Leicester City has sealed their historic home debut in the Champions League with a victory after defeating Porto by 1-0.
The Premier League champions’ record signing Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the match in the first half with a header thanks to a cross supplied from his Algerian compatriot Riyad mahrez.
From that point on the Claudio Ranieri’s men stayed disciplined and organized to protect their lead. Danny Drinkwater and Daniel Amartey worked tirelessly in central midfield and used the ball intelligently, while Vardy’s pace gave Leicester the chance to stretch Porto at times.
At the other end of the pitch, Kasper Schmeichel, returning after a three-match absence, made some important saves during the nervy moments towards the end of the game.
Thanks to their resolute defense and control in the game, Leicester managed to soak up the pressure and hold on to a victory celebrated with huge cheers at the final whistle.
It was relief as much as pride in those celebrations at the end of a momentous occasion, especially for a club hosting their first Champions League matches only seven years after they won the League One title.
More importantly, they stand unrivalled on top of Group G with 6 points, and are just a few points away from challenging the knockout stages in what was already a historic moment for them.
“I am very happy, it’s the first match at home in the Champions League in 132 years, and it was important to win against Porto,” Ranieri said after the game.
“We showed very good character, attitude and personality. But now it’s important to clean our minds and go back to the Premier League.”