Raheem Sterling Scores For Manchester City Despite Being Offside In Controversial Moment
Manchester City opened the scoring against Watford in controversial fashion.
After a goalless first-half, Raheem Sterling bagged his side's first goal of the game a minute into the second-half via a stroke of luck.
Sterling was offside as Sergio Aguero chested the ball into his path with the Watford defender kicking the ball onto his leg, before going in.
As Sterling makes the run, he's interfering play and becomes active. Despite that, his goal stood.
Naturally, his goal was the talk of the game. Here's some reaction from Twitter:
Wow. What a moment of controversy. Raheem Sterling scores, but his goal is chalked off originally. Then the goal is awarded as the Watford defender, Janmaat, played the ball on to Sterling (who was offside) and then it deflects off him and into the net.
- Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) March 9, 2019
1-0 City. 2-0 City. Both for Sterling. First one controversial, hinging on interpretation of offside rule and when a player becomes active. I thought Sterling was offside but I'm sure I'm misinterpreting Rule 252c
- Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 9, 2019
Surely with Sterling attempting to play the ball then he becomes active regardless of whether the defender gets there first.
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 9, 2019
How does this goal count? Sterling clearly offside, interfering with the defender, therefore offside♂️
- Daniel Bachmann (@DBachmann1) March 9, 2019
Wrong decision! Referee gives Man City a goal that shouldn't have been. Can VAR come to the Premier League already? The officials surely need help. Aguero and Sterling were offside. #MCIWAT #PL
- Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) March 9, 2019
I can't get my head around that one, that's surely offside?! When Aguero played it to Sterling, Sterling was offside. Is it some kind of second phase of play because a defender touched it before Sterling? Did he even play it before Sterling did? Surely just offside?! Anyway, 1-0
- Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) March 9, 2019
Sterling was clearly offside; then the defender tackled the ball onto his leg, and it went in.
That...still seems like offside to me.
- Justin Bryant (@Keepers_Union) March 9, 2019
That's a disgrace. In microcosm that's why we need VAR. Sterling is offside by a mile.
- Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) March 9, 2019
I'm not sure that should be given. As soon as it hits Sterling, he's surely considered to be interfering with play? Because the defender doesn't need to make the interception if Sterling's offside.
- Chris Freelance (@schillingc) March 9, 2019
The England international then bagged two more goals to secure a stunning quick-fire hat-trick.
Though the confusion over his first goal will garner most of the headlines. What's your take? Let us know.