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Leicester hopes still alive after being robbed in Madrid

Atletico Madrid 1:0 Leicester City

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A poor penalty decision proved to be the only difference between the sides as City lost 1-0 in Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night…

There was an electric atmosphere inside the Vicente Calderón Stadium, in what will be its last season, with many more Leicester fans than the official away allocation in attendance.
Craig Shakepeare sent out the line-up everyone was expecting, with captain Morgan still sidelined with a back injury, and due to the colour clash they were in 80s style blue shirts with white shorts and white socks.

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City created the first chance of the game after three minutes when Vardy made good progress down the left, but no one could reach his low cross.
City got a scare two minutes later when Koke cut in from the left and fired a fierce right-footer from the edge of the area against the left hand post.
Soon after this Griezmann crossed from the left, and although Huth got his head to it, the ball fell for Carrasco at the far post, but he volleyed high and wide with Fuchs applying some pressure.

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Atletico kept pressing forward with intensity, Griezmann launched a long-range effort a yard over the bar and then Filipe Luiz missed the target with a near post header.
But then City, with Ndidi pulling the strings, began to find their way into the game.
They enjoyed a spell of possession and were probing forward with Albrighton delivering a couple of crosses, but in the 29 minute Atletico ‘did a Leicester’ on us and took a 29th minute lead.
Play was on the edge of Atletico’s area when Griezmann went haring the length of the field down the left. Albrighton matched him for pace and looked to have done the perfect spoiling job, bringing the Madrid star down a couple of feet outside the area.
But referee Jonas Eriksson pointed to the spot, and Griezmann sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot kick.
Despite this blow, and the incredible noise around the stadium, City kept their composure.
Koko sent another long-range effort off target, while Albrighton did the same at the other end.
The ref was buying dives from the home players all over the field, so it was difficult for City to get anything going, but they got to half time, just one controversial goal behind.

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Craig Shakespeare started the second half with King on for Okazaki.
Atletico were on top for the opening stages and Benalouane picked up a yellow  for a late challenge on Torres as the defence began to look stretched.
But City weathered the early storm again and play moved to Atletico’s area. A Fuchs long throw wasn’t dealt with and Huth had a shot blocked before Mahrez picked up the loose ball but his attempted curler into the top corner flew well wide.
Bad news followed this when Griezmann was bowled over by Huth, who picked up a yellow card that would rule him out of the return leg.

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On the hour Mahrez picked up the ball on the left, made his way into the area and beat one man before crashing into Gabi rather too obviously. The ref wasn’t tempted to award a second penalty.
Atletico should have gone 2-0 up a minute later when Gabi sent Torres in on goal. He rounded Huth to make space for a shot but slipped over at the vital moment.
There was another close call when Torres fed Griezmann in down the left but his cross flashed across goal with no Madrid players in the goal mouth.
Craig Shakespeare made his second substitution in the 77th minute, bringing Slimani on for Vardy. Soon after this there was more activity around the dug out when technical staff member Tom Joel was sent to the stands for straying into the home technical area while delivering energy drinks to the players. There’s nothing like getting the big decisions right.
With five minutes remaining Benalouane produced a vital interception to cut out a low Juanfran cross that was heading for Griezmann.
Bar one run into the box from Correa, City weren’t really troubled up to the full time whistle and the game ended with City just one goal down and still in with a realistic prospect of further progress in the competition.

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Craig Shakespeare was not happy with the nature of the defeat:  “We were hard done by. It is one of the major decisions in the game – a definite foul but outside the box. I think it is a disappointing moment, a key moment. The referee has to get that one right, you can’t guess. Refs have a hard job but you want the key decisions correct.”

But it was another glorious European adventure for the fans, at least for the ones who avoided the indiscriminate police batons. Eight years ago to the day City were playing at Hereford in the third tier… now they have a decent chance of an appearance in the Champions League semi-finals.

Atletico: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis, Carrasco (Correaat 65), Gabi, Ñíguez, Koke, Torres (Parteyat 75), Griezmann. Subs Not Used: Correa, Cerci, Hernández, Partey, Gaitán, Giménez, Campos Moreira
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 45), Vardy (Slimaniat 77). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, King, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Gray, Ulloa.
Referee: J Eriksson. Attendance: 51,423.


