Matchday 5 of Europa League last Thursday left some mixed feelings for the fans of former Champions, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord and Napoli. PSV finally advanced to the next stage after an away win against Granada while their local contender, Feyenoord have to wait for the last game to seal the ticket for the round of 32, so does the 1989 winners Napoli.
PSV managed to snatch a narrow win over Granada in a tight match on the road. Their winning goal was scored by Donyel Malen. Roger Schmit’s men could have extend their lead if Zahavi’s overhead kick was not denied by Rui Silva. Luckily, their goalie, Yvon Mvogo made some important saves as well to keep them clean sheet. However, their Dutch counterpart, Feyenoord, the 2002 winners, were lacklustre and beaten 0-2 against Dynamo Zagred. Bruno Petkovic’s penalty and Lovro Majer’s goal sent them to the third of the table and need to clinch a victory on matchday 6 when they take on Wolfsberger AC, which only needs one point to get through.
Granada vs PSV 0-1
Goals: Donyell Malen (38)
Granada: Rui Silva – German Sanchez (Dmitri Folquer 56) Domingos Duarte, Carles Neva, Jesus Vallejo – Maxim Gonalons, Luis Milla (Jorge Molina 76), Alberto Soro (Luis Suarez 56), Yangel Herrera, Darwin Machis – Roberto Soldado (Antonio Puertas 83)
PSV: Yvon Mvogo – Denzel Dumfries (Timo Baumgartl 71), Phillip Max, Olivier Boscagli, Jordan Teze – Mario Gotze, Ibrahim Sangare, Pablo Rosario, Cody Gakpo – Noni Madueke (Eran Zahavi 38 (Jorrit Hendrix 88)), Donyell Malen.
Meanwhile, Napoli’s prospective victory to secure one place to the next round was denied when they faced off AZ Alkmaar. Dries Mertens’ goal gave them the lead but then Bruno Martins Indi equalised after deflecting the shot of Teun Koopmeiners. Gatusso’s men was even on the brink of losing points. Fortunately, David Ospinna denied AZ’s skipper’s penalty. This result led them to the decisive match on matchday 6 when they host Sociedad. Napoli, Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar will have to fight over two spots for the next round. Only a win would get them through. A draw or even loss might send them out of the competition.
AZ Alkmaar vs Napoli 1-1
Goals: Bruno Martins (53), Dries Mertens (6)
Alkmaar: Marco Bizot – Yukinari Sagawara, Bruno Martins Indi, Owe Winjdal, Pantelis Hatzidiakos– Teun Koopmeiners, Calvin Stengs, Frederik Midstjo , Zakaria Aboukhlal (Jesper Karlsson 82) – Dani De Wit, Albert Gudmunsson (Myron Boadu 70)
Napoli: David Ospinna – Kalidou Koulibaly, Giovanni De Lorenzo, Faiz Ghoulam (Mario Rui 66) Nemanja Maksimovic – Timoue Bakayoko, Fabian Ruiz (Eljif Elmas 57), Pietro Zielinski (Andrea Petagna 61), Matteo Politano (Hirving Lozano 61), Lorenzo Insigne – Dries Mertens (Diego Demme 66).