The Nigeria and Ghana internationals helped the Foxes secure a comeback victory against the Seagulls on Saturday night
Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amartey powered Leicester City to a 2-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
Leicester move above Man Utd for now… pic.twitter.com/acVDinLqtl
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 6, 2021
The Seagulls had taken a first half lead at the Falmer Stadium, nevertheless, the African duo found the net in the second half to inspire the Foxes to victory.
Graham Potter’s men came into the English Premier League tie with the ambition of ending their poor streak, while visitors were aiming to brighten their Champions League ambition.
Ten minutes into the game, Adam Lallana put Brighton ahead after profiting from an assist from Neal Maupay. Having won the ball back from a Leicester throw in and Maupay does well by holding off the challenge of a couple of defenders, he flicked the ball through to an unmarked Lallana who slotted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.
👌 @officialAL20 gives us a deserved early lead with his first Albion goal!
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) March 6, 2021
That goal was a reality check for Brendan Rodgers’ men who bounced back from their slumber, albeit, were unable to put the ball past Robert Sanchez.
Before the interval, the hosts had two chances to double their advantage, with Lallana first glancing header hitting the post and then Maupay finding the net, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
The King Power Stadium giants got the second half to a promising start with Iheanacho smashing into the side-netting after getting a pass from Timothy Castagne.
Their doggedness paid off in the 62nd minute after the Nigerian controlled a Youri Tielemans pass before lifting the ball past goalkeeper Sanchez.
Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances, having netted in just one of his previous 17 in the competition. pic.twitter.com/o7mpQWykiB
— Shina Oludare 🇳🇬 (@sportingshina) March 6, 2021
With that strike, the former Manchester City wonderkid has now scored in each of his last two English topflight appearances, having netted in just one of his previous 17 in the tournament.
Three minutes from full time, Ghanaian star Amartey sealed the win from Marc Albrighton’s assist for his second ever Premier League goal, and first in 1540 days since netting against Stoke in December 2016.
1540 – Daniel Amartey’s goal for Leicester was his first in the Premier League since December 2016 against Stoke – 1540 days ago. Gap. #BHALEI
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 6, 2021
After a notable shift, man-of-the-match Iheanacho was substituted for Hamza Choudhury in the 90th minute, while his compatriot Wilfred Ndidi and Amartey played from start to finish.
Saturday’s result takes Rodgers’ team up to second in the log, while Brighton are in a battle at the bottom, as they remain just three points above the relegation zone.