Kelechi Iheanacho writes himself into Emirates FA Cup folklore for a second time

Wednesday 17 Jan 2018
Kelechi Iheanacho is congratulated after scoring his second goal against Fleetwood Town

Kelechi Iheanacho wrote himself into Emirates FA Cup history for the second time as Leicester City edged Fleetwood Town in their third round replay on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old was the first-ever fourth substitute used in English football during Manchester City’s semi-final defeat by Arsenal last April.

And now the Nigerian is the first player to have a goal awarded following consultation with a video assistant referee [VAR].

Having already put Claude Puel’s side ahead against Fleetwood, Iheanacho clipped home a Riyad Mahrez through ball on 77 minutes to seemingly double the Foxes’ lead.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside but referee Jon Moss referred the decision to the VAR, Mike Jones, and after 67 seconds of consultation, Iheanacho was found to be played onside by Nathan Jones and the goal was awarded.

Iheanacho said: “I didn't know if I was onside or offside but I agree totally now that I was onside. We just waited to see what the decision was.”

Leicester team-mate Jamie Vardy added: “This man got the goals and has shown that VAR does work.”

Foxes boss Puel was equally complimentary.

He said: “I think we saw in the situation that it was important,” said Puel. “It was a good thing for us.”


By FA Staff