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Leicester stun Sevilla and reach the Champions League quarter finals

Leicester City 2:0 Sevilla (3:2)

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City produced a superb performance against Sevilla in the Champions League second round at the KPS on Tuesday night, a 2-0 victory making this perhaps the most glorious night in the club’s history…

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The atmosphere in the King Power was cranked up to 11, with an impressive Shakespearian ‘Let Slip the Dogs of War’ tifo display in the Kop end, and some great backing for the visitors in the away corner.

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Craig Shakespeare offered no surprises in his starting XI, sticking to the same side for the third game running, a formula that has worked for him up to now.
So we listened to the Champions League anthem for the eighth time, and we were off.

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Sevilla threatened early on, with Huth blocking Yedder’s progress, and then a fine touch by Nasri earned him some space in on the right to blast a shot from an angle that Schmeichel did very well to block with his left arm.
City began to press forward and in the 10th minute Ndidi was inches away from getting his head to an Albrighton corner, before Iborra blocked Mahrez’s shot from the clearance.
An Ndidi foul on Vitolo 25 yards out gave Sevilla a free-kick with possibilities, but Rami sent it sailing over the bar.
Nasri was then booked for clattering Ndidi, a yellow card that would have consequences later on.
In the 21st minute Sarabia dragged his shot wide from a decent position and Sevilla would soon rue that missed chance.
In the 27th minute, City turned the tie on its head. Iborra fouled Vardy out on the left and Mahrez lined up the free-kick. He floated a perfect ball into the area, which evaded the ruck in the middle and fell for Morgan to knee it home at the far post.

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This caused pandemonium around the ground and a frantic spell of play as Sevilla attempted an instant reply. Iborra had a shot blocked and Fuchs headed the resultant corner clear. Yedder then sent a shot into the sidenetting when well placed.
Mercado’s cross/shot then had to be tipped away by Schmeichel before City managed to calm things down.
They were the better side up to the break. Vardy had a shot blocked, Drinkwater fired an effort straight at Rico, and Fuchs made great progress down the left, staying on his feet after a foul in the area, but shooting straight at the keeper.
The half time whistle meant that City were 45 minutes away from a place in the quarter finals and the tension was almost unbearable.

This feeling worsened when Sevilla, with Mariano and Jovetic on for Mercado and Sarabia, had the best of the second half opening spell.
Huth cleared a dangerous low cross from Vitolo, and Fuchs got his head to a Nasri cross before a horrible moment in the 53rd minute when Escudero strode forward before unleashing a dipping 30 yarder that hit the underside of the bar.
It was a reminder of how narrow City’s ‘away goal lead’ was but a minute later City went ahead in the tie and the King Power erupted again.

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Okazaki had a shot blocked, Mahrez crossed the loose ball, Rami’s attempted clearance fell for Albrighton, who took a composed touch before firing a shot just inside the right hand post.
Although Sevilla could still force extra time with a goal, they looked rattled and weren’t causing City’s defence many problems.
Shakespeare made his first change in the 63rd minute, bringing Slimani on for Okazaki, who had run himself into the ground once again.
Vardy then wasted a good chance when Rico pushed a Mahrez cross into his path.
But the tie turned further in City’s favour in the 74th minute when Nasri lost his rag with Vardy following a tussle and appeared to be the main aggressor in a coming together of heads. He was shown his second yellow, but wasn’t prepared to go quietly into the night, having to be dragged off the field by his teammates.

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The FA Cup match at Millwall showed us that ten men can be better than eleven, and so it proved here, with Sevilla being awarded a 79th minute penalty.
Vitolo charged into the area and lifted the ball over Schmeichel, who then crashed into him. The referee pointed to the spot and booked the City keeper.
Silence fell around the ground and the spectre of extra time loomed, but N’Zonzi’s spot-kick was poor and Schmeichel saved low to his left.
A huge roar greeted the save and it looked as though the footballing gods were back on City’s side.

