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Eredivisie: PSV Eindhoven Win Dutch League After Crushing Ajax

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 16: Dante Rigo of PSV during the champions parade during the PSV champions parade at the City of Eindhoven on April 16, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands (Photo by Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Eredivisie: PSV Eindhoven Win Dutch League After Crushing Ajax

Lost in the middle of Manchester City being gifted the Premier League title and Paris Saint-Germain taking hold of their seventh Ligue 1 title is the story of PSV Eindhoven, managed by Phillip Cocu. In a solid display at the Philips Stadion, PSV silenced Erik ten Hag’s AFC Ajax Amsterdam 3-0 for their 24th Eredivisie crown.

Ajax were forced to play down to nine men after Nicolas Tagliafico (80′) and Siem de Jong (83′) were sent off. Gaston Pereiro (23′), Luuk de Jong (38′) and Steven Bergwijn (54′) scored for the Farmers. Despite being outpossessed 36 to 64 percent, PSV had more shots (18 to 11), shots on target (12 to three) and corners (eight to three).

One player that could be leaving PSV Eindhoven for the big money of the Premier League is Marcel Brands. Brands is the technical director of the club and his leadership and expertise is prized by Everton, whose campaign in the EPL has been very lousy.

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“I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” Brands said of his end-of-season plans. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.”

PSV’s next two matches are expected to be guard of honor affairs as Roda JC (4/18, 9:30 a.m. PT) and ADO Den Haag (4/29, 5:30 a.m. PT) play host. Roda are 16th on the table with a record of 7-5-19 (26 points) and are risking being relegated through the playoffs at the end of the year. Den Haag are is a slightly better sport at 12-7-12 (43 points), good for ninth.

PSV Eindhoven’s last defeat over the past two months was a 5-0 scalp away to Willem II Tilborg. Since then, the champions have reeled off four straight victories on the trot, their only close test being a 3-2 thriller away to AZ Alkmaar on Apr. 7. El Tri gun Hirving Lozano has 15 goals while Marco van Ginkel has 14 and de Jong has 12. Lozano, 22, also is PSV’s main provider with eight assists this season.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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