Steven Gerrard tis below strain as Aston Villa supervisor (Photograph: Getty)
An out-of-form Villa aspect put up a courageous resistance in opposition to a dominant Metropolis staff that finally broke the impasse within the second-half because of the free-scoring Erling Haaland.
However to the shock of these inside Villa Park, the house aspect levelled proceedings via Leon Bailey within the closing levels of the match, earlier than holding on to assert a much-needed level.
Nonetheless, Gerrard’s staff had been aggrieved to not stroll away with all three, after Philippe Coutinho scored a stunner from outdoors the field, however solely after referee Simon Hooper had blown his whistle.
Hooper had stopped play as his linesman had flagged Coutinho offside within the build-up, nonetheless replays clearly confirmed that the attacking midfielder was actually onside.
Due to the introduction of VAR, linesman are supposed to delay flagging for offside within the eventuality that the play results in a purpose and so they have made the wrong name, however that process was not carried out on this occasion.
And since the referee blew his whistle earlier than Coutinho acquired his shot away, VAR couldn’t test the purpose and overturn the on-pitch officers.