Leicester beat Porto in their first home Champions League game
Leicester beat Porto in their first home Champions League game.
Leicester beat Porto in their first home Champions League game to maintain the winning start to their first season in Europe’s premier club competition.
Islam Slimani scored two goals in a 3-1 victory for his former side Sporting Lisbon against Porto.
Even this season, only three days before joining Leicester.
Slimani struck the equalising goal in a 2-1 victory for Sporting against Porto.
His headed goal to break the deadlock was a thing of true beauty.
It was Leicester’s first home goal in the Champions League and a throwback to all that was thrilling about this Leicester side last season.
Porto substitute Jesus Corona hit the post, but the Foxes held on.
Leicester lead Group F by two points from second-placed FC Copenhagen, who they meet on 18 October.
Leicester, last season’s surprise Premier League champions, have made an uncertain start to the defense of their title.
Losing three of their opening six games and conceding four goals in defeats by both Liverpool and Manchester United.
Yet the template that brought success last season – a deep, solid backline and pacey counter-attacks – was once again employed with success at a raucous King Power Stadium.
After seeing his side leak three goals to corners at Old Trafford on Saturday, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri preferred Luis Hernandez to Danny Simpson at right-back, but it was centre-halves Wes Morgan and Robert Huth who impressed.
At the other end, Mahrez caused trouble on the right in the first half, Vardy explored the channels and Slimani barely stopped running.
“We suffered in the last 10 minutes but it was important to win. Concentration was high, we were resilient, I’m very happy.
“We played with our spirit tonight. The last pass wasn’t always there, but Riyad Mahrez made one fantastic pass for Slimani.”-Ranieri said