Ruud van Nistelrooy frustrated at penalty call after Sparta Rotterdam draw

PSV Eindhoven’s Ruud van Nistelrooy has voiced his frustration over seeing his side being denied a penalty, Voetbal International reports.

The head coach saw his side fail to break through Sparta Rotterdam’s defences and had to leave the Philips Stadion with a share of the spoils as they failed to convert any of their chances.

Referee Sander van der Eijk was at the centre of the match’s biggest moment after denying the hosts a penalty after Jordan Teze appeared to have been fouled in the box. He was then recommended to take another look by VAR but he stayed with his original decision, much to Van Nistelrooy’s frustration.

He said: “That VAR moment, you can come back to that. That’s a penalty. Teze is hit and he doesn’t have the ball. Anyway, if you depend on that, then you haven’t done it right yourself.”

Despite feeling disappointed with the penalty, the head coach felt his side did not deserve the win as they start life without Cody Gakpo.

He added: “We weren’t good enough to win this game. We create too little. 

“Sparta defended well and compactly and therefore they gave little away. Our positional play was not good enough to create great opportunities. Today it lacked depth and the right choices.”

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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