Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho scores first VAR goal in English football as Leicester beat Fleetwood
Kelechi Iheanacho became the first player to score a goal awarded by a video assistant referee in English football as Leicester beat Fleetwood in an FA Cup third-round replay.
Iheanacho opened the scoring – with a routine strike – from Islam Slimani’s pass.
The big talking point of the game came when the former Manchester City striker initially had a goal disallowed for offside from Riyad Mahrez’s through ball.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who missed the 0-0 draw in the initial tie, came on late on to face his former club, who are mid-table in League One.
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The video referee was consulted in both those games, but never used to reverse a decision.
So 16 January 2018 and the first VAR decision becomes a landmark date for English football, like the first substitute to come on or the first game to be played under floodlights.
Moss had briefly spoken to the video official when Iheanacho had an earlier goal ruled out because the ball had crossed the byeline before Demarai Gray crossed it.
He also had another chat when Leicester’s Vicente Iborra was pulled back in the box, but they decided not to award a penalty.
And he consulted him again after disallowing a second goal by the Nigerian for offside.
But this time Jones decided – correctly – that Pond was actually keeping him onside, a decision that was easily missed in real time by the officials.
Referee Moss would have had the choice to watch it again on a screen on the side of the pitch, had he wanted to – but he had the freedom to trust the video official.