VAR in the Premier League: Man City decisions explained

VAR in the Premier League: Man City decisions explained

VAR in the Premier League: Man City decisions explained

The Premier League champions romped to a 5-0 win over the Hammers at the London Stadium and got their league title defence off to a wonderful start.

Aguero's initial penalty was saved by Fabianski but the VAR spotted that Declan Rice entered the box before Fabianski made the save and a retake was ordered.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is adamant that his side can still improve following their 5-0 win over West Ham on the opening day of the season.

City thought they had a third after a well-worked move involving Sterling and David Silva, which was finished off by Jesus - only for referee Mike Dean to disallow the goal for offside following a consultation with VAR in the first season where the technology is present in the Premier League. Aguero went up again for the retake and made no mistake at the second time of asking to make it 4-0.

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West Ham had a poor start to their league campaign past year as well, but they recovered and managed to finish in the top half of the league table.

However, the Spaniard will be unable to call upon Leroy Sane, who was forced off in the first half of City's Community Shield triumph against the Reds last week with an ACL injury. "The rhythm was not there but that's normal for the first game". He slotted his first from Kevin De Bruyne's pass, lobbed a second and slid home a third in stoppage time as the champions cruised to their handsome win. "It's 15 now unbeaten so it's good". The Belgian charged forward and fed the marauding Sterling to his left by giving the England worldwide the simplest of chances to open his account for the season. Abdoulaye Doucoure's own goal gave the visitors a half-time lead before Florin Andone and Neil Maupay on his debut sealed a highly impressive three points for a Brighton side that narrowly escaped relegation last season.

Burnley also won 3-0 at home to Southampton, Ashley Barnes with two goals and Johann Berg Gudmundsson the other.

- When does the transfer window close? Chris Mepham put the Cherries in front just after the hour mark on the south coast, but Billy Sharp's strike two minutes from time salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Blades.

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