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PSV played an extra friendly against amateurs UNA on an artificial pitch on Tuesday night. Ronald Koeman's team coasted to a comfortable 3-0 win, but the final score was actually irrelevant. The players were given a good work-out ahead of Saturday night's curtain raiser, away against Heracles Almelo.

UNA's artificial turf pitch resembles the pitch in the Polman Stadium in Almelo, so the PSV coaching staff wanted to give their players a run-out in Veldhoven on Tuesday night. With the entire Heracles coaching staff watching, PSV took on UNA, playing Arouna Koné as frontman. The Ivory Coast forward had recovering well after suffering from a bout of malaria, but did not net a goal in his first match of the pre-season campaign. He turned provider for Ibrahim Afellay, who opened the scoring after sixteen minutes. Hardly two minutes later, Otman Bakkal cut into the box and rounded the goalkeeper before extending PSV's lead. 0-2 was the half-time score.
PSV head coach Ronald Koeman made a host of changes at half time. Apart from goalkeeper Roorda and left back Zonneveld, all players were taken off and Jonathan-Lazovic-Zeefuik made up the front line. The 18-year-old Brazilian defender Conserva Fagner was given his first taste of first-team football in Holland, in front of a 4000 crowd. He linked well on the right wing with fellow-countryman Jonathan and delivered a great many good crosses. The circumstances in Veldhoven were far from perfect, with the pouring rain at nightfall, but the players appreciated the importance of getting a good work-out. Three minutes from time Lazovic scored the third goal from a fast counter attack.
The PSV first-team squad will attend the annual Fan Day at the Philips Stadium on Wednesday.

Match details:
Venue: Sport Park Zeelst, Veldhoven
Goals: (16) Afellay 0-1; (18) Bakkal 0-2; (87) Lazovic 0-3
PSV line-up:
Roorda, Alcides (46. Fagner), Addo (46. Da Costa), Salcido (46. Van Eijden), Zonneveld, Simons (46. Culina), Afellay (46. De Jong), Bakkal (46. Fehér), Mendez (46. Jonathan), Aissati (46. Zeefuik), Koné (46. Lazovic).


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