PSV Eindhoven defeats Monaco in the Champions League qualifying round
After Monaco missed out on joining Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in the Champions League group stages, France’s Ligue 1 will have only two representatives.
Philippe Clément’s men conceded a last-minute equalizer to PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadion.
With the aggregate scores level at 3-3, PSV clinched the tie during extra-time following Luuk de Jong’s goal.
“We played really well,” Monaco defender Axel Disasi told Canal + in France.
“I believe we were the superior side over the two legs.” We caused a lot of problems for them, but they were more clinical than us. “We all gave it our all.”
Monaco will drop into the second tier Europa League for the second consecutive year.
“Cruel is the word for it,” said Clément. “We dominated both legs, but we’re not done yet.” That’s football. That’s its charm. Just because you dominate doesn’t mean you’ll win.”
Monaco will play Rennes at the Stade Louis II on Saturday afternoon in Ligue 1.
Rennes lost their season opener 1-0 at home to Lorient, while Monaco won 2-1 at Strasbourg.
“Our reaction to this setback will be critical,” Clément said. “Last season, we took a long time to recover from not qualifying for the Champions League, and as a result, we dropped a lot of points that could have helped us finish second and get that automatic qualifying spot.”
“We must be careful not to repeat the same mistake.”
PSV will face Rangers of Scotland in the group stages of the 2022/23 competition after overcoming a two-goal first-leg deficit to defeat Union Saint-Gilloise of Belgium.
Malik Tillman, an American midfielder, scored Rangers’ third goal in the 78th minute.
Elsewhere Dynamo Kyiv required extra time to defeat Sturm Graz.
The Ukrainian club will face Benfica in a playoff. The first leg will take place next week in Odz, Poland, where Dynamo is playing its “home” games while the war in Ukraine continues.
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