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Riyad Mahrez's eighth goal of the season sent the Foxes on their way


By Mike Henson | BBC Sport


Riyad Mahrez scored one and made one to ensure Leicester broke a run of five games without a win with a deserved victory over Huddersfield.

The Algerian expertly guided home a side-foot volley from Marc Albrighton's up-and-under into the box to open the scoring after a dull first half.

Seven minutes later he set up Islam Slimani with a precise though-ball and his countryman dinked a cool finish over Jonas Lossl.

Huddersfield rarely threatened, with wayward shots from Tom Ince and Collin Quaner the closest they came to a reply.

Instead the late stages were notable for Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva making his debut off the bench - four months after late submission of paperwork for his move from Sporting Lisbon left him unable to play - and Albrighton's injury-time third from Demarai Gray's deflected cross.



Mahrez moments of magic light up match

While still short of the stratospheric standards set during Leicester's 2015-16 title win, this season's version of Mahrez has been a significant upgrade on the pallid variety seen last term.

Mahrez was subject of a bid by Roma in the summer

His goal was a superb demonstration of his technical ability, coolly steering an awkward dropping ball into the far corner from a tight angle.

Mahrez's pass for Slimani's strike was made easier by the Huddersfield defence's kamikaze high line, but was perfectly weighted to send the striker clear of the chasing Terriers.

Seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season dwarf his respective totals - six and three - for the whole of 2016-17.

His upturn in form has been appreciated by the King Power crowd who gave him a standing ovations as he departed in the 77th minute.

But it has also been noted elsewhere, with Arsenal among several clubs whose reported interest will be strengthened by this performance.



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