Manchester United exited the Champions League on Tuesday night and it was solid gold TV for the neutral.
However, in anything but the neutral corner were Newcastle players Gini Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong.
Manchester United bowing out of the premier European competition completed a perfect 48 hours for the United pair.
Siem de Jong actually starting a Premier League match on Sunday and Gini Wijnaldum ‘scoring’ the goals that defeated Liverpool.
However, on Tuesday night it was Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong and PSV who took centre stage, with brother Siem and former PSV Captain Wijnaldum more than just interested bystanders.
Manchester United were away at Wolfsburg and PSV hosted CSKA, with the Dutch team a point behind, they simply needed at least one point more on the night than Man Utd to progress.
It was dramatic stuff as Manchester United took a 10th minute lead, only to then concede two more goals in the next 19 minutes, meaning that PSV were going through as their game was goalless.
That lasted until the 76th minute when a PSV own goal tipped it in favour of Man Utd, only for Luuk de Jong to score in the 78th and put PSV back in control.
Incredibly, Wolfsburg then conceded an own goal after 82 minutes to put Man U back in charge with both games then being draws.
However, two minutes later, almost simultaneously both Wolfsburg and PSV scored, to crush Manchester United hopes and in the end send a jubilant PSV through to the last 16.
Gini Wijnaldum had done so much to put PSV into this position and both he and Siem de Jong were quick to offer their congratulations after the match.
Wijnaldum retweeting Siem de Jong’s Twitter message which read:
“Congrats Luuk de Jong and PSV for going to the next round in the Champions League.”
A massive triumph for PSV and especially Luuk de Jong, having flopped in Germany and when on trial at Newcastle, though you have to really question what Pardew and Carver did with him when he was on loan at St James Park, playing him in a withdrawn role rather than up front.
This season, as well as captaining the side, Luuk de Jong has scored 17 goals in 16 starts in domestic football in Holland, plus two goals in the Champions League.
Let’s hope this proves a great season for both the de Jong brothers.
— Siem de Jong (@siemdejong) December 8, 2015