Having already hosted PSV Eindhoven at the Stade Louis II in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifiers, which ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, August 2, it was the turn of AS Monaco to travel to the Netherlands just a week later.
Unfortunately for the visiting Monegasques, the whole team was woken up by young PSV ultras, who found the hotel that the club had booked, and then let off fireworks at four in the morning on the day of the match.
For this fixture in the Philips Stadion, Philippe Clement arranged his men in a 4-4-2 formation, with the sturdy striker partnership of Kevin Volland and Wissam Ben Yedder featuring up front.
The match did not begin in the visitors favour, as Joey Veerman found the first goal at the 21st minute, scoring off an assist from Phillipp Mwene.
The first half would conclude with that same scoreline, and the second half began with a string of substitutions in the Principality side. By the 58th minute, the match was level again thanks to an equaliser by Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan.
At the 68th minute, Gelson Martins came on in place of Takumi Minamino, and by the 70th minute the Portuguese international provided team captain Ben Yedder with an assist. The Monaco number 10 brought the scoreline to 1-2 through a tidy finish.
In a frustrating moment for Monaco supporters, PSV’s Errick Gutierrez scored just before the 90 minute mark, making the score in this match 2-2, and the overall aggregate scoreline to 3-3. Extra time subsequently ensued.
In a cruel twist of fate, it would be Luuk de Jong who would score the last successful strike of the night at the 109th minute, bringing the match to 3-2 with a few minutes left on the clock.
In the end, it would be PSV’s victory, and one that will see Monaco’s Champions League hopes dashed for another year. Monaco will begin their 2022/23 UEFA Europa League campaign in September.