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Sevilla were losing their composure now, and coach Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands in a gibbering rage.
City continued to look for goals and Vardy sent a header straight at Rico with the goal at his mercy.
Slimani then went clear down the right, but stumbled in trying to round Rico and the chance was gone.
City last chance came in the 89th minute when Mahrez hared down the middle on the break, and set up Vardy, who snatched his effort over the bar, before giving his face a good pummelling in frustration.
Sevilla desperately pushed forward in the four minutes of time added on. Correa had a shot blocked and blazed another one over, but the final whistle eventually sounded and Leicester City were in the Champions League quarter finals.
You may have to read that sentence a few times.

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It had been a magnificent performance from every City player and this incredible journey continues.
Craig Shakespeare commented: “We deserve to be in the quarter-finals, we have just knocked out one of the best teams in Europe in my opinion. I think it has to stand right up there with all of our achievements because of the quality of the opposition. We know there will be some terrific teams in the last eight, as there were in the previous round, but we’re in there on merit – we might just be the surprise team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Amartey 89), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 63), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, King, Gray, Ulloa.
Sevilla: Sergio Rico, Mercado (Mariano 46), Pareja, Rami, Sarabia (Jovetic 45), Iborra, Nzonzi, Escudero, Vitolo, Ben Yedder (Correa 68), Nasri. Subs Not Used: Soria, Kranevitter, Vazquez, Lenglet.

Referee: D Orsato. Attendance: 31,520. 

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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Unfamiliar Leicester line-up thrashed by Porto

FC Porto 5:0 Leicester City


Group G winners Leicester were humbled by Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday night, a much-changed side losing 5-0…

Although City’s final group game was a dead rubber, there were eyebrows raised among City fans around Porto when ten changes were made to Claudio Ranieri’s side.
The City manager told reporters he wanted the chance to look at his back-up players and also rest most of the first team for  the visit of Manchester City.
But it was disappointing for those who had spent a lot and time and money travelling to Portugal for what looked like a nailed-on defeat.

Sure enough, City were camped in their own third from very early on. Hamer had to make his first save from Brahimi after five minutes.
A minute later the Dragons took the lead, when poor marking from Schlupp allowed Silva to nod in a corner from 8 yards.
The result was never in any doubt after that. Three minutes later Jota sent a shot on the run narrowly wide of the left hand post.
After more pressure City conceded a second in the 26th minute. Telles swung a cross in from the left and an unmarked Corona had plenty of time to line up a fine volley into the top right hand corner.
With Porto keeper Casillas hardly getting a touch, the home side continued to press forward. Following off-target efforts from Brahimi and Torres, the third goal arrived in the 44th minute. Periera got round City’s back-line down the right and delivered a low cross that was met by Brahimi’s near post back-heel past Hamer.

Ranieri made two changes at half time with Musa and Schlupp replaced by Ulloa and Albrighton, and there was an immediate improvement.
Albrighton sent a cross over for Okazaki, who couldn’t get decent contact with a header, before Gray attempted a curling shot that went a couple of yards wide.
Drinkwater then crossed for Okazaki, who saw his header from 10 yards out saved by Casillas.
Thoughts of any kind of Leicester fight-back were dispelled in the 64th minute, when the ref spotted Drinkwater tugging Silva’s arm in the area and he pointed to the spot.
Silva himself, a Leicester target last summer, stepped up and sent Hamer the wrong way to make it 4-0.


Soon after this City’s night got even worse when Drinkwater went down with what looked like a knee injury. After some lengthy treatment he played on for a short while before being replaced by development squad player Harvey Barnes, who contributed well during his short debut.
City’s goal difference was reduced to +1 in the 77th minute  when Jota danced through the defence with ease before firing Porto’s fifth through Hamer’s legs.
City best chance arrived in the 88th minute when an Ulloa header from a corner was blocked by a defender. The loose ball fell for the Argentinian again, but his shot shaved the crossbar and there was nothing for City’s large following to cheer.
The final whistle was a blessed relief, with City’s 5-0 defeat being a record for an English side in the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “I wanted to give a great chance to our players but it was too easy for Porto. I am very, very sad. OK, we can lose, but not in this way. The fault is mine, I put all my players out to show what they can do. The result is my fault, it is important to be clear about this.”

