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UCL: PSV comeback floors United

Goals from Héctor Moreno and Luciano Narsingh eclipses PSV old boy Memphis Depay’s strike in the Group B opener in Eindhoven.

PSV Eindhoven upset the odds by coming from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 in an entertaining UEFA Champions League Group B encounter in Eindhoven.

The visitors suffered an early blow when Luke Shaw was stretchered off after Héctor Moreno blocked his surge into the box. But they quickly regained their rhythm and almost inevitably it was Memphis Depay who opened the scoring, latching onto Daley Blind’s assist and bamboozling two defenders with a sublime touch before rifling the ball past Jeroen Zoet.

Depay and Chris Smalling also came close as the Red Devils looked to consolidate their advantage. But the next goal surprisingly fell at the other end when Moreno headed home Maxime Lestienne’s corner despite Blind’s best efforts.

Depay and Anthony Martial linked early in the second half but Zoet saved his former team-mate’s low drive. Yet as Louis van Gaal’s men threatened to take control it was the Eredivisie champions who once again struck. Andrés Guardado released Lestienne on the left and his magnificent cross was nodded in emphatically by Luciano Narsingh.

United upped the tempo and brought on Marouane Fellaini to add punch to their attack. But Phillip Cocu’s men defended well and ran out relatively comfortable winners. Van Gaal will certainly not have enjoyed his return to the Netherlands.


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