Leicester 4 – 0 Braga

first_imgHe turned provider with a wonderfully disguised pass from a shooting position to tee up Dennis Praet midway through the half (67) before James Maddison got on the scoresheet after evading Raul Silva’s challenge with 12 minutes remaining.The victory moves Leicester three points clear at the top of their Europa League group, ahead of their visitors, with three wins from three games – and already on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages.How Leicester outfoxed BragaIf there were any worries remaining about how seriously the Foxes are taking the Europa League this season, Brendan Rodgers’ decision to retain seven of the line-up who won at Leeds only 72 hours prior would have extinguished that doubt.- Advertisement – That was about as good as it got for Braga after the break, as Leicester continued to improve and added a third when Iheanacho, looking likely to shoot from another lovely Maddison ball, instead rolled it through for Praet to slot home moments after coming on.The Foxes summed up their nickname even with such a convincing advantage, harrying and pressing their opponents into mistake after mistake, and saw Maddison score the goal his performance deserved 12 minutes from time when he fired past Matheus in the final chance of note.What’s next?Leicester host Wolves on Super Sunday live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm; Kick-off at 2pm.Braga face a tough trip to second-placed Benfica on Sunday night in the Primeira Liga; Kick-off at 8pm. In a reversal of roles, Iheanacho’s run and perfect pass found the dangerman just outside the box, and after turning inside Viana with an exquisite touch, pulled a superb full-length stop out of Matheus with his bottom-corner-bound effort.Moments like that can prove pivotal in games, but two minutes into the second period the Foxes put aside any worries with another stroke of good luck, when Viana’s unwitting deflection on Iheanacho’s long-range effort took it into the far corner beyond the stranded goalkeeper.Braga had momentary hopes of a comeback when Joao Novais poked the ball through for Paulinho, who planted the ball wide from a fine position on the left of Schmeichel’s box. Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester thrashed Braga 4-0 to keep up their perfect start in the Europa League group stage.A touch of fortune helped Iheanacho bundled in an opener 20 minutes when Matheus could not hold his heavy touch and allowed him to tap in from close-range, with a significant deflection off Bruno Viana helping his 25-yard drive beat the goalkeeper again two minutes into the second period.- Advertisement – Against another side with a 100 per cent record from their opening two games, the hosts would have impressed their manager with how they were straight into their stride, but both teams routinely saw their back threes turn into fives without the ball, restricting a route to goal at either end.It took a nicely disguised ball from Maddison to carve out the first real chance of the night, which would give Leicester the lead. Iheanacho’s heavy touch looked to have turned his pass into Matheus’ body, but a touch of fortune saw it rebound off the goalkeeper and deliver the striker a tap-in. Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates with Leicester City team-mates after putting them 2-0 up against BragaImage:Iheanacho celebrates with Leicester City team-mates after putting them 2-0 up against Braga Kelechi Iheanacho puts Leicester City ahead against BragaImage:Iheanacho opened the scoring with a close-range tap-in – Advertisement – At the other end, Viana should have done better when rising above James Justin from a corner which he nodded straight at Kasper Schmeichel, but in a half of few other chances, a moment of magic from Maddison could have put Leicester in full control moments before the break.- Advertisement –last_img read more

3 takeaways from No. 12 Syracuse’s 9-8 overtime win against No. 2 Duke

first_imgCICERO — Syracuse hosted a true-home game away from the Carrier Dome for the first time in 30 years on Sunday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Fans lined the fencing around the turf and tucked themselves into walkaways as the stadium filled 20 minutes prior to gametime. After four quarters on a 40-degree spring afternoon, the No. 12 Orange (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) came back, again, and beat No. 2 Duke (7-1, 0-1), 9-8, in overtime Michael J. Bragman Stadium. Here are three takeaways from the game. Three’s company For the third-straight week, Syracuse overcame a mutli-goal, fourth-quarter deficit. Two weeks ago against Johns Hopkins, the Orange roared back with a 6-2 run. Last week, they toppled Rutgers with eight fourth-frame scores and won 18-14. Trailing 8-4 after scoring just once in the third quarter, the Orange mounted another rally. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNate Solomon, Bradley Voigt and David Lipka each scored within minutes of each other and with 1:24 left, Stephen Rehfuss finished the equalizer. After losing the opening draw, SU posted a defensive stand. Duke matched. And eventually, Brendan Curry scored the winner, white jerseys moshed and the Orange secured their first conference win Brick wall SU’s first offensive possession looked promising. As Jacob Buttermore slid toward Turner Uppgren’s left, an Orange-clad fan in the sideline muttered, “Get it. Get it.” Buttermore craned back and ripped but missed wide. Syracuse’s offense had little quality scoring-chances early on Sunday, and when it did, they were often wasted. Duke’s top-10 scoring defense in the country (9.00 allowed goals per game) stymied the Orange, throwing big bodies in front of the crease and letting SU’s shooters try from distance. The unit consisting partially of 6-foot-7 Walker Scaglione, 6-foot-4 Wilson Stephenson and 6-foot-1 Cade Van Raaphorst clogged passing lanes and locked down shooters.On one first half sequence, Syracuse totaled four shots and corralled the miss each time. Voigt was trapped in the corner securing a loose ball and flicked a pass to Rehfuss that drew applause from the crowd. But another misguided pass resulted in another turnover, triggering a groan from the crowd and a holler from the Duke sidelines. Eventually, SU started missing the few open white jerseys that broke free in transition. When it settled, the Orange registered poor looks or bounced shots with an expiring shot clock. After the last shot of the first quarter one-hopped Uppgren, a fan yelled “Too easy.” It remained that way until the fourth quarter, when SU’s offense broke out.As advertisedWhile the Blue Devils’ defense shone, Duke’s offense also relied on their season-long specialities. The visitors entered the game with eight different-double digit scorers and featured four-different producers to take the first and only advantage it would need. Sophomore attack Joe Robertson — Duke’s point-leader — opened his first touch by swimming over a defender near the crease, diving and finishing. In the process, he earned a crease-push penalty that resulted in Duke’s second goal minutes later. Duke operated from behind the cage, following a season-long trend of offense’s beating the Orange from the faceoff X. Leading by a handful of goals for a majority of the contest, feeders slowed the pace and drew defenders around the field before testing Porter.With just under 10 minutes left in the game, Brad Smith assisted Jake Manown’s first goal of the game and displayed the effectiveness that carried Duke to a No. 2 ranking. After ball reached twine, Porter sat on his backside in front of the crease and chucked the ball toward the faceoff X. Comments Published on March 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more