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Posted Sat 22 Oct 16 at 17:35 PM

Match Report: Leicester City 3 Crystal Palace 1

Read a full match report from the Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at King Power Stadium on Saturday 22 October, 2016. 

- Leicester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at King Power Stadium on Saturday 
- Ahmed Musa scored his first goal for the Club to break the deadlock just before half-time 
- Shinji Okazaki made it 2-0 on 63 minutes with his first league goal of the campaign 
- Christian Fuchs hammered in a stunning half volley for his maiden City strike on 80 minutes 
- Yohan Cabaye pulled one back for Palace late on 
- Claudio Ranieri made two changes to the side that beat FC Copenhagen 

Leicester City returned to winning ways in the Premier League thanks to three brilliant strikes, as they recorded a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at King Power Stadium on Saturday. 

It was a memorable day for both Ahmed Musa and Christian Fuchs, who each netted their first goals for the Club in spectacular fashion. 

Musa opened the scoring by firing in from long range, before Shinji Okazaki pounced on a loose clearance to drill home just after the break. 

Fuchs, who signed a new deal with the Club just a day earlier, then sent an outstanding half volley into the back of the net to make it 3-0. 

The visitors pulled one back late on through Yohan Cabaye, but the Frenchman’s strike proved to be a consolation, as City deservedly went on to claim all three points. 

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to the side that recorded a 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday, as Okazaki and Musa both started. 

After a wonderfully-observed minute’s applause in appreciation of His Majesty the King of Thailand, who passed away last Thursday, the visitors got the game underway. 

It took just 90 seconds for City to register an attempt on goal. Palace stopper Steve Mandanda gave the ball straight to Okazaki, who sent a first-time chip wide from 30 yards. 

A chance for Palace followed, with Cabaye sending a long drive off target from distance, before Wes Morgan threw himself in the way of Wilfried Zaha’s low drive. 

Alan Pardew’s men continued to threaten, with Christian Benteke this time heading Martin Kelly’s delivery onto the crossbar from close range with just over 10 minutes played. 

Islam Slimani also looked dangerous in the air, as he nodded Musa’s cross onto the roof of Mandanda’s net midway through the first period. 

City began to gain a foothold in the game and further attempts followed. Riyad Mahrez saw a shot blocked by Damien Delaney, while Slimani headed off target shortly after. 

An instinctive header from Okazaki flew just over the bar on 35 minutes, but with their next attempt, the Foxes took the lead. 

Excellent hold-up play from Slimani saw the Algeria international tee up Musa, who smashed a powerful shot past Mandanda just before the break – the striker’s first goal for the Club. 

The Foxes, aiming to build on Musa’s strike, came just inches away from a second goal, as Slimani clipped the side netting with a diving header two minutes into the second period. 

Cabaye hammered high of the mark just moments later, before Danny Drinkwater’s deflected effort crept wide at the other end. 

Drinkwater next turned provider and his delivery into the box proved pivotal to City’s second goal. The midfielder saw his dangerous cross half-cleared into the path of Okazaki, who powered a half volley into the bottom corner for his first Premier League goal of the season. 

Palace, at 2-0 down, looked for a route back into the game and it took a fine save from Kasper Schmeichel to keep Zaha out at the front post. 

Fuchs then did well to block Andros Townsend’s drive from the edge of the box as City continued to repel Pardew’s forward line. 

Stopper Schmeichel was there again with just under 20 minutes to play to deny Cabaye from six yards with a brilliant save, while Danny Simpson cleared Benteke’s header off the line from the resulting corner. 

City’s defiance proved pivotal as with 10 minutes to play, they extended their advantage through Fuchs, who sent a beautiful half volley into the back of the net for his maiden City goal. 

Schmeichel denied Benteke in a one-on-one situation shortly after, but Palace did pull one back with five minutes to go through Cabaye, who side-footed in from inside the box. 

A good parry from Schmeichel saw him turn away Lee Chung-Yong’s 25-yard drive on 90 minutes, while the Denmark international was on hand late on to hold James McArthur’s volley. 

Mahrez could have restored the Foxes’ three-goal advantage in injury time, but Mandanda stood strong to deny the City forward – the final action of the game. 

CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Drinkwater, King (Amartey 87), Mahrez, Musa (Gray 81), Okazaki, Slimani (Vardy 75) 

SUBS NOT USED: Zieler, Schlupp, Albrighton, Ulloa 

GOALS: Musa 42, Okazaki 63, Fuchs 80 

PALACE: Mandanda, Ward, Tomkins, Cabaye, Townsend (Campbell 72), Zaha, Ledley (Lee 72), Benteke, McArthur, Delaney (c), Kelly (Fryers 77) 

SUBS NOT USED: Flamini, Hennessey, Wickham, Sako 

GOAL: Cabaye 85 

ATTENDANCE: 31,969 (3,275 away) 

REFEREE: Michael Oliver

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