Spartak Moscow 3, Leicester 4, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Europa League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers made a few changes for the game v. Man Utd, but surprisinlgy not as many as we would have thought, fielding Tielemans, Soumare and Maddison from start as he did in the weekend. He also kept the three in the back, Amartey, Soyuncu and Evans as the three got a stumbling start.

The first half became something of a nightmare for Leicester with Spartak taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Sobolov and Larsson, but just before the whistle signal Patson Daka turned up and socred an important concelation goal.

So the game was a bit in the open going into the 2nd half and Brendan Rodgers hopeful of getting something out of the partnership with Daka and Iheanacho up front and what a reward he was given.

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Patson Daka just continued to score and after 9 minutes in the 2nd half he had scored two more, Leicester were in the lead and we all could see what a top forward this young player is, but he was not finished rushing through the Spartak defense for another goal, hitting his fourth in the game and all Leicester goals.

Spartak Moscow did come back late in the game and in the 85th minute they scared Leicester once again with a 2nd goal from Sobolev who showed his skills and why he must be guarded carefully.

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Leicester manged to keep Spartak quiet for the late minutes of the game and six times into stoppage time we could finally take our smiley faces on as we celebrated a great win which did look very difficult going into 2nd half, but for Leicester fans just great as we know can look forward to the final games and hopefully win a place in the next rounds.

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Brendan Rodgers made his moves also in this game, and especially when taking off Jonny Evans it looks as if the team just pull of the the gas pedal. But again Evans was pulled off after 82 minutes, could not see that he was injured or had any problems today and if ok, but if not, whiy not keep the best player in this defence on the field, he is so vital.

Yannik Vestergaard again looked a bit lost and especially on the 3rd Spartak goal he was just standing still and not moving to try to win the battle and strangely not really looked like he had anything with it to do, he needs to step up his game and take part as Leicester need every bode available going forward.

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This win was very crucial as three games are still to be played, at home to Legia and Spartak and an away fixture v. Napoli. The group is an open affair but this three points and of course watching Patson Daka scoring four was fantastic.

Two great wins in two games and four goals scored in both is not usual to see, but it might be the ketchup effect taking place as Leicester rides again and great to see that Daka is taking part as well as watching Soumare also playing well, hopefully Youri Tielemans will shake off his possible injury.

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Leicester will will be up against Brentford in the Premier League on Sunday and a new exciting fixture after that at home to Brighton in the EFL Cup quarter finals coming in a week.

  • Positives
    • Four fantastic goals scored by Patson Daka
    • Coming back after being 2-0 down
    • Difficult fixture and bringing it home
    • Daniel Amartey growing in his role and getting a chance to establish himself finally
    • Soumara showing his talent, a player who cannot be placed on the bench, never
    • Maddison also showing progress, good to see
  • Negatives:
    • Letting in early goals
    • Tielemans problem, hopefully not a big issue
    • Two yellow cards on Pereira and Soumare

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 6, Thomas 6, Evans 7, Soyuncu 6, Soumare 8, Tielemans 7, Maddison 7, Iheanacho 7, Daka 10, Pereira 6, Subs: Albrighton, Bertrand, Choudhury

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Patson Daka

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 43 / 57
  • Corners: 5 / 6
  • Shots on target: 4 / 6
  • Fouls: 18 / 12

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