Christian Eriksen (center) of Tottenham Hotspur scores against Norwich City during the English Premier League football game in Carrow Road, Norwich, England, Saturday , December 28, 2019. (Joe Giddens / PA via AP)
MANCHESTER, England – In the Premier League, the video assistant referee lacked a festive mood on Saturday as three goals for an offside position were not scored, exacerbating the frustration of using the technology for the first time this season in England.
One day Manchester United advanced to fifth place with a 2-0 win at Burnley and West Ham, coach Manuel Pellegrini was released after a 1-2 home loss to Leicester over the upset about forensic geometry , which is used to make strict offside decisions – even if the right calls were ultimately made.
"If VAR had been a manager, he would have been released weeks ago," former English captain Gary Lineker tweeted to his 7.5 million supporters after Norwich striker Teemu Pukki blocked an offside goal that kept the VAR in an outside space London applies lines and dots on the screen to assess.
This happened hours after Brighton's defender, Dan Burn, was sidelined by the millimeter before scoring a 2-0 win over Bournemouth and Wilfried Zaha making the same bet against him – or rather his armpit – after positioning himself Max Meyer's "goal" for Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw in Southampton.
"This is nonsense and harms the spectacle," tweeted Arlo White, who calls NBC Games in the United States.
Narrow side talks and their microscopic assessment were the most controversial part of the VAR system introduced this season.
"They are small borders, but these are the rules that they apply. It is the process that they continue, either it is or it is not that, so there is not much that can be said," said palace manager Roy Hodgson .
“I was never the one to beat the drum for VAR. But if the mass media want it and the public wants it, you have to be mature enough to accept it again. "
The rotation was widespread on Saturday when the managers for most of the teams played a game in the middle of the next week in the middle of the next week, resources for a second game in a 48-hour period. Not for Pellegrini, whose 18-month term for West Ham is over.
LEICESTER SECOND STRING
Runner-up Leicester made nine changes to the West Ham game – Jamie Vardy, the league's top scorer, was one of the stars missing after his wife was born – but still had enough to play at the Pellegrinis Olympic Stadium last game to win game with the Hammers.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Demarai Gray scored a goal for Leicester, which Pablo Fornals equalized on both sides when the guests scored 10 points behind Liverpool after two more games.
After the game, West Ham announced that Pellegrini had been released. Chairpersons David Gold and David Sullivan said: "A change is needed to bring the club back in line with our ambitions this season."
West Ham is just a point and a place above the relegation zone.
United on the advance
Anthony Martial scored his third goal in two games to help Man United win 2-0 at Burnley. Ole Gunnar Solskjær's team climbed to fifth place, one point behind Chelsea.
United benefited from a defensive mistake by left-back Charlie Taylor when Andreas Pereira played in the 44th minute and scored a goal. The French striker also scored two goals in Thursday's win over Newcastle, scoring ten goals in all competitions this season.
Marcus Rashford added the second goal during the break deep into injury time.
Chelsea are playing United against Arsenal on Sunday.
PROBLEMS FOR MOURINHO
Jose Mourinho, known for coaching teams with well-organized defenses, has failed to clear Tottenham's error-prone line of defense.
Mistakes resulted in both goals from Norwich on Carrow Road, with goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga scoring a Mario Vrancic shot for the first and Serge Aurier a second goal.
Tottenham came twice from a free kick by Christian Eriksen and a penalty from Harry Kane from behind and is two points behind Chelsea's fourth place after playing one more game.
It's been two games and two wins for Carlo Ancelotti since he took over Everton.
The second win came in Newcastle, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring twice when Everton won 2-1.
Watford had defender Adrian Mariappa dismissed in the 57th minute and yet defeated Aston Villa 3-0 to move within three points of relegation from the relegation zone. Villa is in the penultimate place, two points ahead of Watford, and Norwich in the penultimate, three more points behind.
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