Swansea players protest to referee Andre Marriner over the penalty. Picture: Getty
Swansea players protest to referee Andre Marriner over the penalty. Picture: Getty

‘Why is VAR not here?’: Drama as City avoid shock loss

Manchester City's quest for a quadruple is still on thanks to a bit of luck and some help from the referee, but Manchester United has only one remaining chance for silverware after being dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

On a contrasting Saturday for the two rivals, City came from two goals down to defeat second-tier Swansea 3-2 in the quarterfinals while United went down 2-1 at Wolves.

Wolves held on to win a game it dominated, but Swansea couldn't protect its 2-0 lead against a City side that benefited from two refereeing mistakes.

City was incorrectly awarded a penalty that led to the equaliser before Sergio Aguero scored the winner from an offside position to end Swansea's hopes of pulling off a massive upset.

The penalty came when Cameron Carter-Vickers was adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling in the box, even though replays clearly showed he got the ball.

Aguero's spot kick then hit the post before the ball went in off the luckless Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

The Argentina striker then headed the winner in the 88th, however, replays showed he was offside when the cross was delivered, highlighting the absence of video reviews for the game. VAR was only in use at Premier League stadiums in the quarterfinals.

"If it's not a penalty, I'm sorry. If it's offside, I'm sorry," said Guardiola, who added he had not seen replays of either incident.

"Why is VAR not here? That's the question for the authorities."

Swansea manager Graham Potter refused to blame the referee.

"City had chances of course, you can't deny if you look at the game that they deserved to win," Potter said. "But for the players, it's disappointing to lose goals in that manner. That's life, referees make mistakes as well."

The win kept coach Pep Guardiola on track for a possible four titles, with City having already won the League Cup, leads the way in the Premier League and is into the Champions League quarterfinals.

In the other quarter-finals Watford defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 and Wolves beat Manchester United 2-1.