Ademola Lookman scored his first purpose for Leicester and Kelechi Iheanacho blasted residence a second because the Foxes progressed to the fourth spherical of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win over Millwall at The Den on Wednesday night.
The Premier League facet had been restricted to only one off-target effort through the first half of the tie however south Londoner Lookman, who’s on mortgage from RB Leipzig, reacted quickest to Iheanacho’s parried shot on 50 minutes to interrupt the impasse.
Foxes frontman Iheanacho ultimately grabbed a purpose for himself two minutes from time, emphatically lashing excessive into the purpose from the sting of the field to wrap up the competition.
Millwall, who threatened from lengthy throws all through the conflict, had gone near an equaliser by way of Shaun Hutchinson and Matt Smith however had been unable to make their aerial menace rely in opposition to a Leicester facet which grew in confidence and managed the match by way of the latter phases.
The win means Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has progressed from the final 24 cup ties he is managed in opposition to lower-league opposition and the FA Cup and Neighborhood Protect holders are actually simply three wins away from one other journey to Wembley.
The way it occurred…
The final time these two sides met was in 2017, when Millwall, then in League One and decreased to 10 males through the match, pulled off an almighty FA Cup shock in opposition to the defending Premier League champions, because of a last-gasp winner which despatched them into the quarter-finals.
- Millwall made seven modifications from their weekend draw with Coventry, with George Lengthy making his debut in purpose and Shaun Hutchinson and George Evans match to begin however key man Jed Wallace was out ailing.
- Leicester made eight change of their very own from their Premier League defeat to Brighton, with Danny Ward making a uncommon look in purpose and Kiernan Dewsbury-Corridor making his fifth look for the Foxes.
The Lions’ hopes of repeating that upset had been dealt a blow earlier than kick-off, with key man Jed Wallace out with sickness however Gary Rowett’s facet began positively, limiting their opponents earlier than Ryan Leonard fired large after an extended throw and Connor Mahoney pressured Danny Ward right into a save in fast succession.
Probabilities had been at a premium for each side from then on till the ultimate moments of the half, with Youri Tielemans sending Leicester’s first shot of the sport over the bar from a free-kick on 43 minutes, earlier than Ben Thompson glanced a header onto the roof of the Foxes’ internet on the stroke of half-time.
Whereas the primary half could have been brief on motion, the opening purpose got here simply 5 minutes after the restart. Millwall wastefully gave up possession from a throw-in close to the midway line, permitting Iheanacho to burst by way of and fireplace at goalkeeper George Lengthy, whose parry was gleefully thumped residence by former Charlton ahead Lookman on his return to south London.
Hutchinson headed one other flicked-on lengthy throw simply large as Millwall looked for an on the spot response earlier than sub Smith was unable to get sufficient of a connection on a Connor Mahoney free-kick to steer it the appropriate facet of the far put up.
Millwall paid for these misses within the closing phases when Iheanacho, who ought to have scored on the finish of a fast Leicester counter-attack moments earlier, received on the scoresheet with a surprising strike to ship Leicester supporters residence dreaming of one other journey to the nationwide stadium.
Millwall go to Nottingham Forest within the Championship for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, whereas Leicester host Burnley within the Premier League on the similar time.