Cape Town - Leicester
City needed extra time to defeat Derby County 2-1 in the FA Cup at the
King Power Stadium on Wednesday night and earn their place in the fifth
round of the competition.
After a goalless first half Andy King broke the deadlock less than 60
seconds after half time. However, Abdoul Camara equalised for the Derby
15 minutes later and the match went into extra time.
The Rams had fought bravely over both rounds of the tie but they
eventually succumbed in extra time of the replay with Wilfred Ndidi
scoring in the 94th minute before Demarai Gray securing their passage
into the fifth round 20 minute later.
Leicester may have expected to have the better of the game at home
against Championship club Derby, but should have known better after the
Rams forced this replay with a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
The visitors went toe-to-toe with their more illustrious opponents once again and arguably had the better of the first half.
However, they were unable to produce a goal and the Foxes burst out
the gate after the break with Gray capping off a good team move with a
bullet cross to the back post for Marc Albrighton, who nodded the ball
down for King to nod in the finishing touch.
However, as was the theme with the dual between these two sides,
Derby were soon back in the tie with Camara's free kick took a wicked
deflection to wrong-foot Zieler and bring the scores back to 1-1 in the
There was some controversy late on when Matej Vydra was denied a
penalty with five minutes left on the clock and the match was forced
into extra time.
However, that is where the Rams resistance finally buckled. In the
94th minute, Ndidi was fed by a lovely pass from Riyad Mahrez, before
taking the ball up the field and blasting the ball in off the post to
score his first goal for the club and what an important one it was.
Twenty minutes later, the tie was all but over when Gray burst into
the box and skilled his way past Richard Keogh and Vydra before smashing
his side into an unassailable 3-1 lead.