Wolves had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee as their Premier League game at Leicester City ended in a goalless draw.
Joao Moutinho’s right-wing corner was headed goalwards by Leander Dendoncker and hit the arm of Wolves’ Willy Boly at close range before Dendoncker shot the rebound past Kasper Schmeichel from eight yards out.
But, after a review, the goal was disallowed by on-field referee Andre Marriner, much to the frustration of some Wolves players.
Leicester’s Harvey Barnes had a curling effort well held by Rui Patricio, and Wolves’ best legal effort fell to Raul Jimenez, but he shot straight at Schmeichel.
VAR moment overshadows game
These two sides have been tipped as potential challengers to the Premier League’s top six, but this game did not sparkle, with only three shots on target in total, and Leicester having to wait 83 minutes before their solitary goal-bound chance.
But the main controversy came at the other end early in the second half when Dendoncker put the ball in the back of the net and Wolves were celebrating before, one minute and 38 seconds later, the goal was overturned.
“I thought it was a goal, we were ready to start again and VAR [on the big screen] said it might’ve seen something and I was surprised,” said Dendoncker.
“Willy Boly was just jumping and I had no clue it was a handball. It’s a new rule so we have to adapt to it and get used to it.”
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said the new rules could “ruin the game”.
“I haven’t seen the images but I trust them. If they saw it, what can we do?” he said. “Things that weren’t [that way] before shouldn’t be now. We have such a nice Premier League, such a product, we cannot lose that.
“It’s what fans come for, to celebrate, not to celebrate a no goal – that’s not the real celebration of football. It’s not good for the atmosphere of football. The Leicester fans were celebrating the no goal, that’s not the mindset of the game.
“What I’m concerned about is, let’s not ruin the game.
“Two minutes the game stopped. The anxiety of us celebrating, then we waited – it’s not the spirit of the game.”
Rodgers praises Maguire replacement Soyuncu
Earlier this week, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was confirmed as Leicester’s new chairman and was introduced to the King Power Stadium crowd in an emotional moment before kick-off, with the Foxes supporters giving him a large round of applause.
Aiyawatt succeeds his late father Vichai, who was one of five people who died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium last October.
After kick-off on Sunday, the hosts were the most wasteful side in the opening half. Ben Chilwell, Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans all shot wide, while Jamie Vardy failed to get a touch from close range on a low cross fizzed in from the right side of the six-yard box by Tielemans.
For Wolves, Diogo Jota should have done better than drag a shot wide from a central position just outside the penalty area, and only an excellent last-ditch challenge from Jonny Evans denied Ryan Bennett a shooting chance six yards out.
Within seconds of the restart, Jimenez, who scored 13 Premier League goals last season, shot straight at Schmeichel after a quick counter-attack.
Wolves had a round trip of more than 6,000 miles for their Europa League tie on Thursday against Armenian side Pyunik, but Nuno’s side ended with more shots on target than Leicester, with Jimenez again denied by Schmeichel.
The visitors brought on striker Patrick Cutrone, an £18m summer signing from AC Milan, but they could not find their way past a well-organised Leicester defence. Caglar Soyuncu, who came in for Harry Maguire after the England international’s £80m move to Manchester United, was among those impressing.
“Caglar was excellent,” said Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers. “He got a round of applause at the end from his team-mates and it’s not easy to come in for a special player like Harry, but Caglar was strong and comfortable on the ball.”
On Thursday, Wolves play the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Pyunik (19:45 BST), but Nuno Espirito Santo may have a chance to rest some of his players after his side’s 4-0 opening leg win.
They are at Molineux again four days later, on Monday, 19 August, when they host Manchester United in their first home Premier League game of the season (20:00 BST).
Leicester have a week off before they play at Chelsea on Sunday (16:30 BST) in Frank Lampard’s first home game in charge of the Blues.
More to follow.