Slimani torments Porto again, Leicester win 1-0

Reuters , Tuesday 27 Sep 2016

Islam Slimani
Leicester City's Islam Slimani celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring their first goal (Reuters)

Islam Slimani kept up his hot streak against Porto by grabbing Leicester's first-half winner in a 1-0 victory in the Champions League on Tuesday, maintaining the English champions' 100 percent start to Group G.

The Algeria striker headed home from close range off a pinpoint cross by international teammate Riyad Mahrez in the 25th minute. It was Slimani's sixth goal in four games against Porto in 2016, with the other five coming for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league before his offseason move to Leicester.

Leicester opened group play with a 3-0 win at Club Brugge and is in good shape to advance to the knockout stage in its first-ever season in the Champions League.

Porto couldn't translate second-half dominance to goals at King Power stadium, with Jesus Corona smashing a volley against the post in the 83rd minute. The two-time European champions have one point from two games.

Slimani picked up the nickname the "Dragon Slayer" at Sporting because of his penchant for scoring against Porto, which is sometimes referred to as the Dragons. On his final appearance for Sporting before joining Leicester for a club-record fee $33.5 million in August, he scored in a 2-1 win over Porto.

He was at it again here — and he could hardly miss from Mahrez's inswinging cross from the right. The move started with Marc Albrighton switching play with a brilliant long pass to Mahrez, and ended with Slimani outmuscling his marker to head in from the edge of the six-yard box.

Slimani now has three goals in four games for Leicester.

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