By; Thomas Odongo.
The UEFA Champions League (UCL) game between Leicester City and FC Porto on Tuesday, 28th September 2016 at the King Power stadium witnessed Leicester’s UCL good performance continue. The game that was attended by an average of 32,000 people witnessed the Foxes come on top after a 1-0 victory over the Portuguese side.
It was Slimani who gave the hosts the lead in the 25th minute when he got in front of his marker and turned in Mahrez’s right-wing cross from close range. Miguel Layun curled a free-kick narrowly wide at the other end as Porto struggled to make an impact in open play in the first half. Leicester, however looked dangerous on the break and Mahrez saw a low shot saved by Casillas in the 59th minute. The visitors piled on the pressure in the final 20 minutes, with Schmeichel tipping a half volley from Hector Herrera around the post and Silva failing to control in a promising position. Corona went closest for Porto when his deflected volley struck the post, but Leicester held out to secure a second straight win and second straight clean sheet in the group.
Leicester’s next opponents, Copenhagen, beat Club Brugge 4-0 in the other game in Group G and that result means the Foxes who are two points clear at the top in the early standings could take control of the group if they beat the Danish side in three weeks’ time. The foxes have not yet conceded any goal in the UCL something that is very rare in the league (two clean sheets and 100% winning ratio).
This was the first time for Leicester City to host a UCL game and their second UCL match. Their first UCL match was against Club Brugge on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 and they won it 3-0.
Champions, Real Madrid were also in action with Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park. The game that was attended by an average of 66,000 people resulted into a 2-2 draw with Ronaldo opening the score at the 17th minute hence giving the visitors an early lead. Just before the break, Dortmund notched through Aubameyang hence levelling the game at the break. At the 68th minute Real Madrid again took the lead through Varane. That was not enough for the visitors to secure the three points as former Chelsea and Wolfsburg star, Schurrle notched for the hosts and the two shared spoils.
Other UCL results of games played on Tuesday, 27th September 2016; CSK Moscow 0-1 Tottenham, Din Zagreb 0-4 Juventus, Sporting 2-0 Leg Warsaw, Monaco 1-1 Leverkusen, Sevilla 1-0 Lyon, FC Cop’ha 4-0 Club Brugge.
UCL Wednesday, September 28, 2016 fixtures are; Ludogorets vs. PSG, Napoli vs. Benfica, Celtic vs. Man City, FC Rostov vs. PSV Eindhoven.