Slimani slays Dragons for 7th time in 1-0 victory

KILL SHOT: Leicester's Slimani (in blue) scoring his team's first goal during the match against Porto on Tuesday. Two-time European champions Porto have now played 17 games on English soil without winning.


    Sep 29, 2016

    Slimani slays Dragons for 7th time in 1-0 victory


    LEICESTER City striker Islam Slimani resumed his torment of Porto as the Premier League champions preserved their 100 per cent Champions League record with a narrow 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

    Playing in their first ever Champions League home game, Claudio Ranieri's Leicester prevailed, thanks to Slimani's 25th-minute header, to make it two wins from two in Group G.

    Slimani earned the nickname The Dragon Slayer for his scoring feats against Porto with former club Sporting Lisbon and he has now scored seven goals in seven career appearances against The Dragons.

    "I was very confident with Slimani because Slimani often scored against Porto when he was a Sporting player," said Ranieri.

    "We suffered in the last 10 minutes, but it was important to win. Concentration was high, we were resilient. I'm very happy."

    Eight years to the day previously at the King Power Stadium, Leicester had beaten Hartlepool United 1-0 in an unremarkable English third-tier game.

    Eight years on, they are the champions of England and having won 3-0 at Club Brugge in their opening group fixture, their fans will already be dreaming of a place in the last 16.

    Two-time European champions Porto, meanwhile, have now played 17 games on English soil without winning, losing and failing to score on their last five visits.

    "I just wish the players had played from the first minute as in the last 15 minutes, because we played well in the last 15 minutes," said Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

    "It is not easy to come to the Premier League champions and start from the first minute like we finished, but that is the challenge and I'm quite optimistic for the future."