Zulte Waregem outplayed and outclassed

The Belgian league-runners up Zulte Waregem have lost the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against PSV Eindhoven. Outclassed and outplayed, Zulte Waregem will thank themselves lucky that the match only ended 2-0 in the Dutch side’s favour. It was a very young PSV that took to the field. Only Stijn Scars (29) and Tim Mata (24) are older than 22. The big surprise among the new PSV Coach Phillip Cocu’s starting eleven was that Joshua Brunet was picked to start in favour of the Columbian new-signing Santiago Arias, who was on the bench.

PSV dominated the first half. Zakaria Bakkali (photo) hit the bar after just two minutes and the Dutch side had another great chance handed them on a plate by Zulte Waregem’s Bryan Varoom on 18 minutes.

However, Mata waited too long allowing the Pulte Ware gem keeper Sammy Bossuet time to intervene.

PSV continued to dominate, but lacked that finishing touch.
Both Georgina Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay were unable to get the ball past Bossut. Despite being outclassed by the far superior PSV, Zulte Waregem was able to finish the first half on level terms.

Two goals and lots of chances

The second half started where the first half had left off. However, PSV were unable to score that all-important opening goal. This all changed on 61 minutes when a Depay shot left Bossut standing.

PSV’s second goal game on 75 minutes when Brenet steamed up the right wing and made a precision pass to substitute Jürgen Locadia. Locadia didn’t think twice and he put the club he has played for since he was a child 2-0 up.

Despite further chances for PSV the score remained 2-0. Zulte Waregem will require a small miracle in the second leg if they are to qualify for the final qualifying round of the 2013-14 Champions League.