Rangers fans are raising their eyebrows at the decision not to award the club a penalty in the first half of the 2-2 Champions League Playoff draw with PSV Eindhoven.
The Ibrox club’s clash with the Dutch giants is neatly poised heading into next week’s return at the Philips Stadion but fans are wondering if things might’ve been different on the night in Govan.
This is after defender Jordan Teze appeared to connect with the ball with a raised hand in his own box as he defended a cross with the score at 0-0.
Despite having VAR in operation, the referees waved play on and Rangers weren’t given a spot-kick but replays appear to show the ball connecting with Teze’s arm in an unnatural position.
We can only assume the referees believed the ball to connect with Teze’s shoulder but on closer inspection you can see it hit his fingers and clearly connect with the arm.
Rangers boss confident of progression despite PSV penalty claim
Rangers fans may have the right to feel aggrieved here with a penalty offering the club the chance to go ahead in the PSV tie and open the scoring on the night.
Instead, PSV would strike first through Ibrahim Sangare before goals from Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence spun the match in Rangers’ favour.
A headed equaliser from PSV defender Armando Obispo – the second goal Rangers conceded from a corner in the game – meant the match ended 2-2 on the night.
Whilst there is some suggestion Rangers should’ve had a penalty, Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is confident his side can overcome the Dutch side when they travel to PSV next week.
“I’m happy with the performance – we gave everything,” said Van Bronckhorst [BBC Sport].
“At moments we played really well against a quality side. The differences in 90 minutes weren’t that big.
“I’m a very positive person and of course we are able to go through. We have showed in the past we can get a result away from home.
“It’s still even. We have to go out there and play for everything.”
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