Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho becomes the first Player ever to score a Video assistant referee, (VAR), goal in English Football, as his team Leicester City beat Fleetwood FC, 2-0, in the 3rd Round replay of the English FA Cup, at the King Power stadium.
VAR was used for the first time to overturn a decision, Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the goal which was first deemed offside but reversed after video assistance.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored the two goals in the 2-0 win, but the history making VAR milestone came from the second goal – shown in our video.
just before half-time Kelechi Iheanacho brilliantly flicked a hooked Islam Slimani pass with the outside of his left boot and slotted the ball under Chris Neal for his first goal of the night.
On the 78th minute at the King Power stadium, the Nigerian was put through on goal thanks to a lovely pass by Riyad Mahrez.
The former Manchester City striker – who timed his run perfectly between Fleetwood’s defenders – latched onto the ball and chipped it over the goalkeeper, only for the linesman to raise his offside flag.
The referee then did that funny little square sign thing and the VAR was consulted – and the lineman’s decision was overruled.
As you can see, the Leicester man’s back foot was level with defender Nathan Pond.
It’s onside, but by the finest margin – and you’ve gotta feel a little bad for the assistant, as it was such a tight call.
What’s particularly interesting is that referee John Moss didn’t even have to view the replay, as the decision was made for him by the video assistant.
Leicester go through to face Peterborough in the fourth round.