Jiangsu Suning manager Dan Petrescu unhappy with referee after Binh Duong draw

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Dan Petrescu

The Romanian manager has said he was unhappy with the referee’s penalty decision against in their AFC Champions League group-stage opener where his team were held to a 1-1 draw by .

Jiangsu Suning started the match brightly when Xiang Ji put them 1-0 up on 13 minutes. However, around the half-hour mark, Becamex Binh Duong’s Henry had his shirt pulled by a Jiangsu Suning defender inside the box.

Iranian referee Alireza Faghani pointed to the spot, and Vietnamese Golden Ball winner Nguyen Anh Duc leveled the score with a panenka-style kick.

After the match, a visibly frustrated made sure everybody in the press room understand his disappointment with the result.

“The result was not convincing since it was not a penalty. We created a lot of chances afterward, but the finishing was poor”, the Romanian coach said.

However, the former Chelsea player was happy with his foreign players, specifically the Brazilian trio Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jo, for whom the club paid a combined transfer fee of more than €80 million.

“I’m pleased with the foreign players’ performances today. Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jo need time to settle in, and the Chinese players also need time to get used to their new team-mates”, he said.