If Ranieri was looking for players who could be brought into the first team, possibly with the African Nations Cup exodus in mind,  what he saw may have sent a chill up his spine.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that, despite this sad last chapter, City topped Group G with a game to spare and it was a fabulous adventure…

Porto: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Marcano, Brahimi, Andre Silva (Rui Pedro 78), Alex Telles, Corona (Herrera 76), Diogo Jota, Danilo (Reuben Neves 76), Felipe, Oliver Torres. Subs Not Used: Jose Sa, Noly, Evandro, Layun.
Leicester: Hamer, Hernández, Wasilewski, Morgan, Chilwell, Gray, Mendy, Drinkwater (Barnes 76), Schlupp (Albrighton 46), Okazaki, Musa (Ulloa 46). Subs Not Used: Amartey, Simpson, Zieler, Fuchs.

Referee: Felix Zwayer. Attendance: 39,310.

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Win over Bruges sees Leicester into Champions League knockout phase

Leicester City 2:1 FC Bruges


City’s 2-1 win over Bruges at the KPS on Tuesday night sealed top spot in Group G, and saw the Champions League new boys into the last 16…

City, who only needed a point to progress into the knockout phase, had one change to the starting line-up with King replacing Amartey in midfield.
And Claudio Ranieri’s side got off to a cracking start, taking a 5th minute lead.
Fuchs made good progress down the left and curved a low cross round two defenders, which was met by Okazaki at the near post for a fine finish into the top left hand corner.

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The Belgian champions were rattled by this and struggled to keep possession against an energetic looking City. Three minutes later Mahrez almost caught out Butelle with a near post shot from an acute angle, but the keeper managed to block.
City continued to press forward, but decent crosses from Albrighton and Vardy saw no one in position for a finishing touch.
In a rare attack for Bruges, Vanaken got his head to a cross, but straight into Zieler’s grasp.
After a flat spell of play, City reignited the crowd with a second goal on the half hour.
Albrighton went round Cools down the left, but the defender caught him as he went past and referee Ruddy Buquet had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Mahrez sent Butelle the wrong way with his usual halting run up, and City were so close to the next round that you could almost touch it.
Approaching the break, there was a chance at either end.
Morgan sent a header towards the top corner, but Butelle saved; and Zieler produced an acrobatic parry in response to  a curling effot from Izquierdo.


City applied some early pressure in the second half, with a long-throw and a cross from Fuchs both causing the visitors’ defence problems, but it was Bruges who found the net in the 52nd minute.
City’s proud record of no goals conceded in the competition was dented when Izquierdo collected the ball on the halfway line, raced past Fuchs, and fired in a shot that beat Zieler at his near post.
With the evening now gaining an extra edge, there were two disallowed goals in as many minutes. Vardy produced a clever back-heel that trundled over the line, while at the other end Claudemir found the net, but both were narrowly offside.
Claudio Ranieri made a double change in the 68th minute, with Gray and Schlupp replacing goalscorers Okazaki and Mahrez.
After a minute on the field, Schlupp beat his marker and charged goalwards, but sent his shot too close to Butelle.
Bruges had a decent attacking spell which gnawed at the nerves a little, but the City defence never looked too stretched.
Armartey replaced Albrighton with 12 minutes remaining, and he soon had a chance, but got his shot horribly wrong.
Bruges’s best chance came and went when a Van Rhijn corner was flicked across goal by Vanaken, but no one was positioned for what would have been a tap in.


A chance to end the evening in great style was then wasted. Gray played a superb one-two with Vardy, as City broke upfield, and was clear on goal, but the youngster hit his shot straight at the advancing Butelle.
In the third minute of time added on Gray was again denied by Butelle after Drinkwater teed him up, but the final whistle sparked delighted celebrations at City’s incredible achievement.
Porto’s goalless draw in Copenhagen meant that City had won the group with a game to spare. Not bad for a first attempt.

Claudio was delighted, but mindful of domestic matters: “It’s unbelievable. Top of the group, very happy, very proud for my players, very happy for the chairman, for the fans, for everybody. Another journey to the knockout – unbelievable. Now our mind must go on the Premier League because I want to push my players to think about that.”

