superfly cr7 blue Striker Slimani, labelled the Dragon Slayer after
his run of goals against Porto, bagged his sixth goal of 2016 against them.
He had netted five in three games for previous club Sporting Lisbon against
Porto before his #29million deadline-day move to Leicester, and grabbed the
winner against the Dragons as the Foxes hosted a Champions League game for the
It left Leicester two points clear at the top of the table as they made it
successive Champions League wins following their opening victory at Club
Jesus Corona hit the post late on for Porto as the Foxes rode out late
pressure and Copenhagen's 4-0 win over Brugge allowed the pair breathing space
over their beaten rivals.
Defeat also continued Porto's wretched run of results in England and they
have now failed to win in 17 attempts.
Porto, now third in the group with one point, offered little apart from their
late rally and Claudio Ranieri's side should be increasingly confident of
reaching the knock-out stages.
The Italian recalled Kasper Schmeichel after he missed three games through
injury and the goalkeeper was almost embarrassed by Andre Silva's lob in the
white Porto showed more composure and threat than the Club Brugge
side Leicester brushed aside 3-0 in their opening game but that soon evaporated
as the Foxes grew into the game.
superfly black Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez began to irritate the
visitors' defence while Slimani's scoring history against them was obvious and
it was the Foxes' record signing who netted the winner on 25 minutes after
combining with Algeria team-mate Mahrez.
The winger teased an opening on the right and he swung in a delicious
delivery which begged for the finishing touch and Slimani delivered, powering in
a header from three yards.
After haunting Porto in the Primeira Liga there was little sign of the
28-year-old stopping and the visitors quickly ran out of ideas.
Miguel Layun's free-kick dropped inches wide after 33 minutes but Wes Morgan
and Robert Huth kept Porto under control.
The only fear for Leicester was the temperament of Turkish referee Cuneyt
Cakir, who had issued four yellow cards with varying degrees of consistency.
vapor v red He promptly booked Danilo and Huth in the opening 10
minutes of the second half as Alex Telles planted a free-kick over following
Huth's shove on Silva.
The Foxes continued in a degree of comfort though and Mahrez had Iker
Casillas scrambling to save his low 59th-minute effort.
Schmeichel had been given an easy ride by listless Porto but needed to be
alert with 18 minutes left to gather Diogo Jota's shot after it hit Morgan.
It sparked Porto to life and Schmeichel palmed Hector Herrera's half-volley
wide before surviving a huge scare with eight minutes left.
The Denmark international came for, and missed, a cross and the ball fell for
Corona who lashed a 15-yard volley against the post but Leicester survived.