Man City-Tottenham VAR Controversy: VAR denies Pep Guardiola’s boys a victory as Champions League memories come back to haunt the English Champions in the Premier League.
True to their reputation, both Manchester City and Tottenham played out a thrilling draw. While City seemed like the better team, a draw seems to be a fair result between them. Neither team took their foot off the pedal for the entire duration of 90 minutes.
Both teams played a very aggressive brand of football. However, City drew first blood by scoring the opening goal. Raheem Sterling, who is in ominous form at the moment, converted a fantastic cross from Kevin De Bruyne and headed a stunner into the net.
Tottenham quickly equalized through Erik Lamela 3 minutes later. Frankly, Ederson should have stopped the goal but it is what it is. With the scores levelled, two of City’s most prolific players banded together to reclaim the lead.
Kevin De Bruyne was surprisingly given a lot of space by Tottenham’s defenders. The Belgian found Sergio Aguero in front of the goal. The Argentine tapped in an easy chance. The teams walked back to their dugouts at half-time with the score 2-1 in City’s favour.
Tottenham fight back but City dominate
Tottenham made a change in the 56th minute and introduced Lucas Moura who scored a header after being on the pitch for merely 14 seconds! With a goal in his first touch, the Brazilian levelled the score.
City then began to play some of the most brutal attacking football. Tottenham on the other hand, did everything in their power to match the Sky Blues. With 4 minutes added as extra time, it seemed that the match was heading to a draw. However, with 2 minutes left to the game it seemed that Gabriel Jesus had scored the winner.
The entire Manchester City stadium erupted but what happened afterwards bought stunned silence.
Man City-Tottenham VAR Controversy, once again!
The last time Manchester City and Tottenham faced each other; City won the match but lost the Champions League Quarter Final. With the total score tied at 4-4 and Tottenham having the away goal advantage, City needed to score one more goal to progress in the European championship. With the game just minutes away from ending, Sterling scored what would have been the winner. However, VAR denied the goal and City crashed out of the Champions League.
Merely months later, history repeated itself; Gabriel Jesus’ extra time winner was denied after VAR declared a handball on the assist. You just can’t make this up and the Citizens will consider themselves very unfortunate.
Watch the disallowed goal
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However, it was still a thrilling match nonetheless. Tottenham are now the first team since last year’s Christmas to come out of Manchester City without losing.
Regardless, both teams played brilliantly and will take immense confidence from their showing tonight.
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