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PSV started the Peace Cup 2005 tournament brightly. The team, coached by Guus Hiddink, enjoyed a 2-1 win over the Korean top side Seongnam Ilhwa in Seoul. There is certainly room for improvement as far as the level of the play is concerned, but the main thing is that PSV have collected their first win in the prestigious Peace Cup tournament. HothouseThere is no roof covering the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, so the stadium reminded one of a hothouse. The temperature and atmospheric humidity made the crowd perspire on one of the hottest summer days in South Korea. During the game many small flies and insects literally dropped dead. The crowd, some 55,000 spectators, the stadium was almost filled to capacity, did not seem to mind and continued to sing songs and play the drums for the full ninety minutes. And as soon as Young-Pyo Lee got possession of the ball, the volume of sound waves increased. LivelyPSV had a dream start, for captain Phillip Cocu fired home the opener on four minutes. PSV enjoyed a short-lived lead, for soon afterwards Seongnam Ilhwa put his side on level terms. Ooijer and Alex were looking at each other when Do-Hoon Kim unleashed a shot on target that went home. Robert put PSV on top again on 22 minutes. The Brazilian striker superbly curled the ball over the goalkeeper. PSV were effective in their finishing, whereas the Koreans did not capitalize on all the chances they earned. It was an evenly fought contest after the break as well. PSV did not dig too deep, as they started training only some ten days ago. Seongnam Ilhwa were close to scoring the equalizer a few times. One player hit the post, but Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink copied that feat at the other side.DebutantsSo both teams had their moments, but no more goals were scored. Guus Hiddink handed debuts to youngsters Ismael Aissati and Roy Beerens, who were brought on for Jefferson Farfán and Robert, respectively. Osmar Ferreyra left the bench to replace Cocu (Vennegoor of Hesselink was given the captain’s armband) and when André Ooijer and Alex were taken off, Wilfred Bouma and Eric Addo were partnered in the heart of defence. Having collected a win on a hot, clammy night, PSV can now focus on the next group game.