19 October 2016
The European fairytale continued for Leicester in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night when they defeated FC København 1 – 0 to keep their 100 per cent record.
The defending English Champions are yet to drop a point in their first appearance in the Champions League, neither have they conceded a goal in their three games.
Two Algeria internationals, Riyad Mahrez and newly signed, Islam Slimani combined to score Leicester’s only goal at the King Power Stadium. Mahrez volleyed home from close range after Slimani brilliantly knocked down a cross into the 6 yard box from the left wing.
To ensure the win, Leicester had goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel to thank as he made two sublime saves, five minutes from half time and a few minute from duration time.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score even though he had a good game. Though Madrid won the match 5 – 1, Ronaldo could only muster of two assists. Now he has two goals and two assists in the competition.
With Ronaldo struggling for his goal scoring form for club this season, Gareth Bale ended his two years goal drought in the Champions League when he gave Madrid the lead early in the game. The last time Bale scored in the Champions League was in December 2014.
In Group G, FC Porto rallied from a goal down to defeat FC Club Brugge away at Belgium. The 2004 Champions needed two second half goals to cancel out an early strike by the home side.
Though struggling on the domestic front, Leicester will be assured of a place in the last 16 if they win away to Copenhagen in their next match on November 2.
Another English representative, Tottenham Hotspurs was held to a barren draw at Bayern Leverkusen.
Spurs Goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris had to make a string of brilliant saves to shut out Leverkusen and keep its fifth clean sheet of the season.
In Group E’s other game, Bernardo Silva’s 87th goal was enough for AS Monaco to run away with a point in Russia against CSKA Moscow and remain on top of the Group.
Two away victories were recorded in Group H, as Juventus defeated Lyon 1 – 0 in France and Dinamo Zagreb lost 1 – 0 at home to Sevilla.
CSKA Moscow 1 – 1 Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 0 Tottenham
Real Madrid 5 – 1 Warsaw
Sporting Lisbon 1 – 2 Borussia Dortmund
Leicester 1 – 0 Copenhagen
Club Brugge 1 – 2 Porto
Zagreb 0 – 1 Sevilla
Lyon 0 – 1 Juventus
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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