Leicester City 0 Wolves 0.
A VAR decision robbed Wolves of victory at Leicester in their Premier League opener.
Leander Dendoncker’s effort was ruled out by the new technology which has been introduced in the top flight this season after the Belgian’s header hit the arm of Willy Boly before he fired past Kasper Schmeichel from eight yards out. New rules state any handball in the build-up to a goal – whether it is accidental, as in this case, or not – have to be ruled out.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who confidently predicted VAR would be a success in his pre-match interview, was raging at the decision and complained to the fourth official, while several players also protested.
The 0-0 draw meant Wolves kept their record of not having lost their opening league game to a season since August 2012 when they were beaten 1-0 at Leeds, and extended their unbeaten run this term to four games in all competitions.
Leicester had most of the play in a scrappy first half, and should perhaps have taken the lead through a Jamie Vardy shot, but Wolves, who made two changes with Jonny Castro Otto and Ruben Neves in for Ruben Vinagre and Romain Saiss, had their moments. Diogo Jota, who scored Wolves’ first top flight hat-trick for 41 years when the sides last met in January, wasted the best of them just before half-time. Collecting a loose ball, he raced in on goal, only to fall at the last moment when he should have shot.
But a superb start to the second half was rewarded in the 51st minute when Leander Dendoncker scored – or so he thought, only for VAR to rule it out. Jota wasted another chance in the 55th minute when he lashed well wide after Jimenez put him clean through.
The disallowed goal ruffled Wolves’ feathers and with their confidence compromised, Leicester started to boss proceedings. Substitute Harvey Barnes forced Rui Patricio into a smart diving save with a curling effort from 25 yards.
Wolves had just one more opening, but Jimenez could only fire straight at Schmeichel from 15 yards.
A draw was a fair result, though Leicester, with 70 per cent possession and 15 shots to Wolves’ eight plus 12 corners, will feel slightly hard done by too to share the spoils.
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Choudury (Barnes 61), Ndidi, Perez (Albrighton 76), Maddison, Tielemans; Vardy.
Subs not used: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Iheanacho, Praet.
Wolves (3-5-2): Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves (Saiss 81), Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota (Cutrone 75).
Subs not used: Ruddy, Neto, Kilman, Gibbs-White, Vinagre.
Booked: Neves, Jonny.
Referee: Andre Marriner.