Manchester City reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a dramatic comeback win against Swansea, but the absence of the Video Assistant Referee was one of the big talking points after the match.
Having trailed 2-0 at half-time, City pulled a goal back through Bernardo Silva and then levelled from the penalty spot after Sergio Aguero’s penalty deflected in off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Swansea were aggrieved at the awarding of the penalty as Cameron Carter-Vickers appeared to win the ball rather than foul Raheem Sterling. And there was further controversy with City’s winner as Aguero headed in from an offside position in the 88th minute.
VAR is in use during the FA Cup, but only at Premier League grounds, meaning neither decision was able to be reviewed.
We look back at the incidents and how they would have been impacted if VAR was in use, and what was said about the decisions and lack of VAR…
It’s impossible to say for certain with City’s penalty call, but it would have overturned the winner, which Aguero clearly scored from an offside position.
City’s penalty was awarded when Sterling nudged the ball past Carter-Vickers, who slid and appeared to win the ball as Sterling went to ground.
Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and, after Swansea players protested the decisions, Aguero converted the penalty, albeit with some good fortune as it hit goalkeeper Nordfeldt and went into the net.
Aguero then scored the winner as he stooped to head in from Bernardo Silva’s cross.
While it was a fine finish from Aguero, replays show he was in an offside position and if VAR was in use then the goal should have been ruled out.