Man City's Joao Cancelo scores controversial first Prem goal as West Brom stars STOP PLAYING after offside flag

JOAO CANCELO scored his first Premier League goal in fine fashion – but only after some controversy.

With Manchester City 1-0 up away at West Brom thanks to a Ilkay Gundogan opener, there broke down the right wing.


As Bernardo Silva cut in and laid it off to Cancelo, he did so with assistant ref Sian Massey-Ellis raising her flag.

And while West Brom players stopped playing, Cancelo carried on and lofted the ball over keeper Sam Johnstone from the 18-yard box.

Baggies players soon contested the decision as it went to VAR, where replays revealed Silva was onside before his assist.

The goal was soon confirmed but too much uproar from West Brom.

When an immediate goalscoring opportunity is likely to occur, assistant refs are told to keep their flag down if they think there is an offside until the passage of play is completed.

Once a goal is scored or the chance is gone, the assistant should raise their flag to indicate the initial offence.

But on this occasion, Massey-Ellis made the call early on, but play resumed, leading to the goal.

Things went from bad to worse for West Brom, as Gundogan doubled his money ten minutes later on the half hour mark.

City, who move to top of the table with a win, then made it four before half-time.

Riyad Mahrez sent Pep Guardiola's men 4-0 up at the break.

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