The Fairy tale continues for the Leicester City FC who shined, once again, in the UEFA Champions league Group G matchup on Tuesday night when they hosted the Belgium team Club Brugge. Although everyone expected the Foxes to confirm their spot in the knockout stage, few could have predicted that the English side would have a clean sheet and 13 points after 5 games in the group stage.
The visitors, on the other side, have not won a single point in the first 4 games, which meant that they dreams of reaching the knockout stage were long ago cut short. This also meant that they traveled to the King Power Stadium without any pressure.
However, the game started perfectly for the home side as they jumped to an early lead in the 5th minute with a lovely goal from Okazaki who fired the ball into the roof of the net after a lovely cross from Fuchs!!!
The visitors saw little room to operate at the begin of the match as the hosts controlled the ball and came close to scoring in the 11th minute of the match when Okazaki was given another scoring opportunity from inside the area but failed to connect with the ball and wasted a nice chance.
However, the home fans did not have to wait too long to see their team score once again. Namely, in the 28th minute Dion Cools (Club Brugge) used a harsh tackle and brought one of his opponents down, giving the referee no other choice but to signal a penalty. Riyad Mahrez stepped forward and netted the ball, increasing the lead for his team to 2:0!!!
The lone real scoring chance for the visitors came in the 42nd minute when Izquierdo fired a shot towards the goal from the edge of the box, but the home side keeper Ron-Robert Zieler pulled off a superb save to keep his net empty after 45 minutes of action.
The 2nd half started with a lovely chance from the hosts in the 49th minute when Vardy saw an opportunity at the near post, but his shot went wide of the post.
The visitors finally came to life in the 52nd minute when Izquierdo found some room and scored from inside the box, ending Leicester’s spell without conceding a goal.
The host were not too shaken after the conceded goal, as they continued to move forward and create scoring chances. Even Vardy scored in the 60th minute but his goal was disallowed because of the offside position he found himself in.
The final ten minutes of the match were very dramatics as both teams had nice scoring chances but the net remained untouched and the referee blew the final whistle with Leicester Foxes collecting another 3 points and securing the knockout stage with one leg to go. It was a well-deserved win for the host and a beautiful show at the King Power Stadium.
After 5 legs, Leicester City FC remains on top of the group with 13 points, Porto is 2nd with 8 points, FC Copenhagen is ranked 3rd with 6 points, while Club Brugge remains at the bottom with 0 points.