First VAR goal in English football scored by Kelechi Iheanacho

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The Foxes will be without the 31-year-old when they face the Saints and the Nigeria international has been charged to deliver

Leicester boss Puel urges Kelechi Iheanacho to brace up in Jamie Vardy’s absence

The Foxes will be without the 31-year-old when they face the Saints and the Nigeria international has been charged to deliver

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. 

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