Kai Havertz scored the late winner as big-spending Chelsea fought back for a controversial 2-1 win against West Ham, while Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw after Leon Bailey snatched a late equaliser for struggling Aston Villa on Saturday.
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West Ham manager David Moyes said he felt “embarrassed” for VAR official Jarred Gillett following a controversial finish to his team’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Moyes, who labelled it a “scandalous decision”, was involved in a furious confrontation with referee Andy Madley at the end of the match after the Hammers were denied a late equaliser when Maxwel Cornet had a goal disallowed by VAR.
Madley gave the goal, having no issues regarding Jarrod Bowen’s contact with Edouard Mendy after the Chelsea ‘keeper spilled the ball.
VAR, however, instructed Madley to review the incident on the pitchside monitors and the goal was chalked off.
An angry Moyes gave vent to his feelings during a post-match news conference following a London derby where Michail Antonio’s opener just after the hour mark was cancelled out by Chelsea substitute Ben Chilwell’s equaliser before Kai Havertz won the game for the Blues two minutes from time.
The Scottish boss insisted he had “lost faith” in “weak” Premier League refereeing standards after the “absolutely rotten decision”.
Reflecting on Cornet’s disallowed goal, Moyes said: “The goalkeeper comes to take it, and actually fumbles it out of his hands five or six yards, so he could never recover it.
“Then he acted as if he had a shoulder injury. I’m amazed that VAR sent the referee for him to see it … It was a ridiculously bad decision.
“I’d question VAR today as much as the referee. But the referee should have stuck to his own guns today.
“There’s no excuse for VAR today, there is no excuse for that to be a goal, none whatsoever. The sad thing is this is the level of the weak refereeing at the moment.” He added: “Look, ultimately, I make loads of mistakes, referees can make loads of mistakes. But I would hope if the referee made a mistake that’s why it’s corrected by VAR.
“But if you’re saying today that the referee’s mistake was corrected by VAR, I’m saying I do not see that in a million years.
“And I’m actually more embarrassed for the guy who did the VAR than I am even for the referee.” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, unsurprisingly, took a different view. “It (VAR) obviously went in our favour today, and there’s a reason I think it went in our favour: it’s my opinion, and I don’t know if everyone shares the opinion, that it’s very clear it’s a foul,” said the Blues boss.
Erling Haaland has been remarkably prolific since his £51 million move from Borussia Dortmund in the close season and he struck again in the second half at Villa Park.
The Norway striker’s 10th goal in his first six Premier League games gave him a share of the record with Micky Quinn, who hit the same tally for Coventry in 1992.
But Pep Guardiola’s side were punished for failing to build on their lead as Bailey’s blistering finish left the champions frustrated.
In the goalless Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, there was more VAR intrigue as Conor Coady thought he had put Everton ahead against Liverpool with a close-range finish from Neal Maupay’s shot in the second half.
But Coady’s goal was correctly disallowed for offside after a VAR check. There could easily have been goals aplenty but for a man of the match display from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford and some fine stops from his Liverpool counterpart Alisson Becker.
“Wow, what can you do? It was a great derby, super intense, with a lot of really spectacular saves,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.
“We hit the post three times and Pickford made so many saves.” Everton are now without a victory in their first six games this term, while Liverpool’s momentum was checked after winning their previous two matches.
Unbeaten Tottenham made it four wins from six games with a 2-1 victory against Fulham in north London.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg broke the deadlock for Tottenham in the 40th minute, sweeping home from Richarlison’s pass.
Harry Kane increased Tottenham’s lead in the 74th minute from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross to become the third highest goal-scorer in Premier League history, with 188 goals taking him past Andy Cole.
Only Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208) are now above Kane in the scoring chart.
Kane’s goal also moved him level with Thierry Henry’s tally of 43 in Premier League London derbies.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic curled home in the 82nd minute, but Tottenham held firm.
Managerless Bournemouth came back from two goals down to win 3-2 in a thriller at Nottingham Forest.
Ivan Toney scored a hat-trick as Brentford beat Leeds 5-2 at the Community Stadium.
Daniel Podence scored as Wolves beat Southampton 1-0 at Molineux for their first league victory this season.
Newcastle and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 at St James’ Park.
Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Tottenham 2-1 Fulham
Nottingham Forest 2-3 Bournemouth
Chelsea 2-1 West Ham United
Brentford 5-2 Leeds United
Wolves 1-0 Southampton
Newcastle United 0-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester City