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English Premiere League: VAR Denies Manchester City A Victory, Saves The League

Manchester City on Saturday played a 2-2 draw with Tottenham all thanks to the newly introduced VAR. VAR(Video Assistant Referees) disallowed the goal scored by Gabriel Jesus in the second minute of injury time. This was the second such incident with the City when a goal was ruled out by VAR.

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The defending champions of Premier League started their second game of the league on a pressing point when Sterling scored the first goal. The lead was equalized twice in the game when Erik Lamela equalized Sterling's goal and second-half substitute Lucas Moura equalized the Sergio Aguero's goal. The score was 2-2 till the end of full time.

But things turned up when Gabriel Jesus, who came to the field as the substitute for Aguero, scored an injury-time goal. But the VAR disallowed the goal on review for a handball by Laporte. With this draw, City is third on the points table while Liverpool is the current table toppers.

The city has now suffered twice due to VAR. Back in April, in the quarterfinals of Champions League, Sterling scored a goal in the second-leg making the aggregate score 5-3. This goal would take City into semifinals but VAR disallowed the goal after a long confusing wait for offside.

Earlier in the game, VAR had allowed Llorente's goal for Spurs which had a huge impact as City were out of the Champions League. Llorente's allowed goal was very much debated as it had brushed off the arm of himself.

The handball rules were changed in the summer due to this significant impact caused by the goal of Llorente. The new rules state that any handball, intentional or otherwise, in the build-up to a goal would lead to the goal being disallowed. Unfortunately, City was on the receiving ends of technically correct VARs.

But another important role was played by the VAR in Saturday's game. If the City would have gone to win the match, the Premier League would become a 'catch me if you can' race. The most anticipated game of the season is Manchester City vs Liverpool and Liverpool is the only side that seems capable of stopping the City's juggernaut. But that match at the Anfield would have futile as the visiting team, Manchester City, would have been on a 25 matches long win streak. 

The Premier League fixtures would have set the bar too high for any team to touch let alone cross it if City would have won against Tottenham. But the Premier League has just started and it would be foolish to rule out the possibilities of new champion this year. While all the pundits have put their money on Manchester City as the favorites to win this year's Champions League, but the same can't be said about the Premier League, all thanks to the VAR.

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