Kelechi Iheanacho Has Made English Football History Twice In The Past Nine Months
Kelechi Iheanacho is definitely going to be an answer in pub quizzes years down the line, having made English football history twice in the space of nine months.
The Nigerian scored twice to send Leicester into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town at the King Power Stadium, and his second goal was historic as he became the first player to have a goal given with the help of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
76' - Iheanacho goal disallowed :x:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 16, 2018
78' - VAR correctly gives goal :soccer:
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History made as Kelechi Iheanacho becomes the first player to be awarded a goal by VAR in British football! pic.twitter.com/KXsRbVdFou
After being played through by Riyad Mahrez, the 21-year old dinked the ball into the net but was initially flagged offside by the linesman.
However, referee Jon Moss consulted VAR and replays showed Iheanacho was actually onside - though it was an incredibly close call.
He waited around a minute to confer with video official Mike Jones and then awarded the goal.
Speaking about the goal in a post-match interview to BT Sport, Iheanacho said:
"I didn't know if I was onside or offside but I agree totally now that I was onside.
"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."
It's the second time in nine months that Iheanacho has been a history-maker in the FA Cup.
On 23 April, Iheanacho became the first ever fourth substitute in English football when he was sent on in extra time by Pep Guardiola against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
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Raheem Sterling, Fernando and Fabian Delph had all entered the fray but the introduction of the fourth sub in the competition meant Iheanacho came on in half-time in extra-time. He couldn't make an impact though, with City losing 2-1 to eventual winners Arsenal.
Kelechi Iheanacho made FA Cup history again last night. :flag_ng: pic.twitter.com/FtaOOaKgqx- Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 17, 2018
Iheanacho left City for Leicester in a £25 million move in the summer but has scored just three goals in eleven games thus far.
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