Ruud van Nistelrooy hailed Fabio Silva, after the striker’s penalty won PSV Eindhoven the Dutch Cup.
The game between PSV and Ajax went to a shootout, after finishing 1-1 after extra-time.
It had been a feisty affair, with bust-ups and arguments between players. There were five yellow cards in the first-half alone.
In the shootout, Brian Brobbey and Jurrien Timber both missed for Ajax. And Ibrahim Sangare and Andre Ramalho missed for PSV.
After Edson Alvarez’s miss, it was Wolves youngster Silva who stepped up with the chance to make history.
The Portuguese striker made no mistake, cannoning his strike to Geronimo Rulli’s right.
It was a deadly accurate finish from Silva under huge pressure, so he deserves a lot of credit.
And his spot-kick drew praise from PSV manager van Nistelrooy, who said (via PSV): “It was a great finish. It was very important for us to lift the trophy.
“I know what it means to lose a cup final. You only get a few chances to win a prize and therefore the pressure is huge. But when the players are eighty, they will still talk about this. They will remember it for the rest of their lives.”
van Nistelrooy, of course, was known for being a deadly marksman in his playing days.
Many say that he is one of the best finishers the game has ever seen, particularly in the penalty area.
He scored an incredible 327 goals in 519 games at club level, and a further 35 in 70 games for the Netherlands.
Fabio Silva will surely return to Wolves this summer full of confidence, as van Nistelrooy praises cup-winning penalty
It has been a brilliant, productive season for Silva.
Wolves officials wanted him to play as much as possible this term. Across spells with Anderlecht and PSV he has been able to get regular minutes.
A return of 16 goals so far will delight those back at Wolves.
He is bound to be feeling confident at the moment, and hopefully he will come back to Wolves in the summer with a real spring in his step.
Julen Lopetegui apparently wants him back for pre-season. It would be fantastic if he could become Wolves’ main man and scored goals in the Premier League next season.