Leicester City 3:1 Leeds United
Michael Appleton’s winning start continued at the KPS on Tuesday night, with City coming back from a goal down against Leeds to claim a place in Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Appleton made eight changes to the side that started at Swansea, while Leeds fielded just one player from their last line-up, with a game against Sheffield United looming on Friday.
But it was the Championship side who got off to the better start and great move down the right ended with Grot firing in a shot that Hamer blocked at the near post.
Roofe tested Hamer with another effort, as City struggled to keep pace with an energetic Leeds, and then the visitors took a 26th minute lead. Roofe cut in from the right and fed the ball to Hernández, who side-stepped two blue shirts before finding the top right hand corner with a fine shot.
Going a goal down had the immediate effect of waking City up, and they were level within four minutes. A long diagonal ball from Albrighton on the right saw Slimani and Wiedwald challenging on the penalty spot. The Leeds keeper got the first touch but succeeded only in setting up Iheanacho, who found the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards.
The tide had turned now, and Gray twice went close to putting City ahead before the break, one shot going narrowly wide and another thumping the crossbar.
City dominated the second half, with a fine display from Amartey at right back and Iborra pulling the strings in midfield, but several golden chances to go in front were wasted. Gray missed the target when well placed, then King scooped an effort over the bar after being nicely teed up by Slimani. Slimani himself then headed over from close range with the goal at his mercy.
Michael Appleton brought Mahrez on for Albrighton in the 65th minute, and he had a hand in City’s goal five minutes later. A neat turn and pass found Iborra who stabbed the ball into the left channel for Iheanacho, whose square ball across the six yard line found Slimani sliding in to put City ahead.
Leeds then had a spell of pressure, but Hamer dealt with several crosses into his area.
City finally put the game to bed in the 88th minute with a bit of Mahrez magic.
he received the ball on the right touchline, cut in, accelerated past his marker and placed a precise shot from the edge of the area just inside the left hand post.
The manager with a 100% record commented: “It’s been a difficult week, It certainly would have been a lot worse and tougher had we not won the last two games. We’ve tried to stay in a positive frame of mind and stay professional and prepare properly, and I think the two performances suggest that’s been the case.”
The Carabao Cup quarter-final draw takes place on Thursday at 4pm, via Twitter.
Leicester: Hamer. Iborra, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton (Mahrez 65), Amartey, King, Gray, Iheanacho (Vardy 81), Slimani. Substitutes: Musa, Jakupovic, Ulloa, Ndidi, Fuchs.
Leeds: Wiedwald, Anita, Jansson, Shaughnessy, Borthwick-Jackson (Ayling 45), Phillips (Vieira 72), Klich, Roofe, Grot, Hernández, Cibicki (Sacko 65). Substitutes: Lonergan, Pennington, Lasogga, Alioski.
Referee: L Probert. Attendance: 31,516.
PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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