PSV Eindhoven 2 AEK Athens 0
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The hosts stepped up a gear after the interval, and goals from Wilfred Bouma and Arjan Robben finally broke the spirit of the dogged Greek outfit.
The visitors, still searching for their first UEFA Champions League victory at the fifteenth attempt, made their intentions clear by pulling numbers behind the ball in the first period to try and keep chances at a premium, and their endeavours paid off.
PSV's best chance of the opening half inevitably fell to Mateja Kezman who, after being played in by Bouma, was saw his shot blocked firstly by goalkeeper Chrisostomos Mihailidis and then had the subsequent rebound hacked off the line by Konstantinos Katsouranis.
Kezman did find the back of the back of the net on 37 minutes, but his fine finish was chalked off after he was adjudged offside.
The deadlock was broken, however, six minutes after the break when Bouma rose powerfully to angle home a header from Robben's left-wing corner from eight yards.
The game opened up following the goal and it was little surprise when the hosts added a second some twelve minutes later, and it was the ever-lively Robben who got his name on the scoresheet.
Bouma was again involved, his delightful through-ball freed Kezman in the inside left channel, and the Serbo-Montenegrin hit-man squared unselfishly for the onrushing Robben to poke home under pressure.
PSV could have added further goals, and Mihailidis did well to tip a Kezman effort over the bar from close range with ten minutes remaining.
The win keeps Guus Hiddink's men in contention in Group C just one point behind second-placed Deportivo La Coruna, while AEK hopes are all but over following the reverse.