VAR Controversy Decorates the Second Week of the English Premier League
English Premier League 2019/20 has entered its second week.
Many surprises happened. The top teams are struggling to win, others fail to get full points.
The second week begins with the match between Arsenal and Burnley. Arsenal managed to win with a thin score of 2-1. Alexander Lacazette’s goal was answered by Ashley Barnes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal ensured Arsenal won both full points both.
Arsenal’s victory at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (08/17) was not separated from the large contribution of loan players from Real Madrid, Dani Ceballos. The Spanish midfielder is a top scorer for Lacazette and Aubameyang goals. Lacazette’s goal came from his corner, while Aubameyang’s goal came from Ceballos’ success in getting the ball from Burnley.
At Carrow Road, the home side, Norwich City, won their inaugural victory in the Premier League this season by beating Newcastle United. The Finnish striker, Teemu Pukki, became the protagonist by buying up three goals from The Canaries . Jonjoe Shelvey minimized the defeat so that Norwich won with a score of 3-1.
The first victory was also won by Bournemouth who in the first week were matched by Sheffield United, beating Aston Villa (2-1). In addition, this match is decorated with two beautiful goals from outside the penalty box: Harry Wilson’s 12th minute goal and Douglas Luiz’s 71st minute goal. Especially for Douglas’s goal, it is quite possible that the goal of a player who was recently bought from Manchester City will be a candidate for the Puskas Award or award for the best goal. Before Wilson’s goal, Bournemouth opened the scoring through Joshua King’s penalty.
Elsewhere Liverpool won their second win. But unlike when facing Norwich City who were able to win a landslide victory, facing Southampton in this second week the Reds struggled enough to win full points. Liverpool only scored the first goal through Sadio Mane in the first half injury time, the second goal was scored by Roberto Firmino to score the second goal in the 71st minute.
Liverpool failed to win the ball in this match after the Reds goalkeeper , Adrian San Miguel, made a blunder in the 83rd minute. The goalkeeper who had become a hero in the European Super Cup against Chelsea accidentally passed on to Southampton striker Danny Ings, who was in the penalty box.
Inversely proportional to Liverpool, Chelsea again failed to win. If in the first week beaten 0-4 from Manchester United, this time Chelsea were held to draw Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. Wilfred Ndidi, who made a mistake led to Mason Mount’s goal early in the first half, saving Leicester City from defeat through his goal in the 67th minute.
But what was most talked about during the second week was Video Assistant Referee (VAR). In the Manchester City match against Tottenham Hotspur, when the score was 2-2 and the match was nearing its end, Gabriel Jesus managed to score a goal utilizing the chaos in the penalty box. However, the goal was disallowed by the referee. VAR declares the ball in front of the Aymeric Laporte hand before the goal occurs.
VAR also thwarted Leandro Trossard’s goal in the Brighton & Hove Albion match against West Ham United.
In the 27th minute, Brighton was declared superior after Trossard used Dan Burn’s cross. But when Trossard and his teammates were celebrating a goal, the match referee overturned the decision after VAR caught that Burn was in an offside position before giving asses to Trossard.
Even so, Trossard still scored in this fight. He scored in the 65th minute, four minutes after West Ham United took the lead through Javier Hernandez’s goal. This match ended with a 1-1 draw.
The same score also occurred in the last match of the second week between Wolverhampton Wanderers against Manchester United. United took the lead through Anthony Martial’s goal. But a shot from outside the penalty box Ruben Neves made United failed to win. United had a chance to win when they got a penalty, but Paul Pogba, who was the executor, failed.
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth
Brighton 1-1 West Ham United
Everton 1-0 Watford
Norwich City 3-1 Newcastle United
Southampton 1-2 Liverpool
Man City 2-2 Tottenham
Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City
Wolves 1-1 Man United