Leicester routed their nearest challengers to take management of Europa League Group G and make a candy piece of historical past. Two objectives by Kelechi Iheanacho and one every by Dennis Praet and James Maddison helped the membership to their largest margin of victory in continental competitors.
Extra considerably for the long run, Brendan Rodgers’ crew have most factors from three group matches this season and will verify early qualification for the knockout levels by beating Braga once more after they journey to Portugal in three weeks’ time.
Braga had been no pushover and gave Leicester a few scares right here earlier than theyran out emphatic winners. There have been loads of particular person performances to admire – particularly Maddison and Wesley Fofana – however what struck most was the all-round slickness and effectivity of Leicester, even amid a spate of accidents and with 4 voluntary modifications to the lineup from Monday’s Premier League victory over Leeds.
“[Braga] are an excellent aspect and so they gave us some issues within the first half,” Rodgers mentioned. “Within the second half we confirmed our energy and method and our attacking play was excellent. We scored 4 excellent objectives and possibly might have had one or two extra. It was a fantastic win.”
Leicester seemed sharp with out threatening to infiltrate the savvy visiting defence till the twentieth minute, when Iheanacho virtually ran the ball into the online after a handy guide a rough one-two with Maddison. The Nigerian was allowed to scamper all the way in which into the six-yard field, whereupon Matheus, the goalkeeper, tried to cease him however succeeded solely in sending the ball ricocheting off him and again in direction of purpose, leaving the striker to prod it into an unguarded web.
Matheus did higher simply earlier than the break when he tipped away a rasping drive by Maddison after beautiful service by Iheanacho. However simply after the interval the goalkeeper was left perplexed when Iheanacho’s seemingly innocent shot from 25 yards was re-routed into the online by way of a deflection off Bruno Viana. Iheanacho then turned provider, sending a bobbly go throughout the face of purpose for Dennis Praet to transform moments after being launched from the bench.
Maddison received the purpose his efficiency deserved when he beat two defenders and completed from shut vary. It was a great manner for him to react to being omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad. “I wish to be within the squad,” he mentioned. “It’s dream since I used to be a child and I’ve had a style of it.”