PSV lift Dutch Cup after comfortable victory


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PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles Almelo 3-0 to lift the Dutch Cup yesterday, just weeks after former captain Philip Cocu took over as manager of the club.

Cocu, a former Dutch international, replaced Fred Rutten at PSV last month.

Zakaria Labyad played in Ola Toivonen for the opening goal in the 30th minute, Dries Mertens steered home a cross from Erik Pieters and Jeremain Lens sealed victory in the 62nd after capitalising on a defensive error.

Sunday's success could be the start of a Dutch league and cup double. PSV are fourth in the league standings, four points behind leader Ajax with six rounds to play.

Former Dutch international Phillip Cocu clinched his first trophy just 28 days after he accepted the job as PSV Eindhoven head coach when his team beat Heracles Almelo 3-0 in the Dutch Cup final.

It was a ninth success in the tournament for PSV who now focus attention on the league where they lie fourth, trailing leaders Ajax Amsterdam by four points with six matches left.