Unlike many expected, instead fouls, slow game, harsh tackling, we saw an interesting game in Rostov. Four goals, missed a penalty, chances on both sides. Truly a good game in Russian cold night.
PSV Eindhoven will have more to regret, but Rostov side isn’t going to be happy in the end because they had chances of their own.
Quickly after kick-off, Rostov managed to take a lead. An 8th minute was playing when Azomun and Erokhin exchanged passes between themselves, and Erokhin passed the ball to Poloz on the edge of the left side of the box. Rostov striker smashed it to the low right corner of PSV goal. 1:0 for the home team., flying start for them.
But just five minutes after this, shock !
Long, high ball towards Rostov box, Luuk de Jong heads it back to Davy Propper, who strikes it, the ball deflects off Granat and finishes into the net. Dzhanaev was on the wrong foot, and he tried to reach the ball, but it entered the goal, near right low post. Just like that, from nothing, goal. What unlucky turn of event for Rostov Fc.
As the home team went from kick-off to opponents goal, chance had been created. Mevlja’s shot from the middle of the edge of the box was blocked, and the ball went high up.
Then, from that corner kick, the ball was centered to Sardar Azomun who got the volley from penalty kick area but sends it wide.
The game was with good tempo, and both teams wanted to score, Rostov had more possession of the ball, but PSV had been more direct.
54 duels had been in the first half, that is an indicator of how fierce this game was.
37th minute of the game, a high ball goes on the edge of the box, towards Sardar Azomun, heads the ball to his right to Poloz, who instantly kick it and wonderful goal did he score ! Right-footed to his left bottom angle of the goal, ball jumped into the net. Really lovely goal for Rostov striker.
But again PSV came back !
Last seconds of the first half, concentration of Rostov Fc defense was not very good, ball goes to the right side of the box towards Narsingh, who got to it before sleepy defense, he hits from the side, ball deflects off Granat into crossbar, but Luuk de Jong made a header and puts the ball into the net.
2:2 ! Wonderful first half by these two teams.
The second half started a bit easier, but in 57th-minute penalty had been given to PSV.
Luuk de Jong had the ball in the middle of the box around the penalty area, three defenders had circled him, but Cesar Navas does the absolute unnecessary foul, and referee Turpin shows the white spot.
Davy Propper took the penalty kick, but very weak, to the right post, and Dzhanaev manages to save the goal.
Three minutes later Noboa had a chance to score but he wasn’t good enough from the middle of the opponent box.
Psv had one more chance from Luuk de Jong when he hit the crossbar with a hammering shot from the left side of the box from some twenty meters. The expression on Dzhanaev’s face was the relief when the ball went from the crossbar to the ground and back to his chest.
Really a good Champions League match in Rostov, where we have seen two courageous teams who wanted to fight and to score as many goals as they could. 127 duels had been fought in this game, that is something we don’t see every day. But the game was clean, no harsh fouls or unfair plays had been made.
Dmitry Poloz and Luuk de Jong both can get the title Man of the match.
Rostov Fc striker scored two goals, managed to hurt PSV defense from no particular position. He hunted the smallest mistake of the visitor’s back line.
Luuk de Jong managed to score, gave a penalty to his team, hit the crossbar, and made an assist to his teammate. Every part of his game was perfect. He combined with his teammates in offense, produce some serious long shots and was very much threat in the aerial duels.
For both of these players thumbs up about this game.
Rostov Fc is now in a difficult position because they have to win against PSV in Eindhoven or play a draw, but then goal difference will decide if they are going to play in Europa League.
PSV has home ground advantage against the Russian team. Both teams are clearly not in the position to endanger Bayern Munich and Atletico de Madrid.
We have to say that this game overcame the expectations, many of us including the writer of this review thought that this would be two-goal game maximum, and without any beauty. But luckily we were wrong.