Manchester City made no mistake on Saturday in the first round of the new Premier League season. The defending champion won, thanks in part to a hat trick from Raheem Sterling, 0-5 visiting West Ham United.
In addition to Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Agüero scored on behalf of City, which also had the scoop to be the first club to see a goal rejected by the VAR in the Premier League.
The team of manager Josep Guardiola started just like Liverpool with a victory. The team of Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum already won 4-1 on Friday against Norwich City, which means that the 'Citizens' take over the lead on goal.
Last season, City and Liverpool were embroiled in a fierce title fight in England. It was finally decided on one point in favor of the club from Manchester, which thereby won the sixth national title in its history.
For the first time in the history of the Premier League, a goal was rejected after intervention by the VAR. (Photo: Pro Shots)
VAR makes its mark on the competition
The Premier League has had the VAR at its disposal since this season and it immediately became apparent in this competition. First, a goal from Jesus was rejected because declarant Sterling was offside with a few millimeters off his shoulder.
Sterling was awarded his second goal twenty minutes before the end, after the video assistant had determined that he was not offside this time after a lob by Riyad Mahrez.
In the final phase, substitute Agüero was allowed to take over a penalty, because the VAR had seen that Declan Rice had come in too early. The first bet of the Argentinian was stopped by Lukasz Fabianski, the second attempt was successful.
Later in the Premier League, Bournemouth-Sheffield United, Burnley-Southampton, Crystal Palace-Everton, Watford-Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur-Aston Villa will be played in the Premier League.
View the Premier League results, standings and program here.