First VAR goal in English football scored by Kelechi Iheanacho

ShareClose Comments
The Leicester forward completed a brace in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood Town thanks to a VAR call - an English football first

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho became the first player in English football to have a goal awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) system on Tuesday.

The much-debated technology, which has been tested at FIFA events and used in Serie A and the Bundesliga this season, made its English debut through trials in the FA Cup and EFL Cup semi-finals this month.

Former Manchester City youngster Iheanacho had already given Leicester the lead in their third-round replay against League One Fleetwood Town and had a second disallowed for offside.

The Nigeria international then latched on to a Riyad Mahrez pass and finished, only to see his celebrations curtailed by the official's flag once more.

However, a review of the goal via VAR clearly showed Iheanacho was onside when Mahrez played him in – ensuring Leicester were 2-0 up and on the way into round four, while their 21-year-old forward will be the answer to a trivia question for years to come.

The Foxes take on Watford on Saturday as they return to Premier League action. 

Next article:
Nigeria not afraid of Argentina, says Shehu Abdullahi
Next article:
Ajax admits 'inadequate' Abdelhak Nouri medical treatment after on-field heart attack
Next article:
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Madrid and Barcelona to clash over Thiago
Next article:
Liverpool star Salah apologises to Egypt fans after World Cup disappointment
Next article:
Shaqiri & Xhaka escape World Cup bans but hit with FIFA fines for Swiss goal celebrations
Close