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VAR Steals The Show After Manchester City Hammer West Ham

VAR Steals The Show After Manchester City Hammer West Ham
By Gary Connaughton

We always knew it was going to happen. While the Premier League's opening fixture between Liverpool and Norwich managed to pass without incident, it was never going to be too long before we had a VAR controversy.

As luck would have it, it would arrive on the second game of the new season. Manchester City's 5-0 win over West Ham may not be the most noteworthy result, but some VAR incidents in the match are sure create plenty of headlines.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 2-0 lead before half time, and the pair linked up to extend that lead to 3-0 just after the interval.

However, the goal would be ruled out for offside after a VAR review. It was the correct call, but perhaps the tightest one we have ever seen.


As you might have guessed, the online reaction to the decision was not kind.

Sterling would grab his second of the game a few minutes later, and we would once again be treated to a VAR check. While this one actually looked more offside than the first one, it would stand.

VAR would come up trumps for for City for a second time a few minutes later, after Sergio Aguero was allowed to retake a missed penalty.

While it was originally assumed the it was retaken due to Lukasz Fabianski coming off his line, it was actually for encroachment into the penalty area. Declan Rice was well inside the box before the ball was struck, and he would then go on to clear away the ball.

Surprisingly, Manchester City supporters seemed to be more accepting of this VAR intervention.

The game would finish 5-0, with Raheem Sterling completing his hat trick late on. Despite his performance, the post-game narrative will be dominated by the new technology introduced into the Premier League.

Sterling himself, the man supposedly foiled by VAR, admitted he had no problem with the decision in his interview after the game.

Still, many continued to vent their frustration.

Still, at least there were some people applying some common sense to the subject.

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