REPORT: Leicester City 2-1 Club Brugge

BRUGGE, BELGIUM - SEPTEMBER 14:  Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides third goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League match between Club Brugge KV and Leicester City FC at Jan Breydel Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Brugge, Belgium.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Leicester City advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League, topping Group G after defeating Club Brugge 2-1 at the King Power stadium.

The win ensured maximum points for Leicester against Club Brugge in the group, after a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the corresponding fixture in Belgium on the opening day of their European campaign.

Claudio Ranieri’s men took the lead five minutes into the first half from Shinji Okazaki and doubling their advantage through a Riyad Mahrez penalty on the hour mark.

Jose Izquierdo pulled one back for the visitors after his thundering effort left Kasper Schmeichel no chance, but the blues held on for all three points to see them into the next round with one game remaining.

Despite the hosts’ poor start to their domestic campaign, sitting 14th in the Premier League; their European form has been nothing short of ruthless with four wins and a draw from their matches so far.

Leciester will find out their last 16 opponents in a fortnight once the final round of group stage fixtures are completed.

In the aftermath of the jubilant scenes at the final whistle, Claudio Ranieri called for his side’s Premier League form to improve: “We are very close to relegation so we have to play at the same level as in the Champions League. When we want to play for something, we achieve something.

Meanwhile in the, FC Copenhagen and Porto played out a lacklustre goalless draw in the Danish capital.

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