VAR denies Jesus as Manchester City share spoils with Tottenham
VAR denies Jesus as Manchester City share spoils with Tottenham

VAR denies Jesus as Manchester City share spoils with Tottenham

Manchester City dropped points in an extraordinary match at Etihad after settling for a 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Saturday. 

The man who had a hat trick in the opening match against West Ham United Raheem Sterling scored the first goal for City. It took Spurs three minutes to find the leveller through Erik Lamela but Sergio Aguero's strike saw the hosts lead at half time. Super-sub Lucas Moura took seconds to score the equalizer after coming in but Gabriel Jesus netted what appeared to be the winner in the stoppage time but the goal was ruled out.  

A  brilliant start from Manchester City saw them take the lead in the 20th minute and yes it was the usual suspect, Raheem Sterling. Bernardo Silva got down the right flank just a touch before nipping the ball back for De Bruyne. He then swept the ball towards the back post with his first touch, making it look like the easiest thing in the world. He delivered a beautiful cross to Sterling who had lost his marker, Walker-Peters before heading it home into the far corner. 


Three minutes later, there was an equalizer, out of absolutely nothing. Ndombele gestured to his team-mate to come and get the ball and Lamela obliged, before running towards the top of the box. He managed to curl his shot around the back of Gundogan which caught Ederson off-guard and he didn’t have time to get across and make the save. 

Aguero goal 

City restored their lead in the 34th minute and this time it was Aguero putting the ball into the back of the net. Bernardo Silva slipped the ball in for De Bruyne down the right, who got in between Winks and Rose. He lifted his head and picked the run of Aguero in the middle. Once the cross was at his feet, there was no mistaking that Aguero will tap home which he did with Alderweireld left scrambling to keep up. 

Moura goal 

Moura came in in the 56th minute and had an instant impact as he levelled the scores for the visitors. He came on just before the corner, which Lamela delivered and Moura got in between Zincheko and Walker before nodding the ball into the back of the net. 

Disallowed goal

City grabbed what looked like the winning goal in the stoppage time through Gabriel Jesus. De Bruyne delivered, and Laporte headed it on. The loose ball fell to Jesus who danced into some space before sweeping home. But there was a VAR check. 

The goal didn't stand. As Laporte put his head down to head the ball back for Jesus, the ball touched his arm on the way through, which was a huge spot and huge decision from VAR.  After a minute or so, Michael Oliver signaled that the goal was ruled out for handball. 

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