Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the match as Leicester City beat Walsall in the FA Cup tie on Saturday. Iheanacho’s strike came in the 68th minute of the match after he enjoyed an assist from teammate and Senegal international Nampaly Mendy.
Interestingly Iheanacho hit target barely five minutes after coming in as late substitute for Zambian import Patson Daka.
The foxes would have been two goals better but Belgium international Youri Marion Tieleman had earlier failed to convert 48th minute penalty.
It was the Nigeria international’s 17th goal in 23 FA Cup appearances the most by any player since Iheanacho made his debut in the competition in 2016. An achievement which has forced some to dub him FA cup specialist.
Walsall, one of the form sides in League Two, had defended admirably against the 2021 Cup winners, cheered on by a capacity crowd at a sold-out Bescot Stadium.
Evans made a series of smart saves while Tielemans struck the post with his spot-kick moments after half-time after Patson Daka was fouled by Isaac Hutchinson.
A point-blank stop from Evans denied Iheanacho a second in the final 10 minutes and kept an entertaining tie alive until the finish, but Leicester held firm for a much-needed Cup win amid their struggles in the Premier League.