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PSV bravely fought back to earn a 2-2 draw (PSV.nl)

15 feb 2009 - Source: PSV.nl

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PSV were two goals down at half time against leaders AZ. They showed massive and passionate commitment after the break as they earned a battling 2-2 draw. A Koevermans double secured a morale-boosting and fully deserved point for PSV who may feel they could have taken all three points on Saturday night.
Danny Koevermans
The home fans had plenty to say about the officiating as most decisions went against their favourite club. They felt the decision to award a penalty, from which AZ extended their advantage, was a soft one and they thought the referee had also failed to notice how an AZ player had handled the ball in his own area. Playing as a team, PSV put in a spirited and passionate display as Koevermans' double capped their second-half comeback. In the end, it was honours even but PSV claimed a moral victory against the Eredivisie leaders as they extended their fine recent run under coach Dwight Lodeweges.
First-half report
Lodeweges made one change from the team that beat Volendam 5-3 last weekend. Koevermans spearheaded the attack to replace the suspended Toivonen. It was an equally contested game during the first ten minutes, but AZ opened the scoring out of the blue in the 12th minute, when Swerts evaded his marker and headed home from a corner; 0-1. Afellay responded immediately but was denied by AZ keeper Romero. Referee Kuipers pointed to the spot in the 29th minute, to the dismay of the home crowd. Bréchet was alleged to have fouled De Zeeuw, but it seemed a harsh decision. De Zeeuw himself stepped up. He had his spot kick saved by Isaksson but Martens pounced on the rebound. The Swedish stopper got a hand on Martens' effort but could not prevent the hosts from doubling their lead; 0-2. PSV went in search of a goal to reduce the deficit and won a number of corners. The crowd felt they had again reason to complain when Schaars clearly handled the ball in his own area. Kuipers, however, was not impressed and waved play on.
Brave fightback
PSV burst out of the blocks and got what they wanted exactly four minutes after the restart, when Koevermans headed home Dzsudzsák's cross from the left; 1-2. The Philips Stadium erupted and accompanied by the vociferous cheering of their exuberant fans, PSV moved forward. On the hour mark, Koevermans came close but sent his effort over the bar. Bakkal was introduced for Amrabat and Maza also came on to strengthen the attack. PSV were rewarded for their dominating play and prolonged attack seven minutes from time. Maza headed a long ball on to Koevermans who cleverly scored on the turn; 2-2. AZ had two decent chances to regain the lead, but Isaksson pulled off two fine saves to earn PSV a hard-fought point in an eventful 2-2 draw. PSV will be next in action on Saturday when they travel to FC Groningen.