BORUSSIA DORTMUND were left furious after Jude Bellingham saw a crucial goal ruled out at the Etihad.
Injured Dortmund star Jadon Sancho tweeted “This ref needs checking!” after the controversial moment when the Germans thought they had cancelled out Kevin de Bruyne’s opener.
Goalkeeper Ederson miscontrolled a through ball – and saw Bellingham nip in to steal from him in midair.
The English prodigy, 17, was sure he had equalised after walking the ball into an empty net.
But with Ederson throwing himself to the floor after the challenge, Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan blew the whistle for a free-kick.
And because the whistle had blown BEFORE the ball crossed the line, the VAR was not allowed to get involved with the decision.
Bellingham was shown a yellow card in the furore after the goal, although it is unclear if he was booked for a high foot or dissent.
Watching England winger Sancho – who is missing because of injury – summed up the feelings of many viewers on social media with hsi tweet.
He tweeted: “This Ref needs checking!”
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