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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Leicester City: VAR denies hosts chance to close on top four

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves missed out on the chance to close the gap on the top four as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City amid more VAR controversy.

Just before half-time, Wily Boly looked to have opened the scoring for the hosts after a short corner routine but his close-range header was ruled out with Pedro Neto judged to be offside in build-up.

Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury was sent-off 14 minutes from the end of normal time after collecting two bookings in the second half.

But in a game full of incident and goalscoring chances, the main talking point was Boly's disallowed effort.

Only Sheffield United, with five, have had more goals ruled out by VAR decisions in the Premier League this term than Nuno Espirito Santo's side and the decision was greeted with derision by the home supporters who chanted 'What a load of rubbish' and 'Is it football anymore?'.

The result leaves Leicester third in the table, a point behind Manchester City.

However, Wolves move up to seventh, three points behind Sheffield United in fifth, and well-placed to compete for a Champions League place next term, if City's ban from European club competitions is upheld and England retains four clubs in the competition.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 55mins
  • 8NevesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 81'minutes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 7NetoSubstituted forTraoréat 64'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCastelo Podenceat 78'minutes
  • 9Jiménez

Substitutes

  • 10Castelo Podence
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 37Traoré
  • 49Kilman
  • 59Buur

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 3ChilwellBooked at 88mins
  • 20ChoudhuryBooked at 76mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 68'minutes
  • 8TielemansSubstituted forPraetat 75'minutes
  • 10MaddisonBooked at 36mins
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forMorganat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 7Gray
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 26Praet
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
31,682

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Harvey Barnes.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dennis Praet (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans with a headed pass.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Albrighton.

Booking

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho replaces Rúben Neves.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Diogo Jota.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) for a bad foul.

Foul by Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City).

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces Youri Tielemans.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira with a cross.

Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Pedro Neto.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Leicester City: VAR denies hosts chance to close on top four

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves missed out on the chance to close the gap on the top four as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City amid more VAR controversy.

Just before half-time, Wily Boly looked to have opened the scoring for the hosts after a short corner routine but his close-range header was ruled out with Pedro Neto judged to be offside in build-up.

Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury was sent-off 14 minutes from the end of normal time after collecting two bookings in the second half.

But in a game full of incident and goalscoring chances, the main talking point was Boly's disallowed effort.

Only Sheffield United, with five, have had more goals ruled out by VAR decisions in the Premier League this term than Nuno Espirito Santo's side and the decision was greeted with derision by the home supporters who chanted 'What a load of rubbish' and 'Is it football anymore?'.

The result leaves Leicester third in the table, a point behind Manchester City.

However, Wolves move up to seventh, three points behind Sheffield United in fifth, and well-placed to compete for a Champions League place next term, if City's ban from European club competitions is upheld and England retains four clubs in the competition.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 55mins
  • 8NevesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 81'minutes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 7NetoSubstituted forTraoréat 64'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCastelo Podenceat 78'minutes
  • 9Jiménez

Substitutes

  • 10Castelo Podence
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 37Traoré
  • 49Kilman
  • 59Buur

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 3ChilwellBooked at 88mins
  • 20ChoudhuryBooked at 76mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 68'minutes
  • 8TielemansSubstituted forPraetat 75'minutes
  • 10MaddisonBooked at 36mins
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forMorganat 90+4'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 7Gray
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 26Praet
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
31,682

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Harvey Barnes.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dennis Praet (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans with a headed pass.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Albrighton.

Booking

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho replaces Rúben Neves.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Diogo Jota.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) for a bad foul.

Foul by Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City).

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces Youri Tielemans.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira with a cross.

Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Pedro Neto.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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