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez (Schlupp 68), Albrighton (Amartey 78), Okazaki (Gray 68), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Musa, Ulloa.
Bruges: Butelle, Simons, Poulain, Claudemir (Wesley 84), Vossen, Izquierdo, Pina (Limbombe 61), Vanaken, Cools, De Bock (Van Rhijn 70), Mechele. Subs Not Used: Bruzzese, Felipe Gedoz, Denswil, Bolingoli.

Referee: R Buquet. Attendance: 31,443. 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 
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Mahrez strike continues Leicester’s perfect Champions League record

Leicester City 1:0 FC Copenhagen


A Riyad Mahrez goal, five minutes before half-time, was enough to defeat Copenhagen at the KPS on Tuesday night, taking City a big step closer to a place in the knockout phase…

Claudio Ranieri made four changes to his side with Simpson, King, Mahrez and Slimani returning to the starting line-up, against a side unbeaten in their 21 games this season.

The opening stages of the game were played out in a swirling mist created by a spectacular display of pyrotechnics in the the Copenhagen corner during the Champions League anthem.


Copenhagen took the early initiative, Schmeichel blocked a angled shot from Santander and then Huth and Morgan got in each other’s way defending a cross.
Morgan then appeared to suffer a back strain stretching to reach an Augustinsson cross.
Happily for City he managed to continue.
After 15 minutes of slick passing possession from the visitors City began to find their feet and it became clear that the orders for the night were direct balls forward to the front two.
This led to a Vardy cross that was gathered by Olsen, and a Vardy shot that was deflected wide.
With Drinkwater and King combining well in midfield City began get the upper hand. Albrighton teed up Vardy on the edge of the area, but his mis-hit volley trundled straight into Olsen’s grasp.
Vardy’s pace then earned him a free-kick out on the left, but Fuchs whipped in free-kick was punched clear by the commanding Olsen.
City broke the deadlock five minutes before the break.


Vardy’s cross from the left was nodded back across goal by Slimani, and Mahrez produced a flying kung-fu flick past Olsen to give City a precious lead.
The Danish Champions pressed forward in search of an equaliser before the break.
Toutouh went close with a shot and then Cornelius went even closer with an angled header from a corner, but the ball went a couple of inches past the left hand post, and City took their lead in at the break.

City started the second half strongly: Vardy set up Mahrez for a shot that flew well over, and then a delightful Mahrez ball (after he had won two tackles!) set up King in the area but his cross was cleared.
At the other end a low shot from  Jorgensen was deflected straight at Schmeichel.
A weak header from Johansen then saw Mahrez make progress into the area, but his shot was blocked before it reached Olsen.
City had the ball in the net again in the 65th minute, when Slimani jabbed the ball over the line from close in after his original header was saved by Olsen, but celebrations were halted by what looked like a harsh offside decision.
King then sent Slimani through on the right, but the Algerian slipped on the wet turf as he attempted to get round  Johansson.
Pacy substitute Falk caused City some problems and Fuchs was booked for tripping him. City brought on a sub of their own in the 85th minute, with Okazaki replacing Vardy.
With time running out, Copenhagen pressed forward trying to preserve their unbeaten record and Santander sent a header over from close in.


In the 90th minute it looked as though City were about to lose two points when Santander beat Simpson on the left and crossed for Cornelius. His shot from 8 yards looked netbound, before Schmeichel threw himself across goal and pulled off a world class save, the Danish keeper denying the Danish Champions.


The final whistle saw City sitting on top of Group G with 9 points from three games – more than they had gained in 8 Premier league games.
Claudio Ranieri touched on this contrast after the game: “From one side I’m very proud, from the other side, when I think of the Premier League, I’m very, very angry. But it’s OK because in my career this has happened. When for the first time you play in a big competition, you lose something when you go back in your league. This is normal but we want to change this way. It’s just psychological.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Mahrez (Amartey 90), Slimani (Ulloa 88), Vardy (Okazaki 85). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, Schlupp, Musa.
Copenhagen: Olsen, Augustinsson, Johansson, Kvist, Verbic (Falk 66), Delaney, Cornelius, Santander, Ankersen (Gregus 87), Toutouh (Pavlovic 85), Jorgensen. Subs Not Used: Andersen, Hogli, Antonsson, Kusk.

Referee: N Rizzoli. Attendance: 31,037.

