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Iheanacho inspires Leicester to huge win over Crystal Palace

Leicester City came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Wilfried Zaha’s opener was cancelled out by Timothy Castagne before Kelechi Iheanacho won the game in the final ten minutes for the hosts.

It was Crystal Palace who took a surprise lead when Eberechi Eze sliced open the Leicester defence with a through ball to Wilfried Zaha, who slotted past Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes pulled level at the start of the second half when Castagne drilled in his second league goal of the season from inside the box after good hold-up play by Iheanacho.

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Palace could’ve restored their lead straight away when Jairo Riedewald and Christian Benteke found themselves bearing down on the Leicester goal.

Riedewald attempted to cut the ball back for Benteke to tap home but Jonny Evans produced a stunning last-ditch tackle to deny the Belgian.

The 30-year-old was guilty of missing a clear chance for Roy Hodgson’s side in the 67th minute when Eze’s corner found him unmarked but his header went straight down the throat of Schmeichel.

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Jamie Vardy missed a big chance to force his side in-front 13 minutes from time when he flashed a shot right across goal but that wasn’t to matter soon enough.

Iheanacho still had one more trick to play, and the in-form Nigerian striker turned the game completely on it’s head with his 80th minute winner.

Evan’s long ball forward found Iheanacho in the box and he turned away from two defenders before smashing the ball into the top corner with his left foot.

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It’s the 24-year-old’s 12th goal in his last nine games and it means Leicester tighten their grip on third place.

They move onto 62 points, seven points ahead of West Ham in fifth. Palace remain 13th.

Scorers: Castagne 50′, Iheanacho 80′; Zaha 12′.

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