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Doynell Malen virvoltant, more pas Jadon Sancho… the tops and the flops

Par Maël Chétien

Publié hier à 23:47, Mis à jour à l’instant

Malen managed what Bakayoko missed. Proshots / Panoramic / Peter van Gogh / Proshots / Panoramic / Toin Damen

This Tuesday evening, Eindhoven and Dortmund neutralized each other at the Philips Stadion (1-1), during their round of 16 first leg of the Champions League.

TOPS

Malen played a bad trick on his former team

The round of 16 of the Champions League between PSV Eindhoven and Borussia Dortmund (1-1) was synonymous with a reunion for Donyell Malen, PSV player from 2017 to 2021. And for his return, the NÃ The Dutchman did not spare his former teammates. After two first strikes as a warm-up, Malen adjusted the sights. In the 24th minute, he took the ball on his own and worked his way until he found a right-footed shot from a tight angle. Benitez beaten, the former member of the house did not celebrate. Too late… the damage was done.

Hummels (almost) impeccable

The perfect copy of the 2014 world champion has been wrongly soiled… Mats Hummels dazzled the meeting of his class in the line of four Borussia defenders. Imperial in the air and on the ground, the experienced center did not let a ball escape his head, and cut off all the crosses on the ground of PSV. Impeccable in the restart, he even improvised as Laurent Blanc in the 70th minute by recovering the ball from the feet of his backheel attacker. Unfortunately, his excess of commitment was sanctioned by the referee, Mr. Jovanovic, and the VAR truck, who decided to whistle the penalty which allowed PSV to win. ©equalize (53rd).

FLOPS

The youth of Eindhoven ineffective

They are the strength of this PSV team, but this evening they stalled in front of the cage of Alexander Meyer, last minute replacement for a Gregor Kobel injured in the eye. heating. Bakayoko, Tilman, Saibari, three young players who missed the mark in their final gestures. Neither Tilman, who shot wide at the start of the match, nor Bakayoko, who lacked power in his shots, was successful in front of goal. Saibari saw a few of his passes blocked before becoming decisive. With a total of 15 shots (compared to 9 for Dortmund), and given the result, they will have something to worry about in the event of disappointment in the return match.

Sancho lacked sharpness

Returning from Manchester United, the prodigy is struggling to find rhythm in the team that revealed him. Placed on the left wing of the Borussia Dortmund attack, the Englishman was content to play simplicity, when we expected his madness. Bad choices prevented him from making himself more dangerous, while he had a few opportunities to make a difference alone. He has a few months left on loan to relaunch his career in Germany. My expectations for a player of this caliber are high. For the moment, we remain hungry.

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