Controversial VAR decision sees Leicester City scrape win against Burnley

By Callum Faulds

Leicester got a much needed win over Burnley, which means they remain third in the Premier League and continue to chase Manchester City in second.

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester to defeat Burnley by two goals to one. The win did not come without controversy however, with Burnley having a goal disallowed late on by VAR (Video Assistant Referee).

The result comes on an emotional day for Leicester as they mark the anniversary of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death.

Leicester controlled the game by way of possession but both teams were able to create a number of goal-scoring chances.

It was Burnley who struck first. In the 26th minute, a pin-point accurate cross from the right wing by McNeil saw the ball land perfectly onto the head of Wood who powered it through the hands of Schmeichel and into the net.

After Burnley went ahead, Leicester piled on the pressure, forcing Pope to stay on his feet in the Burnley goal.

Leicester’s first goal came 20 minutes after Burnley’s through a wonderful display from Barnes on the left wing who skipped past Lowton to deliver an excellent cross for Vardy to score the second header of the game.

After a good display of football, the sides went into halftime level at 1-1.

It took 20 minutes after the second kick-off for another good chance. This one fell the way of Leicester and Perez who launched it high over the cross bar after receiving a terrific cut-back from Pereira.

The next chance would be the goal. In the 74th minute a cross came in from second-half substitute Gray and Burnley weren’t able to make a clearance, leaving the ball to fall to the feet of Tielemans who smashed it onto the underside of the crossbar and past Pope.

After going down, Burnley began to control the game a bit more, forcing themselves further up the pitch.

Eventually their chance came. Thoroughly determined, Lowton charged forward, nicking the ball off Tielemans and then floating it towards Wood. Wood targetted goal but only found the chest of Schmeichel, with the ball deflecting off Schmeichel and back onto Wood bouncing towards goal.

Trying to make sure the ball went in, Wood chased the ball and opposing defender Evans who was desperately trying to clear it before it went in but he was unsuccessful. In real time it seemed as though nothing out of the ordinary had happened but a VAR check saw a small touch from Woods’ boot onto Evans’ ankles.

The goal was ruled out due to a debatable foul from Wood after a VAR check, leaving the game to finish 2-1 to Leicester.

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