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AC Milan created a host of chances, but PSV firmly held on for a goalless draw. The Dutch morning papers all emphasize the strength of AC Milan, but they admit at the same time that PSV put on a fine defensive display in San Siro.A narrow escapeDe Telegraaf says in its headline that PSV had a narrow escape. 'The PSV performance in San Siro was far less convincing than half a year ago, but paradoxically the result was far better. Gomes was the star of the night and his reflexes were tremendous. PSV managed to hold on by the skin of their teeth. They never gave up and were rewarded with one point. They simply played counter attacking football, without creating a single chance. But they don’t care about that in Eindhoven, for the fine result is morale boosting’, is the summary of the article in this morning’s edition of Telesport. 'Lazy' MilanPSV managed to avoid defeat, but de Volkskrant feels the Eindhoven outfit cannot only take the credits. 'AC Milan were like a constrictor that writhed around PSV for the entire 90 minutes, but eventually they let go and saw their prey escape. PSV needed some luck, a solid organization, the ‘laziness’ shown by AC Milan and a great defensive display by André Ooijer to hold on to a 0-0 draw. PSV battled to keep alive and Gomes superbly thwarted efforts from Seedorf, Kaladze and Cafu. But the team refused to break and ‘Olé PSV’ slogans could be heard in San Siro. Ismail Aissati is also praised: 'Aissati did well as a substitute. He is the second youngster in the PSV first team squad that came through all the ranks of the Youth Academy at De Herdgang'. PSV showed courageThe sports writer of AD Sportwereld is also of the opinion that the plaudits must go to Gomes. 'The Eindhoven outfit should remit the complete prize money into the bank account of goalkeeper Gomes, who kept a clean sheet in spite of a never ending second half bombardment ', is the suggestion put forward by AD voor. 'The Italian shots became more powerful and they staged a passionate offensive, but PSV have earned four points from their three European games. The 0-0 at San Siro could be very valuable at the end of the group stage.’ The AD sports writer concluded that PSV showed courage by playing I a catenaccio-like way.” Concede little, create even less, win time whenever possible and wait for the final whistle. It was destructive rather than creative. And all this should take place in one of the most renowned stages in Europe in a town where designing has earned such a great reputation. PSV couldn’t care less.’"Thank you for offering me this opportunity"Het Eindhovens Dagblad has made some calculations. 'The exact value of this draw cannot be assesses until December. But one thing is for sure: PSV are still on course and hope to progress to the next phase.’ Ismail Aissati, the youngest PSV debutant in the Champions League ever, is quoted saying: 'A dream has come true tonight. It is great to play in such a beautiful stadium. It was incredible. The coach told me not to get nervous. I was allowed to make mistakes. He told me not to be scared and play hide-and-seek. And I did not. He was content. And I thanked him for offering me this opportunity’.