FA CUP

Leicester’s Iheanacho scores first VAR goal in English football

The Foxes reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town.

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Leicester’s Iheanacho scores first VAR goal in English football
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Leicester City’s striker Kelechi Iheanacho became the first player in English football to be awarded a goal via a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision.

The 21-year-old Nigerian initially had a goal disallowed for offside in Leicester’s FA Cup match against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday.

However, referee Jonathan Moss asked for the decision to be reviewed; VAR clearly showed that the former Manchester City striker was onside.

The Foxes went on to win the match 2-0 and advanced to the FA Cup fourth round.

“I don’t know if I was onside,” Iheanacho

It took over a minute for the decision to be changed. Fleetwood’s Nathan Pond was evidently lined with Iheanacho.

“I didn’t know if I was onside or offside but I agree totally now that I was onside,” the Nigerian told BT Sport.

“I was concentrating on the goal, I didn’t think if I was onside or offside but Riyad (Mahrez) told me that I was onside. We just waited to see what the decision was.”

This is only the third time VAR has been trialed in English football. Previously it was used in Brighton v Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and Chelsea v Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, both in which VAR was never used to reverse a decision.

“It was a good thing for us,” Puel

Speaking to BT Sport, Leicester’s boss, Claude Puel, said the situation showed the importance of VAR.

“It was a good thing for us,” Puel said. 

“The video is not perfect because we should have had free-kicks for fouls on (Vicente) Iborra but for the goal it was good.”

However, Fleetwood Town’s coach, Uwe Rosler, has a different opinion about the technology usage.

“For me, can they really say he is onside for the second goal or are they guessing?

“VAR is not 100% clear because we still don’t see everything,” he said.