September 29, 2016 14:10
Leicester City’s Dragon Slayer Islam Slimani scores winning header
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WEEK 2: LEICESTER CITY 1-0 FC PORTO
UEFA Champions League Week 2 Group G: Leicester City 1-0 Porto
Leicester City 1-0 Porto
Islam Slimani (25’ minutes)
Leicester City hero Islam Slimani has scored three headers in his first four Leicester games this season. Slimani, who had a great scoring record against Porto with his former club Sporting Lisbon, scored the only goal of the Week 2 Champions League match from a Riyad Mahrez assist past famous Porto goalie Iker Casillas. Slimani was such a danger to Porto during his time with Sporting Lisbon that he was nicknamed "the Dragon Slayer". In three previous matches in 2016, the Algeria international dragon slayer netted five times.
Leicester beat Porto in their first home Champions League game to maintain a 100% winning start to their first season in Europe's prestigious Champions League. Leicester are the 10th club in history to represent England in the Champions League, and the first to start their debut season with two wins from their first two fixtures.
Slimani was a 2016 summer transfer deadline-day signing for Leicester City for a club record £29m.
Leicester were last season's surprise Premier League champions, but have lost three of their opening six EPL games. The Foxes conceded four goals in defeats to titan Premier League clubs FC Liverpool and Manchester United.
Against Porto, the Foxes used a deep, solid backline and hard-hitting counter-attacks achieving success before their cheering fans at King Power Stadium.
After seeing his side leak three goals to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri chose Luis Hernandez to replace Danny Simpson at right-back.
Foxes centre-halves Wes Morgan and Robert Huth impressed with their passion and talent.
Two-time European champions Porto, dominated the ball in the second half but were unable to score in eight attempts against Leicester goalie Kasper Schmeichel. As the end-of-the-match tension increased, the attempt on goal were not enough for Porto to improve their losing record in England that extends to 17 games without a win.
Nuno, FC Porto boss, and Claudio Ranieri Leicester City manager
After the match, Leicester City’s Italian boss Claudio Ranieri was very happy.
"We suffered in the last 10 minutes but it was important to win. Concentration was high, we were resilient, I'm very happy,” said a delighted Ranieri. "We played with our spirit tonight. The last pass wasn't always there, but Riyad Mahrez made one fantastic pass for Slimani."
The Foxes played the way they like to play, riding their luck at times, and won their group stage match taking a big leap towards the Champions League Round of 16 in the with a solid1-0 victory over Porto. Leicester may only need three more points from their final four games to reach the knockout stage. Leicester remained organized and energetic almost until the end, displaying the talent and passion they displayed last season when they won the England Premier League title. The Foxes had to weather wave after wave of Porto pressure in the final 10 minutes.
Leicester's record £29 million signing Islam Slimani scored his third goal of the season with a powerful header. with help from his fellow Algerian Riyad Mahrez. City’s clean sheet was the Foxes perfect response after leaking four first half goals in last Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Manchester United last weekend. Leicester next play Premier League club Southampton on Sunday.
Watch Leicester footballers including GK Kasper Schmeichel, Luis Hernandez, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Amartey, Marc Albrighton, and Islam Slimani, :The Dragon Slayer”.
Leicester City, who have won two of their six England Premier League matches to date this season, host EPL club Southampton at the City of Light Stadium on Sunday. Their next Champions League match is at home against FC Copenhagen on October 18, when Porto travel to Club Brugge.
Leicester City go into the weekend confident of their ability to defeat Southampton after the Foxes solid win over Porto in the Champions League in midweek. The Foxes have have been excellent at home. They haven't lost a Premier League match since the 5-2 loss to Arsenal in September 2015. If the Foxes are going to contend for a top-half finish or better in the EPL, they must beat sides including Southampton at home at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester lead in Champions League Group G by two points from second-placed FC Copenhagen, who the Foxes play on October 18.
Leicester City’s super-goalie Kasper Schmeichel earned a clean sheet against Porto
Schmeichel, Hernandez, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Slimani, Vardy. Substitutes Zieler, Musa, King, Schlupp, Simpson, Okazaki, Gray.
Casillas; Layun, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles; Andre Andre, Danilo Pereira, Torres; Andre Silva, Adrian, Otavio. Substitutes Jose Sa, Boly, Ruben Neves, Depoitre, Herrera, Corona, Diogo Jota.
Referee Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
UEFA Champions League Group G Standings Match Week 2
Group G: 1. Leicester City (ENG), 2. FC København (DEN), (3) Porto (POR), 4. Club Brugge (BEL),
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