Unconvincing PSV win against Legia Warsaw

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PSV Eindhoven beat Legia Warsaw 1-0 in their first Europa League Group C match on Thursday night.

Coach Fred Rutten admitted after the match that it was not his team's most convincing performance, but he added: “It’s all about the result, and that was good.”

Sunday’s encounter with Dutch League leaders Ajax may have influenced play too. “We have of course discussed it in the past couple of days,” midfielder Kevin Strootman told reporters. PSV want to avoid falling behind Ajax too much this early in the season and preferred to finish the match against Legia Warsaw unscathed.

“In a Europa League home game you just have to take three points, and that’s what we did,” Mr Rutten said. His team haven't 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. Legia Warsaw failed to make much of an impression, despite the noisy support of hundreds of fans. Striker Dries Mertens scored the only goal of the match in the 21st minute, his eighth of the season.

Centre forward Tim Matavz, a late signing from FC Groningen, made his debut in PSV's starting line-up. In two weeks time, the Eindhoven club are to play Rapid Bucharest away in Hungary

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