#Leicester City beat FC Porto 1-0 on this Tuesday (27) match, for the second round of the #Champions League group stage. The game was played at Leicester's King Power stadium and the goal was scored by Islam Slimani 25 minutes into the first half. This enhanced the Foxes' leadership of the Group G, where they have now 6 points, while FC Copenhagen is second, with four points. Slimani was bought from Sporting, where he was nicknamed "Dragon Slayer" for his frequent goals against Porto in Portuguese domestic competitions (the dragon being Porto's symbol). So, it seems like the Algerian is just keeping up with his habit.
Foxes having a slow start
The English champions' campaign on the Premier League has been somewhat lacklustre, with three defeats in the first six games. But although its supporters are aware that it will be difficult to repeat last season's miracle, that doesn't stop the Foxes from keeping up with their dream. At their home stadium, they faced a Porto submerged in a crisis, where the spectacular elimination of Roma in the Champions League play-off is becoming a memory of the past. The Dragons lost against Sporting, could do no better than a tie against Copenhagen and failed to score against Tondela, suffering a shocking tie against Portuguese league's dead last.
Manager Nuno Espírito Santo was unable to make his team appear confident on King Power Stadium. The Foxes dominated all the first half, while Porto only managed to appear twice on the goal defended by Kasper Schmeichel - the Dane was playing against his boyhood idol, Iker Casillas, as he later mentioned. On the other hand, Leicester was pressuring efficiently and counting on the "blue and whites" defensive problems. On minute 25, Mahrez served Vardy and Slimani, the Algerian jumping without opposition and scoring, again, a header.
Into the second half, the Portuguese manager made some changes, taking off André André and Corona, for Herrera and Diogo Jota, and Porto started dominating the game. However, and in spite of several good opportunities and some frantic final minutes, the equaliser never came.
Leicester's first home win in Champions League
This was the first ever victory of Leicester City for the Champions League at its home stadium. The next match will be against FC Copenhagen, on October 18. If they win, the Foxes could grow their leadership in Group G to 5 points, as Porto, now with just 1 point, even beating Club Brugge, could not have more than 4 points after next round. #Football