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'They have to fix it': Guardiola fumes after VAR denies City

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho battles for possession with Christian Eriksen Rival midfielders Fernandinho and Christian Eriksen could make their first starts of the season on Saturday
Cary Erickson | 19 August, 2019, 02:25

Manchester City had a late goal from Gabriel Jesus ruled out by VAR review as they drew 2-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday morning (Aug 18, Singapore time) - their first league home game without victory in almost eight months.

Then, in stoppage time, City thought they scored the goal they needed when Raheem Sterling struck from close range.

Last season, an unintentional handball that resulted in a goal or created a goal could stand, but this season the Premier League adopted a rule where even unintentional handballs that result in a goal or help create a goal are illegal.

But Tottenham were lucky to escape with a point after a sublime performance by Pep Guardiola's side.

City were denied what would have been their third goal - and Jesus' second - after VAR adjudged Sterling offside by the narrowest possible margin in the build-up, with his left shoulder just beyond the last defender.

"I also thought we should have had a penalty when Erik Lamela fouled Rodrigo in the area".

It is not a new phenomenon as a City fan to watch our Guardiola led team miss chance after chance.

However, those celebrations were cut short when referee Michael Oliver indicated that a VAR review was under way, and the goal was disallowed after replays showed a ball into the box had flicked off Laporte's arm.

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It was the third significant VAR call to go against Guardiola's men, the second this season, and the second time Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs were the beneficiaries.

The result leaves City two points behind Liverpool, the team expected again to be its biggest rival for the title.

It was Kun's 97th Premier League goal at the Etihad.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane inspired their win at Southampton.

Adrian ensured there was a nervy finish when he kicked a clearance straight at Southampton striker Danny Ings and saw the ball rebound into the net in the 83rd.

The intervention of VAR helped Spurs to progress to the Champions League semi-final past year, and on Saturday evening it saved the away side from amassing seven consecutive defeats on their travels. Only Wayne Rooney (101) at Old Trafford and Thierry Henry (114) at Highbury have scored more times at a single venue in the league's history.

Tottenham are without a win in seven away league games (D1 L6) for the first time since a run of eight games without a victory ending in April 2012 (D4 L4).

Brighton and West Ham drew 1-1 in the other match.