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Mahrez captains Leicester into the next round

Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani helped Leicester City into the fourth round of the FA Cup, with a 2-0 victory in their third round replay against League One side Fleetwood Town at the King Power Stadium.

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Mahrez went closest to opening the scoring in the first half, after playing a neat one-two with international team-mate Slimani and was fouled on the edge of the penalty area. He took the free-kick, and it was just wide hitting the outside of the post.

But just as the game was heading to a stalemate at half-time, Islam Slimani provided a bit of magic and got an assist with a brilliant pass to setup fellow African striker Kelechi Iheanacho who finished the move off.

Leicester improved in the second half, and Slimani should have scored after Iheanacho floated a ball in towards him. The Algerian striker opened his body up, but sliced his shot just wide from close range.

But manager Claude Puel was not pleased with the wasteful chance and was quick to substitute Slimani in the 55th minute.

Leicester then doubled their lead, with a Riyad Mahrez assist. The Algerian winger did brilliantly to skip past several Fleetwood players and play in Iheanacho for his second goal of the night.

The goal was originally disallowed for offside, but the Video Assistant Referee overturned the decision making it the first time ever VAR gave a goal in English football.

Mahrez continued to dazzle with his footwork on the night that he captained the Foxes; a very proud occasion for both him and Algeria. They will face Peterborough in the next round of the FA Cup.

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