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PSV eliminated from Peace Cup tournament (

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It was the third time in a row that the final score of a PSV- Olympique Lyon encounter was 1-1. PSV needed a win in Suwon in order to reach the Peace Cup final and so the Eindhoven side have now been eliminated from the Peace Cup tournament. No single defeatPSV have not suffered any defeat in Korea. They enjoyed a 2-1 win over Seongnam Ilhwa and drew 0-0 with Once Caldas. They recorded a 1-0 win in a pre-season friendly over a Korean All Star team. The first period of the Lyon game was quite entertaining; after the break it was a low-key affair. Lyon have reached the final, as they have scored one more goal than the team of coach Guus Hiddink. Lyon will know on Thursday which team they will meet in the final, following the results of the other group games.Robert goalPSV had a promising start to the game and earned some chances in the first few minutes. Lyon fielded a strong team, but PSV certainly had their moments. Young-Pyo Lee, in particular, sent the 40, 000 crowd into raptures by constantly outwitting Anthony Réveillère, the French right back who put up a poor performance. Lyon were close to scoring the opener, but Mika Väyrynen cleared a header off the line. PSV broke the deadlock a few minutes from half time, when Robert tapped in a perfect Lee cross from close range; 1-0.EqualizerThe French were soon on equal terms after the restart. Florent Malouda was at the end of a well-worked move, 1-1. PSV did not succeed in getting into the game and neither did they manage to produce danger from the flanks, like they did in the first forty-five minutes. Roy Beerens was again granted playing time by Hiddink: he was brought on for Farfán on the hour mark. John de Jong made a comeback ten minutes from final time, after he had recovered from a lengthy injury. The midfielder had been working hard and his attempts to make an appearance at Peace Cup were rewarded. 16-year-old Ismaïl Aissati also left the bench; he came on for Wilfred Bouma in midfield. A few minutes before the end Robert could have scored the winning goal after all, but he was thwarted in his efforts and could not produce a powerful shot. PSV will now fly back to Holland and continue the pre-season campaign on Dutch soil. The foundation for a hopefully successful 2005-2006 campaign has been laid in South Korea.