Two penalty kicks that were used form the story of De Graafschap – FC Eindhoven in the first game of the play-offs for promotion to the Eredivisie. Hands were made twice in the penalty area, twice the ball went on the dot and there was no VAR to watch. Both teams were able to take advantage of the opportunity to end the game 1-1. On Friday, it will be decided in Eindhoven who will reach the second round of the play-offs.
After ten minutes of play, referee Alex Bos pointed to the penalty spot. A handball by Jeffry Fortes of De Graafschap was penalized. There was no fear that the decision would be reversed on the advice of the VAR. Due to a misunderstanding at ESPN, the necessary cameras for deploying the VAR were not present, so that the VAR is not used in the first round of the play-offs.
De Graafschap might have been lucky with that. Even before the penalty kick, which was used excellently by Joey Sleegers and FC Eindhoven in Doetinchem, there was a moment that the VAR would normally have looked at. Charles-Andreas Brym fell while on his way to the opponent’s goal. Bos didn’t like it, but the images showed that the Canadian attacker was hit.
In the second half FC Eindhoven was pushed back more and more. With just under twenty minutes left, Bos was again pointed to the spot after a handball after Van der Sande’s hands. Goalkeeper Nigel Bertrams had no answer to the effort of substitute Danzell Gravenberch, so that the home club leveled the score again: 1-1.
After that, there were no more goals, so that FC Eindhoven has every chance on Friday at home to reach the second round of the play-offs for the second time in club history.
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