Don’t miss the exhilarating showdown between PSV and Arsenal! Relive the entire match and catch all the highlights. The action kicks off at 17:45 (GMT) on the 12th of December, 2023 at Philips Stadion, officiated by the renowned T. Stieler. Stay tuned for this Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group B, Season 2023/2024 match. Keep your eyes peeled for all the twists and turns of this epic clash!
PSV vs Arsenal Full Match Reports
In a UEFA Champions League (UCL) matchday six showdown, Arsenal and PSV settled for a 1-1 draw at the Philips Stadion, marking the conclusion of the group stage as both teams now turn their attention to the knockout phases.
PSV, boasting a flawless home league record before this encounter, displayed early determination. William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhães, retained in the starting lineup, showcased defensive prowess with impressive blocks within the opening six minutes, maintaining parity.
The first half witnessed woodwork heroics on both ends, with Yorbe Vertessen’s header grazing the post from a dangerous cross and Mohamed Elneny’s ambitious long-range strike replicating his memorable 2016 UCL goal against Barcelona, only to strike the upright. Arsenal gradually found their rhythm, culminating in the opening goal three minutes before halftime. Eddie Nketiah, seizing a Reiss Nelson cross, netted his inaugural UCL goal with a clinical finish off the inside of the post, utilizing his weaker left foot.
PSV responded promptly in the second half, as Vertessen, benefiting from Ricardo Pepi’s groundwork, found the net with a curling effort that kissed the inside of the post, restoring parity. The match continued with Nketiah and Nelson threatening, hitting the side netting, while PSV’s Ismael Saibari contributed to the woodwork saga with a shot mid-half.
Arsenal aimed for a late winner, and Gabriel’s headed goal from Martin Ødegaard’s exquisite free-kick found the net, only to be disallowed for offside with 10 minutes remaining. Ultimately, in a contest where the result held less significance, both teams settled for a share of the spoils, securing their progression to the knockout stage. PSV’s track record against English opponents remains challenging, winning only one of their last nine encounters. However, they glean optimism from avoiding a repeat of the 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture. For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta sought to evade consecutive defeats post their weekend loss to Aston Villa, providing crucial minutes for fringe players ahead of the demanding Christmas schedule.
Man of the Match: Yorbe Vertessen (PSV).