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The home team sat there like the mermaid on the rock in the harbor. At no time was the Danish team able to raise themselves against PSV, which did not make the same mistakes as in the first half of the home game.

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PSV entered the formation in the Parken stadium, which kicked off in Eindhoven at the start of the second half. With the exception of Olivier Boscagli who, back from injury, took over the place in the defense from Armando Obispo. But so with striker Eran Zahavi and Ritsu Doan, who kept Joey Veerman and Noni Madueke on the bench.

In that composition, PSV immediately put considerable pressure on the Danish opponent. There was nothing to be seen of Copenhagen’s great game in the first half in Eindhoven. The team surprised its own supporters there and, according to the Copenhagen followers, had never played so well.

PSV did not let it get that far this time. The people of Eindhoven also felt supported by an early goal from Zahavi. Nice preparatory work by Erick Gutiérrez and Mario Götze preceded this. But the Israeli’s effort was tenable for goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, who replaced the ailing first keeper Grabara. The way he dived over the ball betrayed a past in the Eredivisie, where many keepers perform that kind of antics. Johnsson spent one season for NEC.

Mauro Junior (r) tries to hold off Pep Biel.

Mauro Junior (r) tries to hold off Pep Biel.

The people of Eindhoven only experienced a tense moment when goalkeeper Joël Drommel released a high ball. But from a cross by Philipp Max, Mario Götze scored the 0-2 before the break. That happened after he had been given half a rest in the duel with FC Utrecht. If the load is a little less, Götze, who would like to win the Champions League again, can still excel every now and then.

The Conference League seems a more realistic goal for the German, who is five games away from such a triumph. PSV outclassed Copenhagen at times, which was lucky that Cody Gakpo hit the crossbar after a great move before half time. As the match progressed. more and more frustration crept into the Danish team. Denis Vavro hit Gakpo full on the already vulnerable ankle. He escaped red. Besides the PSV captain, there was another victim. Erick Gutiérrez was booked for protesting and was therefore suspended for the quarterfinals.

With Joey Veerman as a replacement for Gakpo, who previously missed a series of matches twice due to ankle problems, PSV continued. A beautiful attack over four pieces put an end to all Danish illusions. Veerman was involved in that. Götze mounted the attack, which ended up in Zahavi’s feet via Veerman and Doan. He scored his sixth goal in the last five games and led the party with the thousand fans who traveled along. A few minutes after coming in, Madueke even made it 0-4.

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Preview Giro stage 13: Can Van der Poel’s team challenge the sprinters? † NOW

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In the thirteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia, the sprinters seem to be on the move again. The ride from San Remo has one climb, which is far from the finish in Cuneo. Nevertheless, Mathieu van der Poel’s team has opportunities to avoid a typical sprinter’s ride.

After 54 kilometers the riders already reach the top of the Colle di Nava, the only climb of the day. The peloton then moves on to a plateau as far as Cuneo. The last 100 kilometers are almost flat.

Although the second part seems ideal for fast men like Arnaud Démare and Fernando Gaviria, it is conceivable that teams will avoid a bunch sprint. On the climb of the Colle di Nava (10.1 kilometers at 6.7 percent) they can encourage the sprinters to release.

One of the teams that benefits from this is Alpecin-Fenix. Since leader Van der Poel usually digests climbs better than other fast men, it is quite possible that the Belgian team accelerates here.

They did that earlier in the fifth stage, when Mark Cavendish and Caleb Ewan, among others, had to pass on the only climb of the day. Démare also had to release briefly in that stage, but still won the stage after coming back with the help of his teammates.

The profile of the thirteenth stage.


The profile of the thirteenth stage.

The profile of the thirteenth stage.

Photo: Giro d’Italia

Eyes on bunch sprint on Démare

It remains to be seen whether Alpecin-Fenix ​​actually has a plan and whether other teams are willing to cooperate. If that is not the case, there is a chance that it will still be a sprint with a large peloton. In that case, Démare is the big favorite.

The Frenchman has already won two stages in this Giro and is wearing the points jersey. Now that Ewan has given up, he has also lost an important competitor. In addition, Cavendish does not seem to be in top shape uphill, which means that he probably cannot participate for the stage victory in Cuneo.

Official start: 13.35 hrs
Expected finish time: 5.15 pm
Favorites for day success:
⭐⭐⭐ Arnaud Demare
⭐⭐ Mathieu van der Poel, Fernando Gaviria
⭐ Alberto Dainese, Thomas De Gendt, Mauro Schmid

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The Dutchman no longer wants to exercise after the corona crisis

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Last year, the Dutch started exercising less and less. About 800,000 people no longer felt like weekly training. Young people in particular had had enough.

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Premier League evening in London already over after one match for Van Gerwen | NOW

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Michael van Gerwen was immediately eliminated on Thursday evening during the fifteenth Premier League round. The three-time world champion was no match for Michael Smith in London: 6-5.

Both darters did not reach a high level in the O2 Arena. Van Gerwen achieved, among other things, a higher average (more than 92 to more than 85), but fell short in terms of finish percentage (more than 33 percent at 37.5 percent).

De Brabander was behind the facts from the start against Smith, who went through 3-0 to 5-2. Van Gerwen then won three legs in a row, but saw his comeback fail in the eleventh and final leg, missing three match darts.

Van Gerwen could afford the defeat, because he was already certain of a place in the final round of the Premier League, in which the numbers one to four participate. Van Gerwen is second, behind Jonny Clayton.

Clayton reached the final in London, but lost to Joe Cullen (6-4). The Englishman jumped to the important fourth place thanks to the victory over Peter Wright. James Wade is number three in the standings.

Next Thursday is the last regular round in Newcastle, after which the best four darts players will compete for the title on Monday 13 June in Berlin.

Standings after round 15

  • 1. Jonny Clayton – 37 points (+28)
  • 2. Michael van Gerwen – 31 points (+43)
  • 3. James Wade – 25 points (-)
  • 4. Joe Cullen – 22 points (+7)
  • 5. Peter Wright – 22 points (-3)
  • 6. Gerwyn Price – 18 points (-11)
  • 7. Michael Smith – 16 points (-12)
  • 8. Gary Anderson – 9 points (-24)
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