MANCHESTER, August 18 – Manchester City was held home yesterday in a controversial 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, allowing Premier League title rivals Liverpool, who won 2-1 in Southampton, to gain an early two-point advantage.
Only one point separated the two games at the end of last season, with City winning their last nine home games, but their first outing of this Etihad campaign ended in a draw after a VAR evaluation had wiped out Gabriel Jesus' injury time.
The Brazilian rode what looked like the winner, but, as City celebrated, VAR officials saw a handball through city defender Aymeric Laporte before Jesus hit home.
The incident had echoes from City & # 39; s Champions League exit to Spurs in April, when they also had a decisive late target that was excluded by VAR.
"It was deja vu, deja vu," said city councilor Pep Guardiola, unhappy with what he saw as inconsistency in the use of the video system.
City took the lead in the 20th minute through a Raheem Sterling header, but three minutes later Erik Lamela brought Spurs back to a higher level.
Sergio Aguero recovered the City lead 10 minutes before half-time, with the excellent Kevin De Bruyne again the provider with a low ball.
Mauricio Pochettino made an inspired Spurs replacement when he sent Lucas Moura in the second half and scored the Brazilian with his first touch and defeated Kyle Walker to go into a Lamela corner.
But despite an excellent match, the game will inevitably be remembered for the late destruction of the purpose of Jesus.
Meanwhile, a nervous Liverpool made two victories of two when Sadio Mane scored against his former club.
The side of Juergen Klopp, who had been in action in Istanbul on Wednesday when they defeated Chelsea in Uefa's Super Cup, struggled to get started at St Mary's, but produced a moment of quality at the right moment, Mane brilliantly gave them the lead on the stroke of calm.
Mane & # 39; s 20th goal in all competitions in 2019 established Liverpool, which had greatly improved after the break, with Roberto Firmino making two after making use of a defensive foul by Saints.
The late goal of Danny Ings against his former club was only consolation for Southampton, as Liverpool made 11 consecutive Premier League wins, equal to their best winning series in the league.
“After we scored the first goal, it was easier for us. I'm sorry it's against my old team and I'm sorry to score, but I'm wearing a Liverpool shirt now, "Mane said.
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Previously, Arsenal also achieved a record of 100 percent, but worked hard to improve a determined Burnley side in the Emirates, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's seventh goal in four games against Burnley and Arsenal won a 2-1 win.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery gave the first start to new acquisitions David Luiz and Dani Ceballos, with the latter immediately involved, and founding Alexandre Lacazette for the opener of Arsenal.
Burnley, however, was close to halftime by Ashley Barnes, who scored his third goal of the season up close.
After the break, Ceballos continued to stand out by setting Aubameyang for his outstanding winner in a match in which Burnley scored more goals.
"At many times we could not impose our game plan because they were pushing and their game plan was a struggle for us," said Emery.
The top scorer of last season's championship, Teemu Pukki, brought his Premier League count to four with a hat trick to give Premier League-new boys Norwich a 3-1 win over Newcastle United.
Everton was far from their best against manager Watford, the former side of manager Marco Silva, but the first home game goal of the Brazilian Bernard was enough for the hosts to achieve the 1-0 win.
Aston conceded within 40 seconds put Aston Villa on the back foot against Bournemouth, converting Josh King, before Harry Wilson put the visitors ahead 2-0.
Villa, who also lost their opening match, accumulated in the second half, but the 30-meter stunner from Douglas Luiz was all they could collect as an answer. – Reuters