Iheanacho ends five months EPL goals drought


By Johnny Edward.

Kelechi Iheanacho posted a man-of the-match display scoring a goal and making two assists for Leicester City who secured their first Premier League win since November in six-goal thriller at Villa Park on Saturday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The Nigerian forward ended a run of over 273 minutes without scoring since September 4, 2022 by with a thumping header.

Ollie Watkins gave the home side the lead after Emiliano Buendia hit the crossbar, only for fit-again James Maddison to immediately level after Iheanacho had robbed Boubacar Kamara and played him through on goal.

Watkins then drove a shot in off another new Foxes signing, Harry Souttar, but Iheanacho equalised again with a header before he assisted Tete who rounded Emiliano Martinez to put Leicester 3-2 ahead at the break.

Brendan Rodgers saw his team seal the much-needed points when substitute Dennis Praet ran through to score and seal a remarkable win.

At Goodison Park, Alex Iwobi played all 90 minutes for Everton who defeated Premier League leaders Arsenal 1-0. The win was the Toffees first victory in 11 games in all competitions.

Centre-half James Tarkowski rose at the far post to power home a header from Dwight McNeil’s corner to hand new manager Sean Dyche a dream start.

Paul Onuachu made his debut for Southampton coming on as a second half substitute against Brentford who was without Frank Onyeka at the Gtech Stadium. Goals from Ben Mee, Bryan Mbeumo and Mathias Jensen condemned the Saints to an eighth loss in their last nine matches.

Chuba Akpom added two more to his tally as Middlesbrough comfortably saw off struggling Blackpool.

The Championship’s top scorer scored one in each half to take his league tally to 16 and Paddy McNair added another as Boro stay third in the table after a comfortable 3-0 win.

Michael Carrick’s men are now 10 points behind second-placed Sheffield United thanks to a ninth win in 11 games.

Odion Ighalo played for 84 minutes for Al Hilal who edged Wydad Casablanca 5-3 in a penalty shootout on Saturday in their Club World Cup clash in Morocco. The Saudi Arabian side secured a semi-final berth against Flamengo of Brazil.