PSV 1-1 Dortmund: Bosz blames injuries as PSV settle for draw

Sergino Dest (l) and Luuk de Jong leave the field after the 1-1 draw in Eindhoven. Photo: AP/Peter Dejong

PSV Eindhoven had to settle for a draw in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund after they were unable to build on Luuk de Jong’s penalty early in the second half.

Former Philips Stadium favourite Donyell Malen put the Bundesliga side ahead in the 24th minute when his near-post shot took a deflection off the ankle of Sergino Dest, leaving Walter Benitez stranded.

Malik Tillman and Johan Bakayoko missed good chances before PSV were controversially awarded a penalty 10 minutes after half-time. Mats Hummels looked to have won the ball cleanly before bringing down Tillman, but both the referee and the VAR panel ruled it was a foul.

De Jong, who converted the spot-kick for his ninth Champions League goal, told RTL 7: “Dortmund tried to pin us in our own half, but overall we played good football and came out of it well. That was our strength in this match. Unfortunately the final pass wasn’t always good.

“It’s good that we got a penalty, although I haven’t watched it back. I think it was debatable.”

Coach Peter Bosz admitted he was hampered by the lack of reinforcements in his squad, with strikers Noa Lang and Guus Til both out injured and Yorbe Vertessen having departed in January for Union Berlin.

“I think that’s the big difference with the first half of the season,” he said. “If you can bring in fresh legs on both sides after 60 minutes they can make a difference. But I had to make do with [Ricardo] Pepi on the left-hand side. I didn’t have any other options.”

Bosz said he believed PSV can still progress from the second leg in Dortmund on March 13, when Til is expected to be fit again. “Guus specialises in going deep, which gives us options,” he said.

PSV last reached the quarter-finals of the competition in 2007, when they beat Arsenal in the last 16 before being knocked out by eventual runners-up Liverpool.

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