Iheanacho, Daka Combine To Sink Spartak Moscow in Europa League Thriller
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By Amaechi Agbo
Nigeria International, Kelechi Iheanacho combined superbly with his fellow attacker, Partson Daka as the duo propelled Leicester City to a win over Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
Although Iheanacho registered no goal in the 7 goal thriller, he had two assists as Daka, fresh from his first Premier League goal against Manchester United over the weekend, scored a super hat-trick against the host.
The magnificent Patson Daka scored four coolly-taken goals as Leicester boosted their Europa League qualification hopes by brilliantly coming back from two goals down to beat Spartak Moscow.
The Zambia international has had limited opportunities to assert himself in the Foxes first team this season, but demonstrated the clever movement and composure in front of goal that prompted them to part with £22m to sign him from Red Bull Salzburg last summer.
City have struggled throughout the European campaign and had looked to be on course for another damaging defeat in the snowy Russian capital as Spartak took a 2-0 lead.
Alexander Sobolev fired in the first via a deflection before former Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses set up Jordan Larsson – the son of ex-Swedish international forward Henrik – to slot in the second.
Crucially, though, Leicester responded immediately, with Daka slotting in after getting on the end of Kelechi Iheanacho’s chipped through-ball.
The Zambia international, who was a goalscoring late substitute in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Manchester United, levelled matters soon after the break with another neat finish, again set up by Iheanacho.
And before the hour mark it was 3-2 as Daka timed his run to perfection to latch onto Youri Tielemans’ pass before slotting in low.
He was not done yet, though, with James Maddison releasing him to seal the win with another side-foot finish with 10 minutes to go.
There was still time for Spartak to scare City, courtesy of Sobolev’s second goal of the game, but the Foxes were able to hold on for the victory.
It is their first of this season’s competition, leaving them second in Group C on four points, two behind leaders Legia Warsaw, who face Italian side Napoli on Thursday.
Lift off for Daka in his Leicester career
Jamie Vardy’s evergreen ability to excel at the highest level was always likely to make Daka’s integration into this Leicester side a gradual one.
But the high hopes for the Zambian at City were evident from the moment last season’s Austrian Bundesliga player of the season opted to switch to the east midlands in the summer.
It took the 23-year-old five competitive appearances to find his first goal – that bundled late fourth against Manchester United at the weekend – but having now broken that duck he looks unwilling to stop scoring.
All four of his finishes were – dare it be said – Vardy-like in their ruthless simplicity, with the third and fourth in particular showing an ability to hang on the shoulder of the last defender before pouncing on a through-ball, much like the former England forward.
Impressively, it is the second time he has netted four goals in a game in a little over a year, also doing so for Salzburg in a 10-0 Austrian Cup win over SW Bregenz in September 2020.
With Iheanacho also excelling in Moscow, Rodgers now has a whole raft of in-form attacking talent at his disposal as they seek a level of consistency in results to match the last two seasons.
However, they still have issues to work through at the other end of the field.
Spartak’s high pressing caused them problems and the Russian side’s ability to exploit poor positioning and the space left by it meant that each of Daka’s four strikes was required to secure victory.