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Dutch Cup wrap: PSV, PEC book semi-final spots

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 31 Jan 2013


A rare goal to Mark van Bommel has helped PSV Eindhoven book a Dutch Cup semi-final spot, as they beat Feyenoord 2-1 on Wednesday.

Van Bommel scored from close range in the 78th minute, taking his tally to four goals this season, as PSV continued Feyenoord’s poor run of form since the winter break, which has seen them lose three games in all competitions.

PSV opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he was released in behind Feyenoord’s defence by Tim Matavz’s pass before side-stepping a slide tackle from Joris Mathijsen on the right-hand side of the penalty area and slotting the ball into the opposite corner of the net.

The visitors from Rotterdam hit back just nine minutes later when Jean-Paul Boetius crossed to Graziano Pelle, who volleyed home for his 15th goal in 19 games this season.

But PSV provided the only goal of the second half, scoring from a corner after Feyenoord goalkeeper Erwin Mulder could only palm Matavz’s strike to the feet of van Bommel, who finished off a regulation tap in.

PSV, who lead the Eredivisie, were joined in the final four by PEC Zwolle, who knocked off Heracles 3-2.

Zwolle came from behind to lead 3-1 on their home turf thanks to goals from Arne Slot, Fred Benson and Jesper Drost but Everton’s 65th-minute strike for Heracles ensured a nervous finish for the hosts.

AZ Alkmaar are already through to the semis, while Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax will decide who joins the trio of teams qualified when they play their quarter-final on Thursday.


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