Corinthians Beats PSV Eindhoven To Open 2018 Florida Cup

Penalty shootout results in additional point for Corinthians As They Win (5-4)

It took a penalty shootout to end the opening match of the 2018 Florida Cup Wednesday night as Sam Lammers’ dramatic goal lifter PSV Eindhoven to a 1-1 draw in stoppage time, but he was the only shooter denied during the ensuing penalty shootout.

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A good crowd was on hand at Orlando City Stadium to see the tournament opener, which saw the Brazilian champions claim two points by virtue of winning the penalty shootout, 5-4, after the draw.

Star attacking midfielder Rodriguinho had staked his side to a 1-0 lead in the first half and Corinthians substituted liberally to start the second half, allowing PSV to come at the Brazilian team in waves, only to be denied time after time by imperfect finishing or outstanding goalkeeping by second-half keeper Caíque França, who put on a clinic, especially in the final 15 minutes.

Corinthians lined up with Cassio in goal, a back line of (left to right) Juninho Capixaba, Pedro Henrique, Fabián Balbuena, and Fagner, a midfield of Rodriguinho, Gabriel, and Jádson, and an attacking line of Ángel Romero, Colin Kazim-Richards, and Clayson.

PSV countered with its own 4-3-3 lineup of Jeroen Zoet in goal, a back line of Santiago Arias, Daniel Schwaab, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, and Joshua Brenet, a midfield of Jorrit Hendrix, Marco Van Ginkel, and Gastón Pereiro, with an attacking line of Steven Bergwijn, Luuk De Jong, and Hirving Lozano.

The Dutch side was on the front foot early, getting the bulk of the chances in the game’s first 20 minutes but lacked quality in the final third, especially finishing and picking out runners on crosses into the box.

Hendrix nearly sent in De Jong alone on goal for PSV in the first minute but the play was just offside. At the eight-minute mark, it was De Jong sending a header well wide but PSV earned a corner and a header in a mass of traffic bounced toward Cassio who punched it clear of the goal to keep it scoreless. De Jong sent a header just a foot or so wide in the 18th minute as well.

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