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Published: 0201 GMT August 10, 2019

City thrashes West Ham in VAR-dominated game

City thrashes West Ham in VAR-dominated game

Raheem Sterling (C) lifts the ball over West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski to score his second and Manchester City’s third goal during a 5-0 victory at London Stadium, London, Britain, on August 10, 2019.

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City got its title defense off to a winning start with victory at West Ham in a game that saw the video assistant referee (VAR) play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League.

The technology is making its debut in England's top flight this season and, after Friday night's curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took center stage on Saturday, BBC Sport reported.

VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem Sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the buildup.

After Sterling added City's third, a moment also reviewed for possible offside, the system then awarded the visitor a penalty retake after Sergio Aguero's tame effort was saved by Lukas Fabianski but Declan Rice was deemed to have encroached into the area.

The striker made no mistake at the second attempt.

This was, nevertheless, a dominant and deserved victory for Pep Guardiola's side, which laid down a marker for the season ahead in emphatic fashion.

The visitor had looked a little short of its best early on but it took the lead midway through the first half when Jesus flicked in Kyle Walker's low ball into the box.

The Citizens doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half, Sterling sliding in a low shot after being put through by Kevin de Bruyne.

After Jesus' VAR-denied effort, a third did come for City as Sterling ran on to a ball over the defense before coolly lobbing Fabianski. And after Aguero's retaken penalty, Sterling got his third in injury time to complete the rout.






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