First VAR goal in English football scored by Kelechi Iheanacho

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The England forward broke a Premier League record in 2015 after scoring 11 consecutive games and the 22-year-old is inspired by the feat

Kelechi Iheanacho motivated by Leicester City teammate Jamie Vardy

The England forward broke a Premier League record in 2015 after scoring 11 consecutive games and the 22-year-old is inspired by the feat

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.

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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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