28 September 2016
English Premier League (EPL) champions Leicester City maintained their 100 per cent start to life in Europe in Group G on Tuesday night with their second straight win – two wins in two matches in Europe.
Leicester’s record signing, Islam Slimani, scored his third goal in three appearances to condemn Portuguese side, Porto, to yet another defeat on English soil.
The Algerian’s first half goal from a close range header secured a 1 – 0 victory for the EPL champions in front of their home fans. Tuesday night was the first time a Champions League match would be played at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester’s solitary goal came from a superb connection between two Algerian internationals – Riyad Mahrez and Slimani. Mahrez who has been playing better in the Champions League than in the EPL created the goal with a sublime inch perfect cross into Porto’s six-yard area in the 25th minute.
Having played in the Portuguese League with Sporting Lisbon prior to his move to England, the goal took Slimani’s tally against Porto in 2016 to six goals in four matches – he scored five as Lisbon player.
Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa who wasn’t listed in the team that lost to Manchester United at the weekend replaced Jamie Vardy in the additional minutes to make his second appearance from the bench for the Foxes in the Champions League.
In Germany, at the Signal Iduna Park, Real Madrid were held to a 2 – 2 draw by in-form Borrusia Dortmund.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead in the 17th minute, finishing off a back-heeled pass from Gareth Bale, while 2015 African footballer of the year, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, capitalised on poor goalkeeping by Keylon Navas to draw the match level two minutes before the break.
French defender, Rafael Varane made it 2 – 1 for Madrid in the 68th minute tapping in from close range following Karim Benzema’s initial effort which came off the bar.
That wasn’t to be the match decider as former Chelsea forward, Andre Schurrle had other ideas. Schurrle, a second half substitute broke Madrid’s heart with his 87th minute equaliser to ensure the match ended 2-2.
With the draw, Madrid’s unbeaten streak in the Champions League group stage was extended to 23 games.
In Russia, Tottenham Hotspurs bounced back from their opening day home loss to AS Monaco by beating CSKA Moscow 1 – 0 courtesy of a strike from in-form South Korean striker, Son Heung-Min.
The biggest winner of the night was FC Copenhagen of Denmark – quite a surprise. The Danish side defeated Club Brugge of Belgium 4 – 0, the same scoreline by which Juventus defeated Dinamo Zagreb.
League one side, Monaco played a 1 – 1 draw at home against Bayer Leverkusen in Group E while Sporting Lisbon defeated Legia Warszawa 2 – 0 in Group F.
In Spain, Sevilla defeated French Ligue 1 side, Lyon 1 – 0. French striker, Wissam Ben Yedder, scored the only goal in that fixture five minutes from the hour mark.
CSKA 0 – 1 Tottenham
Monaco 1 – 1 Bayer Levkn
Bor Dortmd 2 – 2 Real Madrid
Sporting 2 – 0 Legia War
FC Copenhagen 4 – 0 Club Brugge
Leicester 1 – 0 FC Porto
Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 4 Juventus
Sevilla 1 – 0 Lyon
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.