PSV 1-1 Arsenal: Eredivisie leaders confirm place in last 16

Goalscorer Yorbe Vertessen (centre) challenges for the ball. Photo: AP/Patrick Post

PSV Eindhoven progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in eight years after a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal.

Yorbe Vertessen slotted in Ricardo Pepi’s cross to equalise in the 50th minute after Eddie Nketiah had given the Gunners the lead in the Philips Stadium just before half-time.

Substitute Guus Til could have snatched the points at the death, but was unable to find the target from a difficult angle, while Malik Tillman’s passing was the highlight of a solid performance.

Arsenal had already won the group going into Tuesday’s match, while PSV were sure of second place even if Lens, who beat Sevilla 2-1, finished level on points because of a superior head-to-head record.

Head coach Peter Bosz said he was pleased with his side’s progress. “You can see how this team has taken steps forward,” he said. “The way we press, our more compact shape, the improvements in defence and how we created chances, certainly when you compare with the first match.”

The draw for the last 16 will be made at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, at noon on Monday, December 18.

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