CL: Leicester City advance to knockouts with 2-1 Club Brugge win

Updated: Nov 23, 2016, 12:57 IST | AFP |

EPL champions Leicester City booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League after surviving a second-half rally beat Club Brugge 2-1

Leicester City players celebrate a goal against Brugge at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England last night. Pic/AFP
Leicester City players celebrate a goal against Brugge at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England last night. Pic/AFP

London: Leicester booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League after surviving a second-half rally beat Club Brugge 2-1.

The Foxes have taken top spot in Group G meaning they go into their final trip to Porto next month in cruise control following another achievement in their first season in the competition.

They are five points clear of Porto following a fourth win in five games, although they had to dig deep after Brugge improved drastically after the break.

Shinji Okazaki's opener set the early tone at the King Power Stadium. Riyad Mahrez's penalty gave them breathing space before Jose Izquierdo, Brugge's bright spot, pulled a goal back after the break — the first the Foxes have conceded in this European campaign.

Robert Huth almost turned into his own net late on as Brugge finally made the game a contest but Claudio Ranieri's side hung on.

Victory also means Leicester have more points in Europe than the Premier League after dispatching Brugge, who have lost every game in the Champions League this season.

The build-up to the game had been strangely subdued given the Foxes' domestic struggles.

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