While City deserved the victory, there was one major flashpoint, particularly for other teams chasing the title.
With the match neatly poised at 1-1 and half-time approaching, City took the lead in controversial circumstances.
Not marginally offside, or even level as some TV commentators initially tried to claim - no, Silva was a good three yards past the last defender:
Indeed, Dzeko was level when he backheeled the ball to Silva, so a basic understanding of the rules should have made it clear to the officials.
The only excuse for the lino was that the move happened at such pace that either he failed to track the run of Silva, or failed to see Dzeko's touch, instead thinking he had stepped over the ball.
Saints defender Dejan Lovren was perplexed:
— Dejan Lovren (@DejanLovren05) April 5, 2014
Even City fans agreed:
— Ste Sully (@ste_sully) April 5, 2014
It was a fine team goal, but it should not have stood. And if City win against Liverpool next Sunday, don't expect this to be the end of the discussion.
David Silva was at least 6000 yards offside there. Absolute joke. — Matthew Ordish (@AnfieldMatt) April 5, 2014
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