Mahrez inspires Leicester to victory over Huddersfield

Lynette Rowe
January 2, 2018

The Algeria worldwide was in superb form on Monday as he netted the opening goal and produced an assist in Leicester's 3-0 drubbing of Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.

The pre-match talk revolved around Adrien Silva - who came on as a late sub four months after his move from Sporting Lisbon.

Mahrez handed in a transfer request over the summer and, with the January transfer window open, reminded suitors of his talent.

After enduring an uneventful opening 45 minutes, two sublime finishes in the space of seven second-half minutes courtesy Algeria internationals Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani were enough to put the Foxes firmly in the driving seat.

David Wagner has admitted to being "gutted" by the manner of Huddersfield Town's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on New Year's Day.

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We started well with quality on the pitch. perhaps the last 15 minutes we struggled to find the solutions but in the second half we had the same positive attitude and we showed our quality.

Harry Maguire tangled with Danny Williams on the edge of the area as the Terriers midfielder ran through, but referee Graham Scott waved away the visitors' protests.

The centre-back injured himself while fouling Steve Mounie, for which he was booked, and he limped off to end his ever-present league record this season. An inch-perfect pass from Mahrez allowed compatriot Slimani to race clear before coolly lofting the ball over Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to score. It dropped for Mahrez at the far post and the Algeria worldwide placed a brilliant cushioned volley across Lossl from eight yards.

Slimani then combined with sub Demarai Gray to set up Marc Albrighton to sweep home a stoppage time third.

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