Tottenham Hotspur star James Maddison found himself at the center of a VAR controversy during his side’s nail-biting encounter against Crystal Palace.
The game, which took place on Monday night, was crucial for Spurs’ aspirations to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
The first half of the match was a relatively quiet affair, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut opportunities. However, the second half proved to be much more eventful.
Maddison played a pivotal role in breaking the deadlock, delivering a cross that deflected off Palace’s Joel Ward for an own goal.
The Welsh international found space in the box and received a pass from Maddison, which he then squared to Son Heung-min for a simple finish.
It seemed like Tottenham was cruising towards a comfortable victory, but Crystal Palace refused to go down without a fight.
They managed to pull a goal back in stoppage time, courtesy of Jordan Ayew’s volley that looped over Guglielmo Vicario into the net.
However, the goal was subject to a VAR review due to a potential handball by Ayew, who appeared to clip the ball with his arm before taking the shot.
Maddison, who had been instrumental in Tottenham’s performance, made his feelings clear about the VAR decision.
The England international was visibly frustrated as he argued with the officials over the controversial call.
Despite the late drama, Tottenham held on to secure a crucial victory that keeps them at the summit of the Premier League table.
The win also provided a significant boost to their title aspirations, as they aim to maintain their position at the top in the coming weeks.
Maddison’s performance, coupled with his outspoken stance on the VAR decision, highlights his importance to the team and his desire to see Spurs succeed.
The former Leicester City playmaker has been in fine form this season, and his contributions will be crucial as Tottenham look to maintain their momentum in the title race.