There was heartbreak for Omonia in the Europa League on Thursday night as the Nicosia club suffered a last-minute 2-1 defeat to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in their second group game at the GSP stadium.
It has been a difficult week for PSV, who lost several of their players due to coronavirus. They lost their opening group game 2-1 at home to Granada, a defeat followed by a disappointing 2-1 league defeat against Vitesse on Sunday.
Omonia started the game aggressively, controlling the tempo against a far more experienced team.
Michal Duris’ header from a good position in the seventh minute was blocked by PSV’s goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo.
Three minutes after, Eric Bautheac’s shot from outside the box after a threatening corner kick missed the goal by inches.
PSV responded with a dangerous attack by Noni Madueke, whose effort at goal, after he managed to cut through Omonia’s defence, was saved by Adam Lang.
The game’s first thunderbolt came in the 29th minute, as Omonoia took the lead thanks to an outrageous strike from Jordi Gomez. The home team’s captain caught Mvogo off his line and found the back of the net with a free kick from his own half.
After conceding, PSV immediately stepped up the pace of their game and, five minutes before half-time, Dutch young star Donyell Malen put his team back on level terms by beating Omonia’s Fabiano after combining with Madueke.
Shortly after the start of the second half, Duris missed a golden chance to give Omonoia the lead after a mistake by PSV at the back, but the striker’s snap-shot flew high over the bar.
Both teams in the second kept pushing for the advantage goal, with Malen coming close to finding the back of the net after a quick PSV counter-attack in the 66th minute. Luckily for Omonia, his shot from close range was blocked by Hubocan.
Four minutes after it was the home team that nearly went ahead but Duris missed an easy goal from inside the box once again.
In the 84th minute it was Fabiano’s turn to save the result when the Omonia goalkeeper denied Malen a late goal.
Drama, however, came shortly after, when Malen netted the winning goal, breaking Omonia’s hearts after a very convincing game against a much better opponent.