Man City 2-2 Spurs: VAR Denies Pep’s City All Three Points

Man City 2-2 Spurs: VAR Denies Pep’s City All Three Points

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

A contentious VAR decision denied Premier League champions victory against Tottenham in their first home game of the season.

The Citizens were held to a 2-2 draw by Spurs at the Etihad in a game that was largely dominated by Pep Guardiola's side.

Goals by Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero before and after an Eric Lamela strike gave the Citizens an half-time lead but Lucas Moura levelled things with his first touch seconds after coming on.

Manchester City were, however, denied a late winner by a controversial VAR call after Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball before Gabriel Jesus slotted home.

The Brazilian who replaced Argentine captain Sergio Aguero in the second half thought he had won the game for his team when he curled home after Spurs failed to clear a corner.

But the jubilations at the packed Etihad stadium was cut shot when referee Michael Oliver overturned the goal after brief consultation with the video assistant referee.

Center back, Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball before it dropped on Jesus' path for him to smash home.

There was a familiar feel to the end of the game for the players, with the game mirroring the Champions League quarter final second leg tie between both sides.

In that game, it was Sterling who had scored what he thought was the goal that would send his team to the semi-finals of the competition but the strike was eventually chopped off following a review by VAR that showed Aguero who assisted the goal was in an offside position when he received the ball in the build up to the goal.

City might feel hard done by the result tonight but they would take some positives from the performances of some of their key players.

Raheem Sterling continued his scoring streak(four games) which has seen him score seven goals. Kevin De Bruyne also put in a man of the match display, assisting City's two goals.

The champions will now switch attention to their next game which is a trip to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday while Mauricio Pochettino's men will welcome Newcastle on the same day.

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