Slimani scores again as Leicester beat Porto

Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:35pm EDT
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LEICESTER, England (Reuters) - Leicester City forgot their domestic struggles to secure a second successive Champions League victory as Islam Slimani tormented a familiar foe by grabbing the only goal in a 1-0 win over Porto on Tuesday.

Leicester sit top of Group G with six points after Slimani headed powerfully home from a Riyad Mahrez cross in the first half for his sixth goal in his last four matches against Porto, having joined Leicester from Sporting Lisbon in August.

It was the first time Leicester had tasted Champions League soccer at home and they came into the game on the back of a 4-1 defeat to Manchester United and a run of poor form in the Premier League, but they looked comfortable throughout against Porto.

The visitors, who have one point from their opening two group games, did manage to rattle the post late on through Jesus Corona, but they were unable to exert sufficient pressure as they failed to win for the 17th time in England.

"We played with our spirit tonight," Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said as his team stayed two points clear of FC Copenhagen at the top of the group.

"The last pass wasn't always there, but Riyad Mahrez made one fantastic pass for Slimani."

Leicester may be Champions League novices but in Slimani, the English side had a player who knew their experienced Portuguese opponents well and had enjoyed remarkable success against them.

He was signed from their rivals Sporting having scored freely against Porto in recent meetings and he was causing them trouble soon after kick off at the King Power stadium.

The Algerian served warning when he headed a Marc Albrighton free kick straight at Porto keeper Iker Casillas after 11 minutes but he was more clinical 14 minutes later.   Continued...

Britain Soccer Football - Leicester City v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group G - King Power Stadium, Leicester, England - 27/9/16
Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Luis Hernandez, Kasper Schmeichel and Daniel Amartey  celebrate after the game 
Reuters / Eddie Keogh