VAR in controversial premiership debut as Raheem Sterling hit a hat trick – Independent Observers

VAR in controversial premiership debut as Raheem Sterling hit a hat trick

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By Kunle Adedoyin

Raheem Sterling hit a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side kicked off the new season with a 5-0 victory away to West Ham in a match that was almost marred by Video Assisted Refree (VAR) controversy.

Jesus scored in the 25th minute after latching onto Kyle Walker’s cross before Sterling made it 2-0 in the 51st minute following excellent work from Kevin de Bruyne.

Jesus then had a goal ruled out by VAR after Sterling, who crossed the ball to him, was deemed to be offside. The Jesus’ strike was the first time in Premier League history that a goal had been ruled out due to a VAR decision

Sterling eventually did make it with a lofted finish after he was located by Riyad Mahrez.

Sergio Aguero, who came on as a substitute, missed a penalty but then scored after VAR deemed that the spot-kick should be retaken.

Sterling completed his hat-trick in the closing stages of the game. 

MATCH FACTS

West Ham: Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Wilshere (Snodgrass 56), Rice; Anderson (Hernandez 66), Lanzini, Antonio (Fornals 45), Haller

Subs: Roberto, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Zabaleta

Booked: Balbuena, Anderson

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Gundogan 79), Rodri, David Silva (Foden 80); Mahrez, Jesus (Aguero 69), Sterling

Subs: Bravo, Otamendi, Bernardo Silva, Cancelo

Goals: Jesus 25, Sterling 51, 75, 90, Aguero 86 (pen)

Booked: Walker, Sterling

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