October 19, 2019 / 4:34 PM / 2 months ago

Tielemans smashes Leicester winner as VAR denies Burnley

(Reuters) - Youri Tielemans capped an inspired individual performance with a fine second-half winner as Leicester City came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at the King Power Stadium after the visitors had a late equaliser controversially disallowed by VAR.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Burnley - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - October 19, 2019 Leicester City's Youri Tielemans scores their second goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Former Leicester striker Chris Wood, who had put Burnley ahead on 26 minutes, thought he had scored for a second time on 80 minutes before technology intervened to rule that he had accidentally tripped Jonny Evans in the build-up.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was furious that his side left with nothing from a game marked by much emotion on the first anniversary of the death of former Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash.

“The key moment has gone against us,” said Dyche. “I’m a big fan of VAR but it has to be used more wisely than that. If you start giving things like that - Chris Wood only has eyes for the ball and the defender isn’t getting it in a million years.

“The referee doesn’t even use the screen, he has got to come and look at that and I’d be surprised if he gave it.”

But Evans insisted the decision was correct.

“At the time I was 90% sure VAR would overturn it,” he said.

Jamie Vardy equalised Wood’s opener with a superb header just before the break, rising high to powerfully meet Harvey Barnes’ cross from seven yards out for his sixth goal of the season.

Substitute Demarai Gray had an effort rightly disallowed for offside before making a telling contribution on 74 minutes when he centred for Harvey Barnes to pick out Tielemans, who crashed the ball home at the far post.

The win moved Leicester second, ahead of Manchester City’s late kickoff against Crystal Palace, on 17 points, while Burnley are eighth on 12.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar

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