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    Saturday, 27 January 2018

    Iheanacho, Ndidi on target as Leicester City cruise past Peterborough

    Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice while compatriot Wilfred Ndidi added one as Leicester City outclassed League One Peterborough to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
    Debutant striker Fousseni Diabate hit a brace as well in the 5-1 whitewashing of the League One side.
    After Diabate, signed from French side Gazelec Ajaccio, toe-poked in, Iheanacho guided the ball into the corner to put the visitors in control.
    The ex-Manchester City forward volleyed home Christian Fuchs’ cross for a 3-0 half-time lead.
    Posh improved after the break, pulling one back through Andrew Hughes, but Malian Diabate and substitute Wilfred Ndidi struck late on for the Foxes.
    Iheanacho joined Leicester from Manchester City last July but is yet to score a league goal since his £25m summer move. He is however, making history in the competition.
    Premier League Leicester had Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on the bench but did not need to call on either, while Shinji Okazaki was left out of the squad altogether.
    A side showing 10 changes proved more than strong enough as the Foxes’ fringe forwards thrived.
    Demarai Gray and academy product Harvey Barnes played their part but it was Diabate and Nigerian Iheanacho who did the damage.
    Diabate was lively throughout and slotted effortlessly into a fluid front four, while his strike partner now has braces in consecutive FA Cup ties after also scoring twice in Leicester’s replay win over Fleetwood in the third round.
    Iheanacho’s statistics
     He was nine FA Cup goals in nine ties since January 2016 - more than anyone else.
     He was the first ‘fourth substitution’ used in the competition.
     He scored the first FA Cup goal given by the video assistant referee, against Fleetwood at the King Power Stadium.

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