VAR was once again the protagonist between City and Spurs who played out a 2 all draw in the second game week of the Premier League season.
When it was agreed that VAR would be used this season in the Premier League many Manchester City fans would not have been the most pleased set of people.
After VAR had denied them a chance at a clean sweep of trophies last season, the introduction of it into the league would not be something they would be looking forward to.
Two weeks into the campaign and it has started already against the same team that cost them a place in the Champions League semis last season. After it worked in their favour last week following Aguero’s missed penalty kick, they would have thought that their fortunes with VAR had turned.
The game between Manchester City and Spurs served up another dose of scintillating football between two sides who surely knew how to entertain.
As expected City took the lead through the transformed and rejuvenated Raheem Sterling under Pep Guardiola. The English man netting his 4th goal of this nascent season. City was in the groove after the goal and it was clear that they were not going to let up.
But as always football keeps throwing logic to the wind. Against the run of play, Spurs found an equalizer through Lamela who caught Ederson off his line and fired past the Brazilian Keeper. Game On!
City took the lead again this time through Aguero who literally glanced the ball into the back of the net after a delicious cross from Kevin De Bruyne.
They went into the break on top but there was more drama to come in the second. First Spurs grabbed an equalizer after Moura headed home after only being on the pitch for 19 secs. Then came the sucker punch- City after seemingly scoring the winner through substitute Gabriel Jesus had their celebrations cut short after VAR confirmed the cross in the build-up to the goal inadvertently glanced the armed of the unsuspecting Laporte before reaching the Brazilian who thumped the ball home with aplomb.
The goal was ruled out with Jesus cursing VAR. Once again after the night in April against the same opponents, Manchester City was left reeling after another controversial VAR decision denied them this time 3 full points. This might not prove costly but they will feel really hard done by once again by the rules of VAR.