Witness the complete replay and highlights of the epic showdown between PSV and Lens. Set your clocks for the exhilarating KICK-OFF at 20:00 (GMT) on the 8th of November 2023. The esteemed referee for this electrifying match is none other than D. Siebert. The battle took place at the illustrious Philips Stadion as part of the Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group B, Season 2023/2024. Don’t miss out on the intense action!
PSV vs Lens Full Match Reports
In a thrilling encounter, Johan Bakayoko proved to be the standout performer for PSV Eindhoven as they secured a vital 1-0 victory over Lens in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group B.
From the very beginning, PSV found themselves under immense pressure, as Lens relentlessly pushed forward with Przemysław Frankowski and Elye Wahi causing trouble for the hosts. However, in the 12th minute, PSV capitalized on a moment of respite. Bakayoko showcased his precision and vision by delivering an exquisite inswinging cross that met the head of Luuk de Jong. Exploiting lax marking, de Jong powered his header off the underside of the bar, leaving goalkeeper Brice Samba helpless.
The unforgiving weather conditions, characterized by heavy rain, added an extra layer of difficulty for both teams throughout the first half. Despite the treacherous conditions, Samba made routine saves from Joey Veerman, Sergiño Dest, and Hirving Lozano. Just before the half-time whistle, Deiver Machado squandered Lens’ best chance to restore parity by sending a low cross over the bar.
Unbeaten in all 11 Eredivisie matches this season, PSV dominated the early stages of the second half, with Lozano coming close to extending their lead on three separate occasions. However, Lens responded with a warning when Walter Benítez had to tip Angelo Fulgini’s long-range free-kick over the bar. This seemed to fuel Bakayoko, whose mesmerizing dribbling skills proved to be a constant menace for the tiring Lens defenders.
Despite their dominance, PSV were nearly made to rue their missed opportunities when Morgan Guilavogui broke into the box and struck the post with just two minutes remaining. However, Guilavogui’s hopes were dashed as he received a second yellow card for a foul on Olivier Boscagli. Ultimately, PSV’s solitary goal was enough to secure their first victory in the group, propelling them into second position. On the other hand, Lens drop to third, still searching for their first away UCL group stage win in 25 years.
Johan Bakayoko’s exceptional performance throughout the match earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match accolade, as his contributions in attack proved pivotal in PSV’s success.