Man City are denied another late goal against Tottenham by VAR… months after their controversial Champions League quarter-final as Pep Guardiola laments inconsistent decisions: ‘It’s hands from Fernando Llorente, sometimes it’s not hands’
- Manchester City were denied a late goal once again by VAR against Tottenham
- Gabriel Jesus had a stoppage-time winner ruled out at the Etihad on Saturday
- Aymeric Laporte was adjudged by VAR to have handled the ball in the build up
- It is four months to the day that City had a late goal disallowed against Spurs
- Raheem Sterling’s strike in the Champions League quarter-finals was denied
History repeated itself on Saturday evening after Manchester City were incredibly denied yet another late goal by VAR against Tottenham.
As their Premier League encounter entered stoppage time at the Etihad with the game poised at 2-2, Gabriel Jesus found the ball at his feet inside the area before rifling home what he thought was City’s third and ultimately, the winning goal.
Following the wild celebrations from both City’s players and their supporters, referee Michael Oliver paused, went to his ear, and then ruled out the goal leaving both sides in disbelief.
Gabriel Jesus complains to Michael Oliver after his stoppage-time goal is ruled out
Jesus thought he won it for City as he fired in a third goal for the champions in stoppage-time
Aymeric Laporte (centre) was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build up to the goal
However, just like the Champions League quarter-final, VAR ruled out another City late goal
Jesus shows his disappointment at the final whistle after goal was ruled out by VAR
It’s four months to the day that City were controversially denied a fifth goal in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Spurs – a strike that would’ve sent City through to the last four to face Ajax.
However, what would’ve been Raheem Sterling hat-trick on the night, City’s fifth was ruled after Sergio Aguero was deemed to be in an offside position when he collected the ball in the build-up to the goal.
On Saturday it wasn’t an offside but a handball that denied the champions.
Raheem Sterling thought he scored to send City through to the Champions League semi-finals
The Tottenham players had their heads in their hands as Sterling celebrated a late goal
Pep Guardiola and his backroom staff passionately celebrate the goal on April 17
Sergio Aguero (top left) was in an offside position when he collected the ball before the goal
However, the goal was ruled out for offside, sending Spurs through to the semi-finals instead
City won a corner after unloading serious amounts of pressure on Tottenham throughout large spells of the game, with Spurs desperately trying to hold on for a point.
As the corner was sent in, Kyle Walker-Peters wrestled with Aymeric Laporte inside the box before the ball appeared to accidentally hit the defender’s arm.
As a result, Jesus picked up the ball, set his feet and fired past several Tottenham bodies before controversy struck again.
City boss Pep Guardiola couldn’t believe what he saw as he lamented the inconsistent officiating.
Guardiola couldn’t believe what he saw on Saturday and lamented the inconsistent officiating
Guardiola pointed out that VAR did not disallow Fernando Llorente’s goal four months ago
When asked about what he just witnessed, Pep told Sky Sports: ‘Déjà vu. It was the same. Last action we scored a goal and referee, var, disallowed it. What should I say. The second time, it’s tough. But it’s what it is. The new rules.
‘It happen last week in Wolves. We saw hands from Liverpool and Chelsea. A penalty you have to be the keeper on the line, Adrian, and he moves. So, they have to fix it.
‘We saw inside the images, not quite clear, but if they believe it’s hands, sometimes it’s hands in the Champions League from [Fernando] Llorente, sometimes it’s not hands.
‘Now you have to accept it and keep going. It was in the beginning, penalty in the first half and the referee said no. I don’t know. All we can do is play that way and decisions accept it. You have to work on the chances to score more goals.’