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Iheanacho secures vital win for Leicester over Palace
- Updated: April 27, 2021
LEICESTER, England: In-form Kelechi Iheanacho’s late stunner earned Leicester City a crucial 2-1 home victory over Crystal Palace which tightened their grip on third place in the Premier League on Monday (Apr 26).
Nigerian Iheanacho set up Leicester’s equaliser for Timothy Castagne just after halftime, then smashed home an 80th-minute winner to complete the turnaround at the King Power Stadium.
He has now scored 12 goals in his last nine games in all competitions for Leicester who are closing in on a place in next season’s Champions League.
Thirteenth-placed Palace were the better side in the first half and took the lead through Wilfried Zaha in the 12th minute.
Leicester responded well though to claim the win that moved them seven points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham United.
They have 62 points from 33 games played, five behind second-placed Manchester United and four ahead of Chelsea.
If Leicester do go on to secure the top-four finish that eluded them last season after a late slump, they will have the 24-year-old Iheanacho to thank.
The former Manchester City player was a bit-part player earlier in the season but he has taken his game to new heights since February as Jamie Vardy’s strike partner.
“He is a talented player and when you are a striker the rhythm of games is important and over the last few months he has been absolutely incredible,” Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said of Iheanacho’s impact.
“The goal he scored tonight was sheer quality.”
With Leicester looking for some inspiration, Iheanacho showed great strength in the 50th minute to get on the end of Youri Tielemans’ pass, shrug off Cheikhou Kouyate and lay the ball back for Castagne to blast into the top corner.