Cape Town - Kelechi
Iheanacho played a starring role for Leicester as they came from behind
to beat Leeds 3-1 in the EFL Cup fourth round at the King Power Stadium
Foxes caretaker manager Michael Appleton was looking for his second
straight win since replacing Craig Shakespeare at the helm, but his
night got off to a bad start as the Championship outfit took a
26th-minute lead through Pablo Hernandez.
However, the hosts hit back swiftly with Iheanacho's first goal for
his new club restoring parity on the half-hour mark, before second-half
goals from Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez completed the comeback win.
Thomas Christiansen's side found their feet first after a scrappy
opening, and Jay-Roy Grot saw his close-range effort blocked by Ben
Hamer after playing a one-two with Kemar Roofe.
Hamer was called into action again moments later when Roofe got off a
shot from the edge of the box, but there was nothing he could do to
prevent Hernandez from breaking the deadlock on 26 minutes.
The Spanish winger found himself surrounded by defenders, but did
well to make room for a shot from 25 yards out that went in off the
Their lead lasted just four minutes, however, as Iheanacho latched
onto a mistake from Felix Wiedwald, who challenged Islam Slimani but
diverted the ball into the path of the Nigerian, who slotted home from
19 yards out to get off the mark for Leicester.
The Premier League club then piled on the pressure, with Demarai Gray
failing to capitalise on another spill from Wiedwald, before the winger
smashed an effort against the bar from just outside the area.
After Gray, Andy King and Slimani failed to take the opportunities
that came their way, the hosts finally struck again on 71 minutes
through the Algerian striker, who converted Iheanacho's low cross from
Mahrez made certain of victory at the death as he went on a mazy run
and picked out the bottom-left corner of the net with a shot from
outside the box two minutes from time.