Leicester 3, Zorya 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers fielded James Maddison from start and suddenly Leicester City were a better team, Christian Fuchs also got a rare chance to prove himself in a 90 minute display, and the rest of the team also contributed well.

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But it was Zorya who had a great chance to score early on, but a great save from Kasper Schmeichel stopped Leicester City from another humiliation and from then on it was just one team on the field, with James Maddison giving Leicester City the lead after 29 minutes, fantastically assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Leicester continued to press and Harvey Barnes was the next man on the goal sheet for Leicester when he just glided inside the Zorya penalty area and easily put the ball brilliantly behind the Zorya goalkeeper, and this game was in real finished after 45 minutes with that stunning goal by Barnes.

Leicester came out second half and just started to play out their register again and it was Kelechi Iheanacho who got a passing gift from Zorya as he just shot the ball down in the left corner and good to see Kelechi scoring after two fine assists.

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Brendan Rodgers made a number of changes giving Cengiz Under a number of minutes, Hamza Choudhury, Ayoze Perez, Wes Morgan and James Justin also came on as this tournament allows five subs to be used during a game.

Wesley Fofane also had a chance to score but his header went wide and still have to wait for his first Leicester City goal. Another controlled and good performance from the teenager.

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Brendan Rodgers must be relieved that the team is back on winning ways and with a number of injuries he managed to get it right with his game plan, and of course having James Maddison on the field makes a difference.

It was a must win, but all credit to players and management as they managed to bring the game into the field they should and as predicted made it a good day in the office.

  • Positives
    • James Maddison back from start
    • Harvey Barnes playing an important role, stepping up
    • Kelechi Iheanacho with a goal and two assists, brilliant
    • Scoring three is always great, getting a great start
    • A female referee that whistled brilliantly, great performance
    • Christian Fuchs back in action, doing well
    • Kasper Schmeichel showing his best when needed the most
  • Negatives:
    • Nothing really, everything went as planned
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 6, Fuchs 6, Fofana 7, Evans 7, Mendy 7, Praet 6, Barnes 8, Iheanacho 8, Tielemans 6, Maddison 9 Subs: Under, Choudhury, Perez, Justin, Morgan
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 46 / 54
  • Corners: 6 / 2
  • Shots on target: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 8 / 9

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