Lack of VAR at Swansea surprises Guardiola after controversial Man City comeback

Heather Diaz
March 17, 2019

I don't like to win games when decisions are wrong.

Having secured a last-eight spot in the Champions League to go with their League Cup title, City made a strong start as they looked to continue their quest to become the first side to win all four major trophies in an English season.

City piled on the pressure in the second half and Bernardo Silva halved the deficit after 69 minutes before Aguero's penalty hit a post and rebounded off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt and then City snatched a late victor.

VAR cameras are installed at all Premier League grounds, so the facilities are used by the FA during their Cup games.

The VAR row overshadowed an excellent Swansea display which saw Graham Potter's side take a 2-0 half-time lead through Matt Grimes' penalty and a superb strike from former City player Bersant Celina.

"We spoke at halftime that we need one goal and after we score one goal the rest will be easier", City manager Pep Guardiola said.

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The Premier League leaders mounted a stunning recovery to overcome the daunting deficit after Sterling and Aguero entered the fray either side of the hour mark but the win was achieved in controversial circumstances with the equaliser and Aguero's victor hotly disputed.

The visitors upped the ante after the break and pulled one back through Bernardo Silva, before an Aguero penalty went in off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

"We try to play that way", Swansea manager Graham Potter said of the second goal.

Police match commander Supt Steve Jones said the safety of supporters, players, officials and those who work at these games was "paramount".

I don't like to lose games when the decisions are wrong but the referees don't want to make wrong decisions, but they must be helped.

"They ask all the clubs about the VAR and all around Europe, the VAR is there and here it's not". I don't like to win in that way.

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