Leicester - Riyad Mahrez made it three wins out of three for
Leicester on their Champions League debut, clinching a 1-0 victory for the Group
G leaders over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
are in a strong position to reach the knockout phase, holding a five-point lead
over Copenhagen and FC Porto halfway through the group stage.
first-half goal ended Danish league leader Copenhagen's 21-game unbeaten run in
all competitions. But while Leicester is thriving in European football's elite
competition, Claudio Ranieri's team is floundering in its English title defence.
has more points from three European games (nine) than from eight Premier League
games (eight) this season.
domestic struggles have been epitomized by the goal drought being endured by
Jamie Vardy, who was the team's top scorer last season during the astonishing
run to a first Premier League title.
Vardy failed to score for an eighth successive game on Tuesday, the striker was
the architect of the only goal against the Danish visitors at the King Power
Stadium. Five minutes before halftime, Vardy's cross was headed by Islam
Slimani to fellow Algerian Mahrez, who flicked the ball into the net from close
had a goal ruled out in the second half when Slimani was adjudged to be offside
when he met Marc Albrighton's cross.
close minutes, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's superb reflexes secured the three
points for Leicester by keeping out Andreas Cornelius' shot with a one-handed
other Group G game, Porto beat Club Brugge 2-1 to condemn the bottom-place
Belgian side to a third successive loss.