How Kelechi Iheancho’s Goal, Assist Consolidated Leicester City’s Champions League Push
After scoring a brace to send Manchester United out of the FA Cup quarter-finals and scoring the lone goal against Southernptom in the semi-final of the competition to send the Foxes to their first FA Cup final after decades, Kelechi Iheanacho on Monday continued his goal-scoring form after he scored and gave assist as Leicester City came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace in the premier League, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Leicester City recovered from a one-goal deficit to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Monday night to strengthen their position in third place.
After beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Filbert Way just four days prior, with Kelechi on target as well, manager Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged starting XI as the Foxes contested the second of three Premier League fixtures in the space of nine days.
It took only three minutes for City to carve out their first opportunity of the match. Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho have combined to devastating effect in recent weeks, and after the former latched onto the latter’s pass, he had a chance to open the scoring, however after rounding Vicente Guaita, the ball rolled out for a goal-kick.
Just two minutes later, Vardy was in again, only to fire wide from Timothy Castagne’s pin-point delivery. The Belgium international also set up the No.9 shortly after, but Vardy couldn’t hit the target while under pressure in the Palace box.
However, following a string of early chances for the hosts, a swift counter-attack from the Eagles saw them open the scoring through Wilfred Zaha, who collected Eberichi Eze’s through-ball and found the bottom corner despite Kasper Schmeichel getting a glove to the effort.
On 18 minutes, after Jairo Riedewald went into the book for a heavy challenge on Youri Tielemans, the City No.8 stepped up to take the free-kick, and while the precision was there, there wasn’t quite enough power on the strike to beat Guaita.
Just seconds after a James Maddison strike flew off target, a challenge from Joel Ward on Ndidi inside the box was checked by VAR, although no foul was given and it was Palace who headed into the break with a 1-0 advantage.
After a frustrating first half, the Foxes deservedly got themselves on level terms. Good work from Iheanacho saw the Nigeria international outmuscle his marker before teeing up Castagne, who drove past Guaita for his first goal at King Power Stadium. There was a check by VAR for handball against Iheanacho, however the goal was rightly awarded.
It took a superb last-ditch tackle from Jonny Evans to prevent Palace from retaking the lead as the Northern Ireland defender slid in to deny Benteke a goalscoring opportunity after Riedewald – one on one with Schmeichel – had squared to the striker.
On the hour-mark, Söyüncü won the ball just inside the Eagles half, leading to an opportunity for Maddison, but the No.10’s curled strike from 25 yards was held by Guaita.
The Palace stopper was on hand four minutes later to parry Vardy’s low strike at the near post, and then Schmeichel held onto Benteke’s header as both sides traded blows on Filbert Way.
With 69 minutes on the clock, Vardy found the net after Iheanacho was initially denied, however it was chalked off for offside. Immediately after, Rodgers made two chances as Ayoze Pérez and Marc Albrighton came on for Maddison and Luke Thomas with around 20 minutes of normal time remaining.
With Leicester in pursuit of a winner, the lively Vardy went agonisingly close again, this time on 78 minutes, after riding a challenge from Scott Dann before sending a low attempt across the face of goal.
Another neat move followed barely 60 seconds later, with Iheanacho and Albrighton both involved before Tielemans hammered wide of the mark as the game approached the final 10 minutes.
It would take a moment of brilliance for City to find their second goal of the night, and that came from the irresistible Iheanacho, who plucked Evans’ long pass out of the air and cut inside before unleashing an unstoppable strike beyond Guaita for his 12th goal in nine appearances in all competitions.
The in-form forward turned provider shortly after, dispossessing former Fox Patrick Van Aanholt before setting up Vardy, who couldn’t quite bring the ball under control.
As the fourth official’s board went up to signal four minutes of stoppage time, a chance to put the game beyond the visiting outfit fell to Pérez, only for Guaita to deny the Spaniard with his legs after good work from Vardy and Iheanacho.
But second-half strikes from Castagne and Iheanacho were enough for the Foxes, who battled to their 19th victory of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign