VAR denies City stoppage-time winner against spurs

Manchester City players react after draw against Tottenham

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) denied Gabriel Jesus a last minute winner at the end of a remarkable game, when a ball that brushed the hand of Aymeric Laporte in the build-up to the goal was spotted. The match ended 2-2.

City dominated the game from start to finish and had 30 attempts on Tottenham’s goal, compared to three from the visitors that yielded two goals.

For City, that was an excruciating moment of deja vu bearing in mind the influence of VAR, when these sides met in April’s Champions League quarter-final.

Kevin De Bruyne garnered widespread praise and acclaim for a wonderful individual performance with the Belgian midfielder providing both of City’s assists for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero’s goals.

Kevin De Bruyne dribbling past Tottenham players

City could legitimately argue they ought to have been awarded a penalty in the first half, because of Lamela’s manhandling of Rodri at a corner.

De Bruyne delivered sumptuous cross, met by Sterling with a beautiful header across Spurs keeper Lloris.

Their lead lasted three minutes before Lamela strode through the middle to place a left-footed shot past Ederson. Laporte had committed the classic defensive error of turning his back as his opponent shaped to shoot.

Twenty yards out, Lamela curled a low effort into the bottom corner.

City took the lead for a second time when Agüero darted forwards to turn in another of De Bruyne’s right-sided deliveries.

Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring gosl

The problem for City was turning their superiority into more goals and that left them vulnerable to the kind of sucker punch Moura delivered after his 55th-minute introduction for Harry Winks.

Lamela swung over the corner from the right. Moura’s header flashed past Ederson and it was 2-2.

Lucas Moura with the equalizer against Manchester City

In the moments when it looked like Aguero’s replacement Gabriel Jesus had scored the winning goal in injury-time, Guardiola and his Argentine striker shared an embrace in what they assumed was the moment of victory.

Then everyone was watching referee Michael Oliver draw a television in the air with his fingers and the scoreline on the big screens flicked back to 2-2.

VAR incident which led to disallowed goal

The handball decision was right under the law. All handballs that lead indirectly to a goal have to be disallowed.

Chidi Nwoke.