PSV Eindhoven booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a dramatic comeback win at Sevilla after their opponents had been reduced to 10 men.
A header by Ricardo Pepi two minutes into injury time ensured Peter Bosz’s side took all three points in Spain, an outcome that looked inconceivable an hour into the game.
Arsenal’s 6-0 win against Lens in the other Group B match means the French club cannot catch PSV in second place, while the English side are guaranteed top spot no matter what happens in their final match in Eindhoven.
Head coach Peter Bosz leapt from the bench in jubilation when Pepi’s header went in, but admitted afterwards that his team had been second best in the first half.
“We started reasonably well, but after that I didn’t see the team I had got to know this season. We weren’t good with the ball but our marking was sloppy as well. We lost a lot of one-on-one situations and our decision making was poor.”
He added: “If you’re being completely outplayed and it doesn’t look like you can get back into the game, but end up winning 3-2, you can say it’s been a bizarre evening.”
Sevilla dominated the first half and took the lead after 24 minutes when veteran defender Sergio Ramos steered in a free-kick. The home side also had a goal by Djibril Sow disallowed and hit the bar through Youssef En-Nesyri.
The match looked to be heading Sevilla’s way when En-Nesyri fired in the second goal two minutes after the restart, but the dismissal of former Ajax midfielder Lucas Ocampos after he picked up two yellow cards in three minutes proved the turning point.
Two minutes later Ismael Saibari volleyed in a sublime finish to reduce the deficit, before Belgian striker Yorbe Vertessen’s header was bundled into his own net by Nemanja Gudelj with nine minutes left.
With both sides pressing for a winner as the clock passed 90 minutes, Vertessen scampered up the left-hand channel and floated in a cross that found Pepe arriving at the near post to head home.
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