the knee. The game was stopped for a while until Shaw was treated, given oxygen and eventually stretchered off.
Memphis Depay opened the scoring against his former club with a neat dribble into the box to beat two defenders and then score past the goalkeeper. After receiving a pass from Daley Blind, he cut into the box from the left flank, tricked two defenders and, though Jeroen Zoet tried to rush forward to block the shot, the Dutch winger slotted it between the goalkeeper’s legs to score.
But their lead did not last until half-time with Moreno scoring from a corner kick in the final minutes of the first half which was extended because of Shaw’s injury. Maxime Lestienne swung in a corner from the left that found Moreno in the centre of the box who headed his shot on target. Although Daley blind was in the way, his header wasn’t strong enough to deflect it away from goal as a stranded De Gea looked on.
PSV then took the lead 11 minutes into the second half. Andres Guardado first released Lestienne down the left flank who then crossed the ball towards the far post where an unmarked Luciano Narsingh scored with a diving header to make it 2-1. It was an effective counter with the United back-line caught off guard and unable to get back in time to cover the Dutch forward.