Why Haaland furious with referee in Man City draw


Pep Guardiola said it would be fun.

Manchester City’s clash with Tottenham lived up to the pre-match hype after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Not that Erling Haaland was happy after referee Simon Hooper denied Jack Grealish the chance to score a stoppage-time winner for the defending English Premier League champions.

The Norway international reacted furiously when the whistle was blown for an earlier foul on him just as Grealish looked set to run through on goal. Haaland was booked for his response.

“He’s a little bit disappointed,” City manager Guardiola said afterwards. “Even the referee – if he played for Man City today, he would be disappointed with that action, that’s for sure.”

Haaland, had been brought down by Tottenham defender Emerson Royal as City went in search of a winner after Dejan Kulusevski’s 90th-minute equaliser. But as the forward regained his feet, Hooper appeared to gesture for play to carry on, with Haaland releasing Grealish with a pass.

The official then blew his whistle, much to the anger of the home fans and City’s players.

City had twice been ahead in the match and looked to have scored a winner when Grealish came off the bench to make it 3-2 in the 81st.

Kulusevski’s header earned Tottenham a point and consigned City to a third straight draw in the league, leaving them three points off league leaders Arsenal in third. Liverpool, who beat Fulham 4-3, are a point ahead of City in second place.

Liverpool haven’t lost at Anfield since being routed 5-2 by Real Madrid in the Champions League in February. But a run that now stretches to 19 games looked on the verge of being broken when Bobby De Cordova-Reid put Fulham 3-2 ahead in the 80th yesterday.

The visitors had twice come from behind, and De Cordova-Reid’s goal looked like ending Liverpool’s 100 per cent winning record at home this season.

That was until goals from Wataru Endo and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 87th and 88th minutes completed a dramatic 4-3 win.

Chelsea didn’t spend a British record of more than $130 million on Enzo Fernandez for his scoring prowess. But the Argentina international struck twice to secure a battling 3-2 win against Brighton to help them quickly put last week’s 4-1 rout by Newcastle behind.

Fernandez scored his first Premier League goal to put Chelsea ahead in the 17th and converted from the penalty spot for what turned out to be the winner.

Chelsea had to show resolve after going down to 10 men just before halftime when Conor Gallagher was sent off.

After four straight wins in all competitions, Aston Villa needed a 90th-minute equaliser to rescue a point at Bournemouth.

Ollie Watkins scored his 13th goal of the season as fourth-place Villa came from behind for a second time in the match to draw 2-2.