Watch the video of Raheem Sterling scoring a blatant foul against Watford in the Premier League.
Manchester City had much control of the game, but they were not able to break down Watford’s resilient defence in the first half. However, they have been on the brighter side since the start of the second half with Raheem Sterling scoring a hattrick within 13 minutes to give an unassailable lead for the hosts.
The English International scored 41 seconds into the second, but the assistant referee flagged him offside which should have stood. Instead, the main referee took the matter in his hands to overturn the decision and give a lead for Pep Guardiola’s men.
The former Liverpool attacker scored from a tap-in and completed the hat-trick by going past two players and dink the ball over the goalkeeper Ben Foster. Watford’s Javi Gracia made a double substitution by bringing in Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu.
The duo combined to cut down the deficit twenty one second after taking up the field in the second half. However, the first goal is the main talking point is the first goal.
RAHEEM STERLING’S OFFSIDE GOAL:
Here is the video of Raheem Sterling’s offside goal against Watford.
— Shuj (@Chocmilksheikh1) March 9, 2019
Horrendous decision to allow that Sterling goal to count. Linesman noticed that he was in an offside position but gave the goal as the defender touched the ball first. pic.twitter.com/CdEn1JfBOr
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) March 9, 2019
The ball was played from Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero’s poor touch went to Raheem Sterling. Manchester City’s number 7 scored it past Ben Foster. However, the main referee was not sure and consulted with the linesman and overruled the decision which should have stayed.
Irrespective of Janmatt’s touch, the goal should not have stayed because Raheem Sterling was in an offside position when the ball went in. It was a laughable and horrendous decision.
The fans were fuming with that poor decision.
No they absolutely do not. The ball is played to him. He moves towards the ball. The millisecond that he does that, he’s offside. The defender could literally volley the ball into his own net on purpose and it’s still a Watford free-kick. The game stops when there’s an offside. https://t.co/14cZjRCMNP
— Adam Rowe (@adamrowecomedy) March 9, 2019
😳 – What has happened here!?
Raheem Sterling puts the ball in the net from an offside position and the linesman raises his flag, but the referee over-rules the decision and @ManCity lead!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 9, 2019
Sterling goal #1 was offside. Law 11.2, offside offence occurs when offside player is ‘challenging an opponent for the ball’ or ‘clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent’
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) March 9, 2019
I’m in a pub with no sound but Sterling is 100% offside there right? Mad.
— Paul (Maych) Machin (@ThePaulMachin) March 9, 2019
That’s an offside goal by Raheem Sterling ffs !!! #VAR is needed in the premier league
— Eden Hazard 2.0 (@HazardEmpire) March 9, 2019
Goal given at the Etihad. Sterling was offside as Aguero chested the ball onto him but (I think) because the defender has hit it into Sterling he’s not off until he touches it? Sure Peter Walton can clear it up!
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) March 9, 2019
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) March 9, 2019
What an absolute horseshit decision. Sterling is clearly interfering with play. Wether the defender got to it first or not. He is offside. Shocking. #MCIWAT
— Chris Lovett (@99lovettchr) March 9, 2019
Paul Tierney was too clever in allowing Manchester City’s opener. Daryl Janmaat’s clearance went in the net off Raheem Sterling, but Sterling should have been given offside for at least one of the reasons below. #MCIWAThttps://t.co/YGQl5nAqa9 pic.twitter.com/PSb1objOSC
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) March 9, 2019
Even though Raheem Sterling scored an offside in the early seconds of the second half, his intelligence would not be withdrawn. The Manchester City forward was voted as the Man of the match for producing an excellent match changing display before getting substituted in the 62nd minute.
Manchester City have got two lucky decisions in their last two home games. Bernardo Silva went down too easily against West Ham which resulted in a penalty last week. Raheem Sterling has now scored a goal which should not have stayed.
VAR cannot come soon enough..