Fulham players and boss Marco Silva are left seething as Nathan Ake's goal is allowed to stand despite Manuel Akanji standing in an offside position and appearing to interfere with play
- Ake put Man City ahead in on the brink of half-time with a controversial goal
- The defender headed his side into the lead as Akanji was in an offside position
- A VAR check followed but did not overrule the on-the-field decision
The hosts were ahead as Julian Alvarez combined well with Erling Haaland before the Argentine finished.
Tim Ream pulled one back but Pep Guardiola's side were ahead in controversial fashion on the brink of half-time, with Nathan Ake heading home.
However, Manuel Akanji appeared to be standing in an offside position in front of goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Despite appeals from Silva and his players, the goal stood and the visitors went into the break seething at the referee and VAR officials.
Nathan Ake put Manchester City ahead in controversial fashion against Fulham
Marco Silva and his players were left seething after the goal stood despite a VAR check
This resulted in fans taking to social media to discuss their surprise with the decision to allow the goal to stand.
One user asked: 'How was that given? Guy clearly offside in front of the keeper takes a swing at the ball and puts the keeper off.'
This was supported by a Man City fan, who agreed that Akanji was clearly offside as he said: 'If you don’t think Akanji is affecting play, watch Leno’s feet and you’ll see him readjust after the ball goes past Akanji.
'Clear offside. Expect an apology from the PGMOL Monday.'
Another user simply said: 'That was offside, daylight robbery.'
User Ricky Zellefrow labelled the 'clearest offside in the history' as he admitted he 'should be disallowed.'
Another Manchester City fan admitted that he felt sorry for their opponents as he admitted: 'We’ve robbed a goal off Fulham there, I’d be furious if I were them.'
Fulham fan Hazza L called on the FA and Premier League to make up for their mistake as he wrote: 'That is a DISGRACE! WHAT IS THE POINT OF VAR!' as he tagged the governing bodies.
'Fine margins in a game and you allow that goal to be given. You can even see Leno hesitate because the guy that’s offside can alter the direction of the ball!'
Guardiola's side made it a comfortable victory in the end, but the goal on the brink of half time was the turning point for his City side.
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