Sergino Dest delivers strong PSV debut in Champions League qualifying
Tuesday’s thrilling UEFA Champions League qualifier came from Ibrox Stadium as Dutch giants PSV left Glasgow with a 2-2 first leg draw against Rangers.
U.S. men’s national team fullback Sergino Dest made his PSV debut in the result, logging 80 minutes at left back for Peter Bosz’s squad. Dest delivered a strong performance in the match, while fellow Americans Malik Tillman and Ricardo Pepi were unused substitutes.
Abdallah Sima’s opening goal came for Rangers on the verge of halftime, but Ibrahim Sangare’s confident strike in the 61st minute tied things up 1-1.
Rabbi Matondo’s curling finish in the 76th minute boosted Rangers back in front with 15+ minutes left to play. However, Luuk De Jong’s flicked header off a PSV corner kick gave the Eredivisie club a reasonable 2-2 draw heading back to Eindhoven for next week’s second leg.
Dest won eight of his 11 duels, completed a match-high five dribbles, and made seven recoveries from his left back position. The 22-year-old arrived on loan from Barcelona on Monday and jumped right into the squad on Tuesday night.
He will now prepare for Aug. 30th’s second leg from the Philips Stadion with PSV seeking a return to the UCL group stage this September.
PSV is off from league play this weekend, which will give Bosz and his players added time to prepare.