Read a full match report from the UEFA Champions League fixture between Leicester City and FC Porto at Leicester City Stadium on Tuesday 27 September, 2016.
- Leicester City recorded a 1-0 victory over FC Porto on their home UEFA Champions League debut
- Islam Slimani headed in with 26 minutes on the clock to win it for City
- It was Slimani’s third goal in four appearances for the Club
- The Foxes now sit top of Group G, two points clear of second-placed FC Copenhagen
- Kasper Schmeichel returned from injury to start the game
Islam Slimani’s solo strike handed Leicester City a memorable 1-0 victory over FC Porto in their first-ever UEFA Champions League home fixture on Tuesday evening.
The Algeria international’s third goal in four games came 26 minutes into the clash, as he headed in Riyad Mahrez’s pin-point cross before wheeling away in celebration in front of the Blue Army.
City dominated large spells of the game and had opportunities to extend their lead through Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater, while Porto struck the post late on through Jesus Corona.
But Slimani’s first-half strike proved to be enough for the Foxes, who are now top of Group G following two wins from their opening two UEFA Champions League games.
There was a place in the starting XI for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who returned from injury, while Luis Hernández was the only other change from the side that took on Manchester United in the Premier League last weekend.
Even before a ball had been kicked, the atmosphere on Filbert Way was electric. The concourses were packed with City fans fully aware that they were about to witness a historical moment for the Club.
The stadium bowl was bouncing before kick-off, as over 30,000 Foxes fans were greeted to the Champions League anthem for the very first time at Leicester City Stadium.
An early opportunity for Porto fell to Andre Silva – a striker with four league goals in six appearances already this term. He hooked the ball well wide under pressure with just three minutes gone.
Porto defender Felipe then came just inches away from turning the ball into his own net following a dangerous long throw into the box from Christian Fuchs.
A free kick – dead centre 25 yards from goal – from Mahrez struck the wall and deflected kindly into the path of Iker Casillas midway through the first half, but it was the Algeria international who would not score the first goal of the game, but set it up.
Marc Albrighton – the scorer of the Club’s first ever Champions league goal – switched the ball to Mahrez, whose neat footwork on the right wing saw him work some space and deliver into Slimani – the frontman broke free of his marker to head in for his third goal in his last four games for the Foxes.
The visitors looked for an immediate response and came close to one through Miguel Layun, who curled a free kick from distance just past Schmeichel’s upright 10 minutes after Slimani’s opener.
After the break, Alex Telles lifted a free kick from the edge of the box harmlessly over the bar, while an excellent save from Casillas at the other end kept out Mahrez’s low drive just before the hour mark.
The Foxes continued to press for a second goal, with Drinkwater this time denied following a good block inside the Porto box.
Felipe’s wayward header failed to test Schmeichel with 25 minutes to play, before the Denmark international did well to hold onto substitute Diogo Jota’s deflected strike shortly after.
Schmeichel followed that up with another fine save, as he tipped Hector Herrera’s half-volley to safety with just under 15 minutes left.
Porto’s best chance of the second period came with 83 minutes on the clock through Corona, who hammered the post with a fierce volley from just inside the area.
Mahrez sliced wide shortly after with the outside of his boot, before Jota hooked an effort well over at the other end of the pitch inside the final five minutes of the game.
Porto peppered Schmeichel’s box with deliveries, but the Foxes stood strong to seal three huge points and move two points clear of FC Copenhagen – their next opponents – at the top of Group G.
CITY: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez (Gray 88), Albrighton, Slimani (King 82), Vardy (Musa 90)
SUBS NOT USED: Zieler, Simpson, Schlupp, Okazaki
GOAL: Slimani 26
PORTO: Casillas, Marcano, Silva, Lopez (Jota 63), Telles, Andre (c) (Herrera 63), Layun, Danilo, Otavio, Felipe, Torres (Corona 77)
SUBS NOT USED:Sa, Boly, Neves, Deportee
ATTENDANCE: 31,805 (1,496 away)
REFEREE: Cuneyt Cakir