Ritsu Doan scores 7th league goal to keep PSV in the hunt PSV Eindhoven defeated Willem II 4-2 on Sunday to maintain their grip on first place in the Dutch Eredivisie. Japan midfielder Ritsu Doan scored his sixth goal of the season in the victory.
Doan scored his 10th goal of the season in all competitions two minutes into the game at Philips Stadion. Doan’s season total now stands at 10 goals in all competitions.
“It feels great to win the game and score a goal,” Doan remarked after the win, which keeps PSV in second place, four points behind league leaders Ajax.
Celtic and Rangers played out a 1-1 draw in the Old Firm derby on Sunday, putting them within striking distance of their first Scottish Premiership title in two seasons. Daizen Maeda provided the assist for Celtic’s goal.
Celtic took the lead in the 21st minute when Maeda turned inside the box and produced a cross from the left that was volleyed in by Jota. The Japanese trio of Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, and Reo Hatate all began for Celtic.
Ritsu Doan scores 7th league goal to keep PSV in the hunt
During the 55th minute, Maeda was presented with an opportunity to score when a Hatate ball fell to him inside the area, but his effort went high over the bar. Furuhashi and Hatate were substituted in the 61st minute, and Rangers responded six minutes later with a low strike from Fashion Sakala that brought the score equal.
Celtic Park was denied a victory by saves from goalkeeper Joe Hart and the woodwork, leaving the home side on the verge of winning the Premier League as they remain six points clear of their Glasgow rivals with three games remaining.
Earlier in the day in England, Takehiro Tomiyasu made his first start since a League Cup match against West Ham United in January, as Arsenal triumphed 2-1 against West Ham to maintain their grip on the fourth slot required to qualify for the Champions League the following season.
In the 77th minute at London Stadium, the 23-year-old was forced off due to a cramp. “Honestly speaking, the performance wasn’t anything I could be satisfied with,” he remarked. The youngster played at right-back for the visitors. “I’ll give everything I’ve got in the last four games,” says the player.
Takefusa Kubo came off the bench for Mallorca at the hour mark, but the team lost 2-1 away to Barcelona as they continue their fight for survival.
In spite of having previously played for Real Madrid’s youth team, Kubo received some jeers from the home crowd while entering the Camp Nou pitch while on loan from the Catalan giants. Mallorca are 16th in the table, barely one point above the relegation zone.
Roger Schmidt went into the game without Mario Gotze and Andre Ramalho, meaning Carlos Vinicius was up front alongside Eran Zahavi. Ritsu Doan also started while Erick Gutierrez was picked as a central defender.
PSV had the lead within two minutes with a low cross from Phillip Max slotted in by Ritsu Doan. The goal stood despite a lengthy VAR check for a possible offside.
In the 31st minute, Mauro Junior’s cross was headed in by Cody Gakpo to make it 2-0 for the hosts. PSV then lost Vinicius to injury leading to Bruma coming on.
In the 44th minute, Che Nunnely netted to pull one back for Willem II, but Zahavi quickly restored the two goal lead after the ball fell at his feet from a corner.
Five minutes into the second half, Nunnely escaped Max and saw his shot saved by Yvon Mvogo, but Elton Kabangu was there to slide the ball in and make it 3-2.
Any worries for PSV were quickly eased as Wessel Dammers scored an unfortunate own goal after a misunderstanding with Timon Wellenreuther to make it 4-2.
PSV then easily saw out the rest of the game and they are now back to within four points of Ajax with three games left. Willem II are bottom of the table.