FA Cup: Kelechi Iheanacho Fires Leicester Into Fifth Round
By Chidi Nwoke, Abuja.
A lone strike from Super Eagles of Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho fired Leicester City into the fifth round of the FA Cup after the Foxes beat Walsall 1-0, at the Bescot Stadium in Walsall, England.
Leicester started with Patson Daka in attack with Harvey Barnes and James Maddison supporting on the flanks. Iheanacho was on the bench.
Walsall defended brilliantly in the first half to keep the visitors out as the match was -0-0 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans missed a penalty as he saw his effort strike the post after Daka was fouled inside the box.
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Substitute Iheanacho then opened the scoring for Leicester in the 68th minute when his long range shot was deflected into the net, beating Walsall goalkeeper Owen Evans.
Iheanacho continues his impressive FA Cup record as the highest scoring African with 17 goals in 23 appearances in the history of the competition.
The match finished 1-0 in favour of Leicester City as both sides couldn’t find another goal in the encounter.
Hear from our #EmiratesFACup matchwinner 💬 pic.twitter.com/bMJf1x7S2Q
— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 28, 2023
Saturday’s FA Cup results
Walsall 0-1 Leicester City
Accrington Stanley 1-3 Leeds United
Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Birmingham City
Bristol City 3-0 West Brom Albion
Fulham 1-1 Sunderland
Ipswich Town 2-2 Burnley
Luton Town 2-2 Grimsby Town
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Fleetwood Town
Southampton 2-1 Blackpool
Preston North End 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 3-1 Reading.