PSV in unconvincing win against Legia Warsaw

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Eindhoven club PSV have beat Legia Warsaw 1-0 in its first match in Group C of the Europa League.

Coach Fred Rutten had to admit that with a 1-0 victory it was not the most convincing match PSV had ever played, but said that didn’t matter. “It’s all about the result, and that was good.”

Sunday’s match against Ajax also played a role. Midfielder Kevin Strootman confirmed that “We have of course discussed it in the past couple of days.” PSV wants to avoid falling behind Ajax too much this early in the season, which is why it’s motto in the match against Legia Warsaw was: Win, but stay in one piece. “In a home game in Europe you just have to take three points, and that’s what we did,” Rutten said, whose PSV have not lost a single one of their past 15 Europe League home games.

PSV did not have to go all out against the Polish cup winner. Despite the noisy support of hundreds of fans on the bleachers, Legia Warsaw failed to make much of an impression. Dries Mertens scored the only goal of the match in the 21st minute, his eighth of the season.

Tim Matavz, who transferred from FC Groningen, made his debut in the starting line-up. In two weeks time PSV are to play Hungarian club Rapid Bucharest in an away match.


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