PSV Eindhoven claimed sole leadership of Europa League Group I this evening with a hard-fought victory over Debrecen at the Ferenc Puskas Stadion in Hungary.
Jonathan Reis netted the winner for PSV in the 66th minute after Holland midfielder Orlando Engelaar had cancelled out Mirsad Mijadinoski's opener for the point-less hosts.
The result moved Fred Rutten's side on to seven points from three games - one ahead of Metalist Kharkiv, who were 2-1 winners against Sampdoria in the pool's other game this evening.
Jeremain Lens found himself well placed to give PSV the lead inside the first minute, but hit his right-footed shot wide from close range.
PSV goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson made the first save of the match after 10 minutes to keep out an Adamo Coulibaly effort.
The Eredivisie leaders mustered a couple of half-chances but Ibrahim Afellay and Marcus Berg could only fire wide, and when the deadlock was broken - 10 minutes before half-time - it was the home side celebrating.
Berg's foul on Robert Nagy resulted in a yellow card for the PSV striker and led to a free-kick taken by Peter Czvitkovics, which Mijadinoski latched on to and slotted into the bottom-left corner.
The hosts were ahead for only five minutes, though, before Engelaar's left-footed strike also found the bottom-left corner to get the visitors back on level terms.
PSV started the second half brightly, with long-range blasts from Balazs Dzsudzsak and Ibrahim Afellay keeping Debrecen keeper Mindaugas Malinauskas on his toes.
Former Debrecen winger Dzsudzsak then produced an outswinging corner which was met by the head of Reis, but Malinauskas made the save.
Reis and Ola Toivonen continued to pepper Malinauskas' goal with efforts from long distance, and the Debrecen stopper was finally beaten for a second time midway through the second half.
Brazilian striker Reis directed a right-footed shot past Malinauskas and into the bottom-right corner from 12 yards.
PSV could have added to their lead in the remaining time, Afellay volleying wide from the edge of the area with 15 minutes left and Berg seeing his shot blocked by Mijadinoski, but the visitors had already done enough.