Champions League - Group G
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Leicester City 2-1 Club Brugge

Shinji Okazaki celebrates scoring for Leicester City against Club Brugge
Shinji Okazaki is the sixth Japanese player to score a Champions League goal and the first since Keisuke Honda in November 2013

Leicester City's remarkable debut Champions League campaign continued as they reached the knockout stages with one game to spare by beating Club Brugge.

The Foxes needed a point to move into the last 16, yet secured three to ensure they will finish top of Group G.

A smart finish into the top corner by Shinji Okazaki, after a fine cross by Christian Fuchs, set Claudio Ranieri's side on their way.

Riyad Mahrez doubled the lead from the penalty spot - his fourth goal in five Champions League games - after Marc Albrighton was fouled by Dion Cools, before Jose Izquierdo hit a wonderful consolation after a 40-yard run.

Leicester were unrecognisable from the side who have struggled in the Premier League this season.

They are the second English team, after Arsenal, to secure a place in the draw for the knockout stages on 12 December.

Who's through?
In: Arsenal, Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid. Leicester City, Juventus
Out: Ludogorets, Basel, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warsaw, Tottenham, CSKA Moscow, Sporting Lisbon

European delight for domestic strugglers

The Foxes are just two points above the Premier League's relegation zone after back-to-back defeats.

Yet Ranieri's team cannot stop winning in Europe. Incredibly, they have picked up more points in the Champions League than the Premier League this season.

While they have lost to, among others, Hull City, West Bromwich Albion and Watford in the league, Leicester have beaten Brugge twice - as well as Porto and FC Copenhagen. It means they have 13 points from five games in Europe - yet only 12 from 12 matches domestically.

Leicester have won four Champions League games this season, but only three in the Premier League.

There may be disappointment that their run of four successive Champions League clean sheets is over.

Izquierdo's thumping finish, following a terrific solo run, sparked a late Brugge surge and ensured a nervous finish, yet the Belgians could not force an equaliser.

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From Glanford Park to glory

On this day eight years ago, Andy King scored the winner for Leicester in a League One game at Scunthorpe's Glanford Park. The midfielder played the full game as the Foxes wrote another chapter in their fairytale rise.

Okazaki's sublime fifth-minute finish sent home fans into raptures before Mahrez was denied by keeper Ludovic Butelle moments later.

Danny Drinkwater, Fuchs and Albrighton caused the visitors problems as Leicester turned on the style. It was Albrighton's pace that forced Cools to concede the penalty, which allowed Mahrez to make it 2-0 on the half-hour mark.

Victory almost slipped away as Brugge fought back, and nervous tension filled the night air at the King Power Stadium as Jelle Vossen went close to equalising late on.

But the final whistle was greeted by the kind of roar not heard since the Premier League trophy was paraded around the ground last season.

Man of the match - Marc Albrighton (Leicester)

Marc Albrighton
This time three years ago, Marc Albrighton was on loan at Wigan in the Championship. Now he is looking forward to a two-legged game in the Champions League knockout stages. The winger was brought down for Riyad Mahrez's penalty and was at the centre of Leicester's best moves.

'Amazing achievement'

Leicester captain Wes Morgan: "For a club like Leicester to finish top of our Champions League group is an amazing achievement. It's been better than we could have imagined.

"We felt very comfortable at 2-0 up going into half-time. We just wanted to maintain our performance. That Brugge goal was a very big blow and we had to really dig in towards the end."

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez: "I have the chance to win games and we're very happy to be first and keep going in the Champions League because it's an unbelievable feeling.

"We're feeling good. We wanted to finish first. It wasn't that easy, especially after it went 2-1 but we did it and we're very happy to be first."

What next?

With their place in the Champions League knockout stages sealed, Leicester will attempt to improve their Premier League form. They have three top-flight games before the draw for the last 16, starting at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 21ZielerBooked at 90mins
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forSchluppat 68'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10King
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forAmarteyat 78'minutes
  • 9Vardy
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forGrayat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hernández
  • 7Musa
  • 12Hamer
  • 13Amartey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa

Club Brugge

  • 1Butelle
  • 21Cools
  • 5Poulain
  • 44Mechele
  • 28De BockSubstituted forvan Rhijnat 71'minutes
  • 15PinaSubstituted forLimbombeat 61'minutes
  • 3Simons
  • 20Vanaken
  • 6De Souza ClaudemirSubstituted forWesleyat 84'minutes
  • 9Vossen
  • 11Izquierdo

Substitutes

  • 2van Rhijn
  • 7Wesley
  • 16Bruzzese
  • 17Limbombe
  • 19Gedoz da Conceição
  • 24Denswil
  • 63Bolingoli-Mbombo
Referee:
Ruddy Buquet
Attendance:
31,443

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamClub Brugge
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Club Brugge 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Club Brugge 1.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ludovic Butelle.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Leicester City).

Anthony Limbombe (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ron-Robert Zieler (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jelle Vossen (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ricardo van Rhijn.

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass.

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wesley (Club Brugge).

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Robert Huth.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Robert Huth.

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

Jelle Vossen (Club Brugge) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Wesley replaces Claudemir.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Attempt missed. Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Amartey replaces Marc Albrighton.

Attempt missed. Ricardo van Rhijn (Club Brugge) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high. Assisted by Jelle Vossen.

Attempt blocked. Timmy Simons (Club Brugge) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo van Rhijn.

Offside, Club Brugge. Ricardo van Rhijn tries a through ball, but Claudemir is caught offside.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ricardo van Rhijn (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Ricardo van Rhijn replaces Laurens De Bock.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

Corner, Club Brugge. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Shinji Okazaki.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudemir (Club Brugge).

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Club Brugge. José Heriberto Izquierdo tries a through ball, but Dion Cools is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Anthony Limbombe (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hans Vanaken.

Substitution

Substitution, Club Brugge. Anthony Limbombe replaces Tomás Pina.

Offside, Club Brugge. Hans Vanaken tries a through ball, but Claudemir is caught offside.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal4310123910
2PSG431093610
3Ludogorets4013413-91
4FC Basel401328-61

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli42119727
2Benfica42116517
3Besiktas41306516
4Dynamo Kiev401326-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona4301144109
2Man City421110827
3B Mgladbach411247-34
4Celtic4022413-92

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid440051412
2Bayern Munich430111389
3PSV Eindhoven401349-51
4FC Rostov4013310-71

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco532094511
2B Leverkusen51405417
3Tottenham511335-24
4CSKA Moscow503248-43

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund54101971213
2Real Madrid5320148611
3Sporting510457-23
4Legia Warsaw5014824-161

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester541071613
2FC Porto52214318
3FC Copenhagen51315236
4Club Brugge5005212-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus532092711
2Sevilla531173410
3Lyon52125327
4Dinamo Zagreb5005013-130
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