Vitesse Arnhem assistant manager Edward Sturing spoke to the NOS after his team lost on penalties to Amsterdam based amateur side AVV Swift.

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Sturing replaced Vitesse Arnhem manager Henk Fraser on the bench who was absent due to illness and watched on as his side were held to a 0-0 draw before going down on penalties.

Sturing said, ”It was a disgraceful performance completely outrageous. All credit to AVV Swift who played really well but that does not take away from the fact that we were terrible tonight.

”We did not do in the game what we set out to do and as the game went on you could see that the game was slipping through our fingers and that things became more difficult for us. We had to be aware not to concede a goal on the counter attack.

”I can only describe our performance as disgraceful today. I am embarrassed as I have worked and been at Vitesse Arnhem for such a long time.

”We underestimated AVV Swift today. We respect and congratulate AVV Swift and what they have achieved today. But the fact remains that we as cup holders have been eliminated by such an opponent who play in the 4th tier of Dutch football pyramid.

”If you look at the difference in quality of both teams and how we performed, in my opinion, we deserved to lose.

”AVV Swift performed to the best of their ability and we failed to be creative and we did not bring what was expected today.

”Henk Fraser is ill hence why he was not present today and I can imagine after hearing the news of what happened here that his condition will not improve anytime soon.”

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