Early Iheanacho goal sees Leicester hurdle Brentford into the 5th round - football

Early Iheanacho goal sees Leicester hurdle Brentford into the 5th round



Brentford 0:1 Leicester City

A third minute goal from Kelechi Iheanacho was enough to win this cup tie, but Brentford pushed City all the way at Griffin Park on Saturday…
This was an emotional afternoon in west London with Brentford set to leave their home of 116 years for a new stadium a mile upstream of the Thames, and it turned out to be Griffin Park’s final FA Cup tie.

But sentimentality made way for practicality with both managers making wholesale changes to their sides, Brentford facing a crunch promotion clash with Forest on the same night that City travel to Villa with a League Cup final place at stake.

While City didn’t have to face the Bees’ prolific B-M-W forward line, only Söyüncü and Pérez retained their places.
The watching nation on BBC1 may have feared that Brentford’s second string might be overwhelmed early on. After just twenty seconds a clearance ricocheted to Iheanacho who sent Pérez in on goal. He rounded Daniels but a last ditch challenge from Racic denied him the opening goal.

That came in the fourth minute. A stunning, match-winning fifty yard ball from Praet found Justin down the right and his cross was met at the far post with a composed half-volley from Iheanacho.

City continued to press hard, forcing Brentford into errors. Praet had a shot blocked by Jeanvier and then Gray wasted a free-kick from a good position, firing a shot into the side-netting.

But after a spell in which City looked likely to make it 2-0...
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