PSV keeper’s own-goal blunder picked up by Hawk-Eye to crush title hopes

Goal-line device gave target after Zoet made error of clutching ball to chest. Feyenoord took giant step against title with 2-1 victory towards competitors PSV.

There was a sizzling atmosphere at the De Kuip Stadium as Feyenoord closed in on their first titkle since 1999
There used to be a scorching environment on the De Kuip Stadium as Feyenoord closed in on their first titkle since 1999

The PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet has claimed he may just now not have carried out extra to save you his aspect from conceding the target – given by goal-line generation by the best of margins – within the 2-1 defeat by Feyenoord that every one however ended PSV’s title hopes.

With the rating 1-1, Zoet stored a close-range header from the Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden within the 82nd minute, however as he clutched the ball to his chest a display at the referee Bas Nijhuis’s wrist lit up.


Nijhuis seemed down, noticed the phrase “target” flashing at the display and awarded the Dutch league leaders the profitable target in a 2-1 victory. The end result on Sunday introduced Feyenoord inside of succeed in in their first league title since 1999 and most probably ended the two-times protecting champions PSV’s title aspirations.

“This is significantly fucked up,” Zoet informed the Dutch broadcaster NOS. “The goal-line generation made the adaptation and issues will have been other if it had now not.

“He went most effective by his watch. If that had now not came about, I feel he would have stated no target. You will have to all the time stay believing in issues, however the title could be very a long way away. [It’s] a major blow.”

He later advised PSV TV: “I did the whole thing I may just to save you the ball crossing the road. According to the gadget, it used to be one millimetre over the road.”

The Dutch soccer government lauded the verdict. “Everybody advantages if soccer turns into extra fair and refereeing selections are correct,” the Dutch soccer affiliation spokesman Bas Ticheler stated. “Truth is the winner.”

Protesting PSV gamers surrounded Nijhuis after he awarded the target however later approved the verdict and stated they will have to have finished extra to win a fit that used to be most probably the final gasp in a faltering title defence. PSV at the moment are in 3rd position, 11 issues at the back of Feyenoord with 10 fits to play. Ajax are 2d, 5 issues at the back of.


Compounding PSV’s distress used to be the truth that Feyenoord’s De Kuip Stadium is the one Dutch floor with goal-line generation in the second one part of the season. Before the wintry weather wreck, the cameras have been at Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena.

There were different objectives awarded by the generation within the Netherlands however none at one of these the most important level in this kind of high-profile fit. “Luckily we’ve goal-line generation,” Van der Heijden stated. “A target is a target. Technology doesn’t lie.”

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