Iheanacho on fire as four-star Leicester rout Braga

Leicester kept up their excellent form to make it three wins from three in the Europa League with a 4-0 success over Braga at King Power Stadium.

Kelechi Iheanacho was the toast of the night with a brace to keep The Foxes at the top of Group G. He opened the scoring after 20 minutes, slotting home following some excellent work from James Maddison.

The England midfielder had been felled by Al Musrati just a few minutes earlier and needed treatment. However, he showed no ill effects to assist the Foxes opener with a pinpoint pass.

Iheanacho’s initial shot was saved but he took advantage of the rebound to slot the ball into an empty net.

The visitors forced Kasper Schmeichel into a save six minutes later. Joao Novais’ cross was met by Bruno Viana but his header was pushed over.

Maddison was at it again just after the half hour mark, unleashing a fierce drive that just flew over the bar.

The hosts were good value for their 1-0 lead but it was 2-0 just three minutes after the interval thanks to Iheanacho. Cengiz Under found the Nigerian 25 yards out and he unleashed a fierce drive that was too good for Matheus. In truth, the visiting keeper should have done a bit better.

Maddison then tried a repeat of Jamie Vardy’s spectacular volley during the title-winning season but his effort from distance flew wide of the target.

Iheanacho wasn’t finished there as he turned provider for the hosts’ third. The forward laid it on a plate for substitute Dennis Praet to slot home.

Ayoze Perez replaced the excellent Iheanacho on 72 minutes while Harvey Barnes came on for Youri Tielemans.

Maddison’s display deserved a goal and it duly came 12 minutes from time. The talented schemer danced his way through the Braga defence before completing a neat finish.

It was a stunning display by Brendan Rodgers’ men and one that will turn a few heads among the European heavyweights.

 

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