Schreuder Admits Bassey Got Legitimate Red Card In Ajax Defeat To PSV

Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder has admitted that his new defender, Calvin Bassey, was legitimately sent off on his debut for the club during the 2022 Johan Cruyff Shield clash with PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.

PSV defeated Ajax 5-3 on Saturday July 30 at the Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam to retain the Dutch Super Cup title – their 12th in history.

Steven Bergwijn shot Ajax into the lead on 15 minutes before Gus Til’s double netted on 32 and 47 minutes ensured that PSV led 2-1 at halftime.

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22 year old Brazilian forward Antony equalised for the Eredivisie Champions Ajax on 54 minutes, then Cody Gakpo restored PSV lead with a 65th minute goal and Til completed his hattrick to extend the lead to 4-2.

Mohammed Kudus’ goal made it 4-3 for PSV in the 73rd minute, and Bassey was shown a red card six minutes later for a foul on Moroccan midfielder, Ismael Saibari.

The Centre Referee, Dennis Higler, earlier issued yellow card to Bassey, but VAR called for a review after which he decided it was a red card foul. And the Nigeria defender got the marching order after only 16 minutes in action having replaced Owen Wijndal in the 62nd minute.

Xavi Simons made it 5-3 for PSV in the 91st minute.

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Schreuder opined that though Bassey’s tackle wasn’t deliberate it was deserving of a red card.

“In the end I think the red card was decisive,” thescottishsun.co.uk quoted Schreuder as saying.

“You felt we could go on and win it, but it’s always more difficult with one less man.

“I looked at the incident after the game and he certainly didn’t do it deliberately, but he’s gone in a little too wild.

“I admit a red card could have been given, and I understand why they gave it.”

Bassey made 50 appearances in all competitions for Rangers last season and recorded six assists.

He has made six appearances for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

He won the Scottish Cup last season with the Gers.

Ajax won the Eredivisie last season with 83 points from 34 games.

By Toju Sote