Premier League: Leicester beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to strengthen its grip on European spot

Timothy Castagne and Kelechi Iheanacho scored in the second half to earn an impressive win for Leicester against Palace.

Leicester City beat Crystal Palace 2-1 courtesy of two second half goals from Castagne and Iheanacho; Credit: Twitter/@LCFC

Leicester City came from behind to win 2-1 against Crystal Palace at the King Power stadium in the Premier League on Monday. Wilfried Zaha gave the visitors the lead in the 12th minute. Leicester scored two second half goals to seal the three points and move four points clear of fourth placed Chelsea. Kelechi Iheanacho continued his impressive goal scoring form with the late winner for Leicester. He was also involved in the first goal Leicester scored. The win strengthened their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Earlier, Eberechi Eze released Zaha with a precise through ball between the Leicester defense and the Ivory Coast striker finished it off with a first-time shot into the net.

Leicester got the equalizer in the 50th minute. Iheanacho impressively controlled a Tielemans ball over the Palace defense with his first touch and set up Timothy Castagne to fire it in past Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. It was Castage’s first goal at the King Power stadium.

Few minutes after the equalizer, Crystal Palace was denied by a Jonny Evans’ last-ditch sliding tackle. Zaha released Eze, who set it up for Benteke to tap in into the empty net, but Evans came sliding in to deny the Belgian striker.

Late drama

Ten minutes from time, Iheanacho scored his 12th goal in 9 games to seal three points for Leicester. Jonny Evans delivered a long ball towards Iheanacho. The Nigerian striker controlled it with his silky touch and then beat defender Scott Dann to fire in a powerful left footed shot into the roof of the net.

Leicester had the bulk of the ball possession (67%) and managed to hit five shots on target compared to Crystal Palace’s two.

Crystal Palace are placed 13th in the points table with 38 points from 32 games. It was their third loss in the last five Premier League games.

After the win, Leicester strengthened their third spot with 62 points from 33 games, five points behind second placed Manchester United and seven points above fifth placed West Ham United. With five games remaining to play, Brendan Rodgers side will be wary of not repeating last season’s debacle, when they lost three out of the last five games to finish at the fifth spot from a similar position.




WRITTEN BY
Sportslumo Desk

What do you think about the Article? Tell us

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.