Iheanacho Fires Leicester to FA Cup Q’finals
Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a 94th-minute winner as Leicester City edged past Brighton 1-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Substitute Iheanacho nodded in from Youri Tielemans’ cross to settle an otherwise unremarkable contest.
Iheanacho’s compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi was on duty for 62 minutes before giving way for Hamza Choudhury.
With both sides making seven changes for the tie, the first half was a slow burner and neither team were able to register a single shot on target.
The second half improved slightly with Andi Zeqiri and Cengiz Under both having efforts ruled out for offside.
The quarter-final draw takes place today, with matches being played across the weekend of 20-21 March.
Brendan Rodgers’ side, now beaten just once in 13 games, reached the last eight of the competition for the second successive season – but a nasty-looking knee injury to James Justin will take the gloss off the result.
The in-form English full-back landed awkwardly in the second half and seemed to jar his leg on impact with the turf. He was carried off on a stretcher.
The two best openings of a lacklustre 45 minutes fell to Adam Lallana but the Brighton midfielder was unable to work goalkeeper Danny Ward with either of his strikes from outside the area.
The lively Zeqiri curled wide and had a low shot kept out by Leicester’s second-choice keeper Ward. At the other end Turkey international Under’s effort, following a lovely one-two with James Maddison, was pushed away by Christian Walton.
With the prospect of extra time and penalties looming on a chilly evening, the Foxes played a quick corner deep in injury time and Iheanacho popped up to nod home his fifth of the season.