Report: Manchester City 2-2 Spurs

first_imgManchester City were denied a last-gasp winner by VAR as Lucas Moura’s goal secured a 2-2 draw for Tottenham, ending the Premier League champions’ winning run.Lucas scored 19 seconds after coming on from the bench to level things up at 2-2, but Gabriel Jesus thought he had settled Saturday’s thriller in stoppage time. In scenes reminiscent of April’s Champions League epic, however, City were denied a 16th straight league win when VAR spotted a handball by Aymeric Laporte. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream City had hit the front through Raheem Sterling, with Sergio Aguero nudging the home side back ahead after Erik Lamela’s equaliser.And, with Bernardo Silva having hit the crossbar and Danny Rose making a goal-line clearance, City’s misery was compounded when Jesus’ would-be winner was chalked off.FULL-TIME | No stoppage time glory for @gabrieljesus33 whose goal is chalked off by the VAR meaning it ends all-square on another drama-packed evening the Etihad.2-2 #MCITOT #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 17, 2019After City were denied what appeared to be a blatant penalty despite a VAR check when Lamela tangled with Rodri, Spurs fell behind as Sterling headed in from Kevin De Bruyne’s exquisite first-time cross.But, just like in their Champions League meeting in April when Spurs went through on away goals, City were swiftly pegged back as Lamela capitalised on slack defending to curl in from 20 yards.Pep Guardiola’s relentless side took it in their stride, though, and more De Bruyne magic saw the hosts retake the lead when he supplied another supreme cross, Aguero benefitting this time.Hugo Lloris reacted sharply to keep out Oleksandr Zinchenko’s deflected strike after the restart, before Aguero and Silva passed up great chances.Lucas showed no such profligacy, powering home a fantastic header with his first touch to make it 2-2.19 – Lucas Moura’s goal came just 19 seconds after he came on as a substitute; as well as this, Tottenham scored with both of their first two shots of this match. Grab. #MCITOT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 17, 2019The woodwork sparred Lloris’ blushes after his error resulted in Silva getting an attempt off, with Rose hooking clear from the line.Spurs’ resistance appeared to have ended when Jesus slammed home following a corner, only for VAR to deny City once again as the ball struck Laporte’s arm en route to reaching his team-mate. What does it mean? VAR haunts City againHistory repeated itself on Saturday in the latest meeting between these two.Four months ago Sterling thought he had sent City into the Champions League semi-finals only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR due to offside. It’s fair to say that City supporters will not be the biggest fans of the system.Formidable De Bruyne hitting his strideDe Bruyne, who also starred for City in the second leg of the Champions League clash last term, was in inspired form on Saturday, and while his first assist was a thing of beauty, the Belgian’s second – for Aguero – displayed his unerring ability to find space where there appeared to be none.Walker-Peters run raggedTottenham did not replace Kieran Trippier in the transfer window, meaning Kyle Walker-Peters has been instilled as first-choice right-back while Serge Aurier remains out of favour.The youngster had a rough time of it up against Sterling, though, as evidenced when the England forward stole a march on his marker for City’s opener, and Spurs’ defender never seemed to recover from that mistake.Key Opta Facts- Manchester City failed to win a Premier League game for the first time in 16 matches, since losing 2-1 to Newcastle United in January 2019.- Tottenham are without a win in seven away league games (D1 L6) for the first time since a run of eight matches without a victory ending in April 2012 (D4 L4).- City mustered 30 shots in the game, the most Tottenham have faced in a Premier League fixture since November 2011 (31 v Fulham).- Sterling has scored in four consecutive club appearances in all competitions for the first time in his career, netting seven goals in those four games.- De Bruyne has registered three assists in his two Premier League games this season, one more than he managed in the whole of the last campaign.What’s next?A trip to Bournemouth comes next for City, while Tottenham host Newcastle United, who are still without a point under Steve Bruce. read morelast_img read more

Football Urban Meyer investigation wrapping up after weekslong saga

Urban Meyer watches the Buckeyes from the sideline in the second quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State football team could be headed toward another dominant season in 2018. But who will lead the talented team onto the field in its season opener as head coach is anyone’s guess.On Aug. 1, head coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave while the university began to investigate his knowledge about the reported abuse former assistant coach Zach Smith was involved in against his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Smith was fired from Ohio State on July 23 due to allegations stemming from incidents in 2009, when he was on staff with Meyer at Florida, and another in 2015 when the pair were at Ohio State. At Big Ten Media Days on July 24, Meyer said he was aware of the 2009 incident and had decided to not fire Smith because police did not find sufficient evidence to charge, but was not aware of the incident in 2015.“I can’t say it didn’t happen because I wasn’t there. I was never told about anything,” Meyer said, referencing the 2015 incident. “The first I heard about that was last night.”It was later reported Meyer knew about the 2015 incident, something Meyer later acknowledged in a statement in which he said he followed the “proper reporting protocols.” Zach Smith later said athletic director Gene Smith also knew of the allegations when he was told by police. This led to Meyer being placed on paid administrative leave, and the university beginning its investigation of the head coach.On Monday, Ohio State announced that the Board of Trustees will be meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the findings of its 14-day investigation of Meyer. Matthew Mitten, a professor of law and the executive director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School, said an investigation by the university is important and has to be done right, especially since charges were never pressed against Smith.“The university does not have police powers. They’re not experts in investigation,” Mitten said. “What they’ve done is they’ve hired an independent law firm out of New York to investigate everything that went on. But that investigative group, they don’t have the power to require people to testify or give a statement.”Lucas Sullivan of The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday the likely recommendation for Meyer is a suspension, which could be a “time served” punishment due to him being placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1. Conducting a thorough investigation can be hard in a day and age where many wanted an announcement last week firing Meyer, while an equally vocal crowd wanted an announcement last week protecting his job.Part of the university’s job will be handling public pressure while seeing the process through.“You’ve got really substantial public interest and 24/7 social media,” Mitten said. “We saw this with the NFL, and we’ve certainly seen it with college teams, they’re basically trying to protect the reputation of their brand, and with the university it’s not just the athletic department it’s also everything else, the primary mission of the university is academics. They’ve got to hold themselves a high standard, as I think Ohio State is doing that.”In Meyer’s absence, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named acting head coach and has been running fall camp while the Buckeyes prepare for the season opener. With less than two weeks before the season begins against Oregon State, the AP poll took notice of the national headlines that Ohio State has made in the last month. In the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released on Aug. 2, just one day after Meyer was placed on paid leave, Ohio State was named as the No. 3 team in the nation and earned one first place vote behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson. Instead, Ohio State is not the first Big Ten team ranked by AP, with Wisconsin being placed as the No. 4 team and earning one first-place vote in the preseason poll. The national polls indicate, despite the instability at the head coaching position going into the season, that the talent Meyer has accumulated in his time as head coach will keep Ohio State at the level of success it was expected to have. However, without knowing if or when Meyer will be back, the long-term results are still to be seen. read more