Raheem Sterling joked that he was “happy to improve my VAR overruled goals record” after his latest effort was chalked out in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Chelsea .
Sterling thought he made the game safe for City when he poked home in injury time at the Etihad amid Chelsea’s efforts to earn a last-ditch equaliser.
But the effort was disallowed after VAR ruled that Sterling was offside when the ball was headed forward to him.
The ruling was by the narrowest of margins, with TV replays showing Sterling may actually have been level.
Sterling afterwards tweeted about his disallowed effort, joking that he was “cursed” by VAR.
The 24-year-old wrote: “Happy to improve my VAR overruled goals record today again. Damn this thing gonna kill me bro #cursed.”
Sterling also had a goal disallowed in City’s 5-0 win over West Ham on the opening day of the Premier League season.
But much more crucially, he also had one chalked off during City’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Tottenham last season.
City held on for the victory on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez after N’Golo Kante had fired Chelsea ahead.
And Roy Keane said Pep Guardiola’s team had “responded like champions” to going behind in the first half.
” Manchester City responded like champions today,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
“They weren’t quite at their best but they punished Chelsea for their mistakes and they deserved to win. We saw the quality they have, even with their problems.”
Beating Chelsea was the perfect way for City to respond after losing to Liverpool to fall nine points behind the Premier League leaders just before the international break.
And Keane said: “Pep would’ve wanted a reaction from the game a couple of weeks ago.
“They’ve got quality and vast experience and a brilliant coach.
“I still think he’s hurt by that game, there was always going to be a reaction and when they got the equaliser there was no doubt for me they were going to go on and win.”