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Algeria's Mahrez scores as Leicester continue revival under Shakespeare

Reuters , Saturday 18 Mar 2017
 Riyad Mahrez
Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates with Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (L) and Leicester City's English defender Danny Simpson after scoring during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Leicester City at The London Stadium, in east London on March 18, 2017 AFP
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Leicester City continued their revival under new manager Craig Shakespeare as a 3-2 win at West Ham United on Saturday gave the English champions their first away league win of the season.

Shakespeare's fourth successive victory in all competitions since he took over from title-winning manager Italian Claudio Ranieri last month left Leicester in 15th position on 30 points from 28 games, six above the relegation zone.

"We needed something from today to go into the international break," Shakespeare said after seeing his side hang on in a frantic finale, having been rescued by some fine goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel.

"Kasper made some big saves but he's the first to say that's what he's there for.

"We can't get carried away. It's three Premier League wins but it's feet firmly on the ground."

Still buzzing after a shock 3-2 aggregate midweek win over Spanish side Sevilla in the Champions League last 16, Leicester stunned West Ham with two goals in the opening seven minutes.

Riyad Mahrez fired them ahead after five minutes with a cross which eluded everyone in the penalty area and deceived goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Robert Huth headed the second two minutes later after a lovely Marc Albrighton cross.

Manuel Lanzini hauled the home side back into the contest in the 20th minute with a superb free kick into the top right corner from 22 metres but their joy was short-lived as Jamie Vardy made it 3-1 with an opportunist goal before the interval.

The Foxes were on the back foot after forward Andre Ayew headed in West Ham's second, with the home side laying siege to Leicester's goal in the last 25 minutes.

Schmeichel produced two stunning saves to deny Andy Carroll while Ayew blasted over from seven metres with the goal at his mercy.

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