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Published: 21:44 | 27/9/16

Slimani goal leads Leicester to victory over Porto


Leicester City are two wins in two in Champions League Group G following a 1-0 win over Porto at the King Power Stadium.

In an even encounter in Europe’s top-drawer competition, Islam Slimani netted the only goal of the game, heading home Riyad Mahrez’ right-wing cross after 25 minutes to send Claudio Ranieri’s team two points clear of FC Copenhagen at the top of Group G .

Andre Silva should have put Porto ahead after just three minutes when he latched onto a through ball but, with Kasper Schmeichel flying out from his goal, the Porto attacker put his effort just left of the post.

City’s first effort of note came from Slimani, who got on the end of a Marc Albrighton free-kick from just outside the area, only for his header to go straight into the hands of Porto keeper Iker Casillas; no matter, it proved, as the linesman put up his flag up for offside on the effort.

As the game ebbed to and fro it was Leicester that got the breakthrough. Albrighton played a crossfield ball from left to right for Mahrez to receive and cross into the centre for Slimani to head home from point-blank range and send the King Power Stadium into raptures.

Miguel Layun had a fine chance to level matters ten minutes before the break when he swung a free-kick at the Foxes goal from the left of edge of the area, only for his effort to pass narrowly wide and left with Schmeichel beaten in the nets.

A pulsating 15 minutes after the break saw Jamie Vardy fire a shot in the Porto area, which looked to be blocked by a hand. Mahrez then forced Casillas to push an effort right of the post.

Porto had offered little in terms of threat in the second period as the game ticked towards the 70-minute mark, with Leicester sitting high up the pitch and breaking up any attacks in the centre of the park.

Neither side was exerting regular pressure at this juncture, with both having half chances, as they jockeyed for possession in midfield and largely failed to connect any meaningful possession to their respective forward lines.

When Leicester did get chances to press upfield into the danger area the final pass was often lacking with Albrighton guilty of badly over hitting a cross in a superb position from the left wing.

But a chance to level matters did come for Porto when Jesus Corona fed Silva from the right wing with nine minutes remaining. However, with the chance on, and inside the six-yard box, Silva fluffed his lines as a poor first touch saw the ball escape him and run over the dead-ball line.

Two minutes later the Portuguese side had another chance as a Robert Huth clearance fell to Corona inside the box. The winger lashed his shot on goal, and taking a deflection off Albrighton, his effort rattled the right upright.

The momentum had totally switched now and Porto were pressing hard for the equaliser. That pressure should have been rewarded with a penalty in injury time when Silva was hauled down by Christian Fuchs in the area, but somehow Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir opted to award a free-kick against the striker. Danger was averted for the Foxes as they held on for three points.

In the evening's other Group G fixture, FC Copenhagen saw off Club Brugge 4-0 at Telia Parken. An own goal from Stefano Denswil, allied to strikes from Thomas Delaney, Federico Santander and Mathias Jorgensen did the damage for the Danish side as they kept up the pressure on group-toppers Leicester.

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