Eindhoven - With Dutch football in the doldrums due to the
national side's Euro 2016 qualifying woes, PSV Eindhoven's surprise 2-1 victory
over Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday has provided the
"I'm really proud of the way the players performed.
They fought like warriors, struggling for every metre," said PSV coach
Phillip Cocu after the opening Group B encounter at the Philips Stadium.
"I could go on about what we could have done better.
But it was all about keeping fighting to create chances after going a goal
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While the game was somewhat overshadowed by a double leg
fracture suffered by United defender Luke Shaw, the victory still delivered a
boost for Dutch football.
PSV's fighting spirit was in stark contrast to the national
team's embarrassing back-to-back defeats in Euro 2016 qualifiers earlier this
The Netherlands, who finished third at the World Cup in
Brazil last year, were heavily criticised for limp performances against Iceland
The country's faltering UEFA club coefficient now limits the
Netherlands to just two Champions League entries. Former winners Ajax Amsterdam
were bundled out by Rapid Vienna in this year's preliminary knockout stages.
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