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Review of the year, February (PSV.nl)

2 Jan 2009 - Source: PSV.nl

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On the first few days of the new year, PSV.nl presents a review of 2008. It has been a memorable year in the history of PSV. Today this page will take you through the month of February, looking back at the games, the goals, the incidents, the drama and the memories. PSV continued their fine league run of form in the league in February and achieved UEFA Cup successes. PSV welcomed a talented player from Peru and the Philips Stadium announcer received royal honours.
Three victories and one draw
PSV continued their fine run of form in the league. On Saturday, February 2, they beat AZ in Alkmaar 2-0, after Danko Lazovic and Ibrahim Afellay had given them a two-goal lead within twenty-five minutes. A few days later PSV were held to a 1-1 draw by sc Heerenveen in the Philips Stadium in an action-packed and entertaining game, but Vergoossen's team extended their lead at the Eredivisie summit after all as their nearest rivals also dropped precious points. PSV earned a vital 1-0 victory against Willem II in Tilburg on 16 February. Timmy Simons converted a penalty to secure the three points. PSV extended their winning streak against De Graafschap. Lazovic bagged a brace as PSV strolled to a 4-1 home win.
PSV reach next phase in the UEFA Cup
On 13 February, PSV played host to Henrik Larsson's Helsingborgs IF from Sweden in the UEFA Cup round of 32 first leg. They recorded a deserved 2-0 victory, which was a fair reflection of the match overall. PSV also claimed a 2-1 win in Helsingborg one week later to book a place in the UEFA Cup round of 16. They were drawn against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. The fixtures were scheduled to take place on March 6 and 12.
Marcellis signed contract extension
Vergoossen fielded mainly fringe players when PSV were held to a goalless friendly draw against RKC Waalwijk at De Herdgang training centre. The Peruvian forward Reimond Manco, regarded as one of the most promising young players in South America, signed a five-year deal with PSV and would move from Alianza Lima to Eindhoven in July 2008. He was introduced at PSV and was shown around Eindhoven. Dirk Marcellis had meanwhile agreed a new contract extension at PSV which will keep him at the Philips Stadium until the summer of 2012. The defender has come through the PSV youth ranks and has developed into a first-team regular.
Miscellaneous
Ghana, with PSV defender Eric Addo, were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations after they slipped to the 1-0 defeat against Cameroon in the semi-finals. 63-year-old Philips Stadium announcer Jan Hunting received royal honours for fulfilling his role with a great deal of animation for as many as 42 years. And on 12 February Jefferson Farfán became a proud father after his girlfriend gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy named Adriano.