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The morning after the crucial 1-0 win that PSV collected Schalke 04, the national morning newspapers comment on the first European game of the Eindhoven outfit in the 2005-2006 season. A newspaper round-up. AD Sportwereld'New look PSV show spirit', is the headline of the paper, who publish on their front page a lovely picture of the goal Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored on 33 minutes. 'PSV stylishly started the game against Schalke 04 with the grandeur and determination of an experienced Champions League participant. PSV are no longer just ordinary competitors in the prestigious and high-priced tournament', is one quote from the match report. 'Nowhere did it become manifest that a run-down revelation from last season’s Champions League campaign was about to kick off. The squad was not impaired by the absence of some injured players. Even though a few regular players have moved to other clubs, the squad has not sacrificed any fighting spirit. The crowd was even more militant and clamorous than a year’, is the opinion of the sports writer of AD Sportwereld.De Telegraaf'Tall Jan worth invaluable' was the headline above the match report. 'The tough circumstances brought about the best in PSV that showed spirit and made sure of the win in an action-packed finale.” The biggest newspaper of the country also paid attention to the match plan drawn up by Hiddink. Theo Lucius, who had no player to mark on the left flank of the rear guard, moved up to strengthen midfield. Three defenders were left to deal with the Schalke strike Kevin Kuranyi and Ebbe Sand. Ibrahim Afellay made an excellent Champions League debut. The 19-year-old midfielder delivered a string of fine long balls and through passes and controlled the ball very well. The only goal of the game was scored from a set piece. 'Just like in the previous season it proved to be a dangerous weapon. Beasley struck a corner on 33 minutes straight into the goalmouth, where Vennegoor of Hesselink, left unmarked, produced a powerful header that left goalkeeper Frank Rost helpless. De VolkskrantAbove the match report in De Volkskrant it says ''Pleasant surprise in times of restoration'.The paper pays special attention to some individual performances. 'Youngsters Farfán and Afellay waved their magic wand that was so often used by Van Bommel and his mates. Aided by the shepherds Cocu and Simons, the young terrier Afellay felt brave enough to bark and extend his territory during his European baptism until he was troubled by fits of cramp. The Moroccan Dutchman has got a lot of nerve, is always looking for space on the pitch and is a technically gifted player. He learnt to play football in the streets and came through all the PSV Youth ranks, where his old teacher Joop Brand has created a fresh fervour. And then there was Jefferson Farfán from Lima, who was a holy terror for the German defence, in particular in the first half. As a warrior in attack he was all over the place, picking up knocks, making fouls, stumbling and as a matter of course performing even better than last season, which was his first year in Europe. They are positives for Hiddink; youngsters in their twenties, eager, without fear of failure', is the verdict of the writer of De Volkskrant.