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Leicester defeat Porto on glorious European night

Leicester City 1:0 FC Porto


Leicester became the first English club to win their first two Champions League games on Tuesday night, with a 1-0 win against Porto thanks to a 26th minute Islam Slimani header…

The City fans headed to what was known for the night as ‘Leicester City Stadium’ under an appropriately dramatic sunset, as the club hosted its first ever Champions League game against the twice-European champions from Portugal.


The side that lined up for the Champions League anthem saw two changes to the the starting XI at Old Trafford, with Schmeichel returning from injury and Hernández in for Simpson.
There was an early scare for City in the 3rd minute when Torres lobbed a ball forward to send Silva through and, although he beat the advancing Schmeichel to the ball, his first time effort towards an empty goal went wide.
However, City soon got a grip on proceedings and a spell of pressure followed with long throws from both Fuchs and Hernández, and a Mahrez corner testing the Porto defence.
Slimani then got a back header to an Albrighton freekick, but Casillas was well placed to save.


There followed a fractious period in which the ref went card happy. Silva and Otavio  were booked for protesting a free-kick and then Vardy saw yellow for pushing Otavio in the wall, though hardly enough for him to fall flat on his face as he did.
After all the preamble Mahrez then sent his freekick straight into the wall.
But two minutes later City took the lead. Albrighton sent Mahrez in on the right with a fine pass,  and Porto didn’t have time to assign the usual three men to him. Mahrez’s cross eluded Vardy’s head at the near post, but Slimani stooped ahead of Felipe to head past Casillas from close in to the delight of the home crowd.


City enjoyed another strong attacking spell, with Vardy flashing a cross over that was just too far ahead of Mahrez.
Slimani was then booked for a clumsy challenge and Porto appeared to change tactics at this point, throwing themselves to the ground whenever possible to break up play and try and induce more cards from the ref.
Porto’s best chance of the half came in the 36th minute when Layun curled a 25 yard freekick two inches wide of the left hand post.
Layun then hit the deck in an attempt to earn Slimani a second yellow, but thankfully the ref didn’t oblige.
Turkish referee Cakir then whistled a halt to the first half as Porto were about to take a corner and was surrounded by angry yellow shirts all the way to the tunnel.
Porto were rattled.

City started the second half well, putting pressure on  Casillas, and Danilo picked up the first booking after the break for a high kick that caught Slimani in the face.
A weak headed clearance from Morgan led to a Huth foul but Tells freekick sailed into the Family Stand.
A long-range Mahrez effort was tipped round the post by Casillas and then Mahrez and Drinkwater had fierce efforts blocked.


As the half wore on City began to look a bit heavy-legged as Porto began to perform and the lead suddenly looked very slender. Substitute Jota fired a shot straight at Schmeichel while Filpe sent a header over. Schmeichel then got down well to a Herrera half-volley from outside the area as the pressure increased.
City were opened up by a Corona ball to Silva but his first touch deserted him at the vital moment.
With five minutes remaining there was another big let off for City when Corona met a Huth clearance on the volley but his shot took a slight deflection off Albrighton and smashed against the right hand post.
King, Gray and Musa replaced Slimani, Mahrez and Gray in separate substitutions to introduce fresh legs and eat up time, but there were still a few nervy moments around City’s goal with Huth especially putting in an immense display as Porto kept knocking on the door to the end.
The final whistle was a huge relief and saw City top of Group G with maximum points from the first two games.

Claudio Ranieri commented on an unforgettable and historic night: “We showed a very good attitude, character and personality during all of the match. Also during the last minutes when Porto tried to equalise, we were very calm, very attentive and closed all of the space. I am very happy. It’s the first Champions League match after 132 years for Leicester. Our fans gave us a lot of energy. It’s fantastic. All the matches they push behind us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez (Gray 88), Albrighton, Slimani (King 82), Vardy (Musa 90). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Simpson, Schlupp, Okazaki.
Porto: Casillas, Marcano, Silva, Lopez (Jota 63), Telles, Andre (Herrera 63), Layun, Danilo, Otavio, Felipe, Torres (Corona 77). Subs Not Used: Sa, Boly, Neves, Deportee.

Referee: C Cakir. Attendance: 31,805.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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