VAR erases Manchester City's thrilling game-winner in stoppage time

Eriksen's Tottenham future remains unresolved

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Cardiff City at Etihad Stadium on April 03, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Manchester City led Tottenham 2-1 at halftime.

City were celebrating after Gabriel Jesus appeared to have scored in injury time, but the goal was ruled out because the ball had brushed Aymeric Laporte's arm in the build-up.

Jesus' goal was disallowed because of the newly introduced handball rules that state that any goal resulting from handball, accidental or otherwise, must be ruled out.

FW Raheem Sterling, 7 - After scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, his stooping header at the back post put City a goal up. He had also earlier exchanged angry words with Guardiola when he was substituted for Jesus, but the City boss dismissed that as a misunderstanding.

The fact this was only spotted by VAR sometime after the offence - referee Michael Oliver had missed it - exacerbated the sense of frustration. It's the second time it's happened.

Guardiola will wonder how his team didn't win.

Spoils shared: Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Pep Guardiola embrace after Manchester City and Tottenham drew 2-2 on Saturday.

The diminutive Brazil winger ran straight toward the penalty area to line up for his team's corner and rose highest - somewhat improbably - to send a glancing header looping into the net in the 56th.

Guardiola made a decision to remove Aguero after 66 minutes and shouted at him as he left the field, but assistant boss Mikel Arteta intervened to prevent more of a scene and the pair were later seen hugging.

I think we need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it's massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.

It is only Matchweek 2, but few Premier League days will match this.

To say it has been a roller-coaster start to life at Anfield would be an understatement.

However, if anything Guardiola's men look stronger last season with Kevin de Bruyne restored to full fitness, while Spanish worldwide Rodri was slotted seamlessly into midfield.

But City's advantage lasted less than three minutes as Erik Lamela fired Spurs level after he was expertly picked out by Tanguy Ndombele.

After his consolation goal at Anfield on the opening weekend, the Finland striker added another three in dismantling sorry Newcastle as top-flight soccer returned to Carrow Road.

"Joao only joined us last week so he probably needs a bit more adjusting (time) but both of them will really help us to play well".

In 120 minutes against Liverpool, Chelsea held their own in a game they were expected to get stuffed in and they only lost because of penalties.

"We played incredible. The best game we have played in our time together, it was so good".

Liverpool's Sadio Mane inspired their win at Southampton. He set up both goals - the first was scored by Alexandre Lacazette - and showed the touch and vision Arsenal has been missing since the departure of another Spanish playmaker, Santi Cazorla.

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