Leicester City beat FC Copenhagen by 1-0
After this victory foxes are just one win away from qualification for the Champions League knockout phase.
Riyad Mahrez struck a first-half winner for Leicester City in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester’s win was not without its anxious moments, with former Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius heading inches wide moments after the Foxes had taken the lead.
Mahrez, recalled to the starting line-up having begun Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League loss to Chelsea on the bench, was in the right place to capitalise on Islam Slimani‘s header and break the deadlock five minutes before the interval.
His mid-air flick proved enough to secure Claudio Ranieri‘s side a third straight win in their debut campaign in the competition and they sit five points clear at the top of Group G having yet to concede a goal in Europe.
Foxes may just fancy their chances of taking the dream journey a step further after becoming only the fifth competition debutants in Champions League history, after AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Juventus and Malaga, to win their opening three games.
Vardy has now gone eight games without a goal – a decline that might be partly explained by the fact he is now providing support for £29m man Slimani, whereas last season he was, along with Mahrez, the focal point, with team-mates working for him.
Against Copenhagen, he was often seen on the flanks and played his part in creating the goal, crossing from the left for Slimani to head into goalscorer Mahrez’s path.
Home fans certainly appreciated his efforts, which were rewarded with a standing ovation when he was replaced by Shinji Okazaki.
The victory ensures they remain top of their group with the maximum of nine points to leave them on the brink of the knockout stages.