Saul seals Atletico win, PSV rue missed op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SAUL NIGUEZ scored a fine first-half vol­ley as Atletico Madrid rode their luck to se­cure a 1-0 vic­tory at PSV Eind­hoven in their Cham­pi­ons League Group D clash yes­ter­day.

PSV had a goal dis­al­lowed, missed a penalty and had two fur­ther strong shouts for a spot­kick waved away by the of­fi­cials as last year’s run­ners-up Atletico got their cam­paign off to a for­tu­itous start.

The Dutch cham­pi­ons thought they had taken the lead in­side the open­ing six min­utes when cap­tain Luuk de Jong headed home from close range. Ref­eree Martin Atkin­son, how­ever, ruled that there was a push in the build-up by PSV de­fender Hec­tor Moreno.

Lively PSV for­ward Lu­ciano Nars­ingh wanted a penalty for a shove in the box mid­way through the first half and looked to have a case.

Yet it was Atletico who took the lead on 43 min­utes when Saul volleyed home at the sec­ond at­tempt as PSV failed to clear his ini­tial shot fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

As the ball re­bounded to him on the edge of the box, he skil­fully steered his ef­fort into the goal.

PSV did get a penalty three min­utes later, but in keep­ing with their night, could not cap­i­talise. Nars­ingh was ad­judged to have been fouled in the box by Atletico’s Uruguayan de­fender Jose Gimenez, but An­dres Guardado saw his penalty su­perbly saved by vis­it­ing goal­keeper Jan Oblak in first half stop­page time.

PSV had much of the ball in the sec­ond pe­riod but should have fallen fur­ther be­hind when Kevin Gameiro found him­self in space in the box, but the Atletico for­ward fired wildly over the bar.

The home side were in­censed not to get an­other penalty with 15 min­utes re­main­ing, claim­ing a hand­ball by Diego Godin, but did have a golden chance to res­cue a point late on.

Uruguayan for­ward Gas­ton Pereiro, how­ever, could only di­rect his free header straight at a grate­ful Oblak. – Reuters

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