Musa, Okasaki end goal droughts as Leicester defeats Palace 3 – 1

Leicester strikers Shinji Okazaki and Ahmed Musa ended lengthy goal droughts as the Premier League champions beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieri’s side were on course for their first win in four league matches after Nigeria international Musa claimed his first Leicester goal in his 10th appearance since a pre-season move from CSKA Moscow.

Ahmed Musa scored his first goal; a lovely 20 yard strike to give Leicester the lead against Palace.

Okazaki put Leicester firmly in control in the 63rd minute when he thumped home at the near post after Danny Drinkwater’s cross was only half cleared by Damien Delaney.

Vardy came on for the final 15 minutes, but it was Fuchs who stole the spotlight with a fine volley to make it three in the 80th minute.

Although France midfielder Cabaye netted five minutes later, there was no chance of a late Palace fight back.

Leicester’s 20th home league game without defeat was the perfect birthday present for Ranieri, who turned 65 on Thursday, and it ensured they avoided making the worst start by reigning English champions since Leeds in 1974.


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