Manchester City found themselves hard done not once but twice by VAR decisions as they were defeated by Tottenham on away goals and bowed out of the Champions League.
The English Champions’ hunt for a historic quadruple was handed a brutal gutcheck when two controversial VAR decisions – one to allow a Tottehman goal and one to disallow a Manchester City one – saw them crash out of the Champions League.
After a rollicking start to the game, that saw 4 goals fly in in the first 10 or so minutes, Manchester City imposed themselves on the game, establishing a 2 goal lead that would have seen them through to the semifinals.
However a dubious Fernando Llorente goal from a corner in the 73rd minute, that saw the ball brush off his arm before creeping into the net, gave Spurs the edge on away goals.
And that was how it ended after Raheem Sterling’s goal in injury time was ruled out for a marginal offside call in the build up.
Understandably, the fans were not happy at how big a say VAR had had on the final result of the match and much less so that neither call was a cut and dry one.
Give it another year and everyone in England will be sick of VAR…. #DontNeedIt
— Dimi Pana (@DPan0059) April 18, 2019
Man City: Goal Goal Goal Goal!! 5-3!!
— The Bel Esprit (@DaSoko) April 18, 2019
This Is really Bad. VAR is really bad. #MCITOT
— Ezekiel Musita (@_Ezekiel_Musita) April 18, 2019
The #VAR protocol needs to change. The on field ref needs to call out something Immediately for it to be referred to the VAR,instead of the VAR deciding to look and each and every thing..after all those last minute celebrations, to take it away like that ruins the sporting moment
— Saajid Reyaz (@saaj07) April 18, 2019
#VAR is a disgusting perversion of the beautiful game, and it single handily cost @ManCity the match winnner. @ChampionsLeague get rid of VAR please, the officials rarely need the help, and it rarely provides the necessary insight to overturn/make a call
— alex inman (@alexinman115) April 18, 2019
I’ve never seen a game quite like #MCITOT – a goal rush coming from mistakes, stunning finishes, VAR galore. Cruel on @ManCity in the end as the late Sterling effort correctly ruled out but Llorente’s goal was dubious. Delighted for @SpursOfficial all the same #ChampionsLَeague
— JohnDykes (@JohnDykesFC) April 17, 2019
VAR OUTTA NOWHERE pic.twitter.com/qCpj48bxdD
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) April 17, 2019
— JΛKE BUCKLEY 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) April 17, 2019
The fact #ESPNFC is unhappy about the VAR call makes me happy
— Fire & Blood FC 🇧🇧🇺🇸 (@Bajanreddevil) April 18, 2019
Watching it all over again because I can't quite believe what i saw. From 2-2 after 10 mins, to out then in thanks to VAR in injury time. Never seen anything like it. Football, bloody hell. #COYS! #ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/T61DyJBls9
— Tobias Peggs (@tobiaspeggs) April 18, 2019
Man City chance of getting to semis:
— georgecolville (@georgecolville4) April 17, 2019
As a LFC fan I’m still against VAR… City going through was the better scenario anyways
— Kris.M (@KrisMLFC) April 18, 2019
I feel like this puts me at peace after 7 years. VAR my lord, VAR. pic.twitter.com/zPbb6nxGEr
— Alex Turk 👨🏻💻 (@ALEXCTURK) April 18, 2019
— Shaq (@Hybrid_VI) April 18, 2019
— Marvin (@Marvin_pst) April 18, 2019
I feel that last night was a real turn in a new direction for football and not for the better. Will fans of teams around the world now hesitate to celebrate last minute winners for fear of having them chalked off? Imagine having to check your elation. It's cruel. #var
— Alex (@inalexworld) April 18, 2019
3 yrs ago, the machines who rule the future sent an unstoppable #VAR Terminator to assassinate the spontaneous joy of live football. They failed. In 2020, the machines try again.
It’s the year 2021 & VAR is now ubiquitous. The ball hits the back of the net. There is no emotion.
— Poynton Zabaleta (@poyntonblues) April 18, 2019
VAR spoiling us of good football moments
— Vula Vala (@Bongz_Tshaba) April 18, 2019
VAR must look @goals from all possible angles Man City deserved to win but VAR let us down🙁
— Sokhelath3god (@sokhelath3god) April 18, 2019
Sterling : Yessss.. hattrick. To the semis.
VAR : pic.twitter.com/Gb0lwBVB4v
— 🔰 (@encikAlong) April 18, 2019
my whole week mood is being broke by VAR decisions🤕
— Edward (@PrinceSativa_) April 18, 2019
When VAR and UEFA referees ultimately cost us a place in the Champions League Semi Final. pic.twitter.com/iNcGJ0CdbB
— Axel 💙⚽ (@Axel73J) April 18, 2019