FA Cup Iheanacho Fires Leicester City To FA Cup Quarter Final

On Saturday, Kelechi Iheanacho saved Leicester City from a potential FA Cup exit when his second-half goal helped the Foxes defeat fourth-tier Walsall 1-0 and move to the fifth round.

Leeds United also advanced after defeating Accrington Stanley 3-1.

Due to Tom Cairney’s equalizer at Craven Cottage, top-flight Fulham avoided defeat against visiting Championship (second-tier) team Sunderland.

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While Bristol City cruised to a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, Southampton overcame their Premier League difficulties to defeat Championship strugglers Blackpool 2-1.

Iheanacho’s goal in round three gave Leicester the victory over fourth-tier underdogs Gillingham, but they were put to the test by a tenacious, high-spirited Walsall team.

Leicester didn’t have a shot on goal for 30 minutes, and the miserable afternoon became worse when Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans missed a penalty after Patson Daka was fouled inside the box.

When his shot from the edge of the box rebounded off the back of the opposing defender Brandon Comley in the second half, it freed Walsall and was too much for the opposing goalkeeper Owen Evans to handle.

Iheanacho, who has made one league start this season, may get the chance now that Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers announced after the game that first-choice striker Jamie Vardy will be sidelined for “a few weeks” after sustaining a gluteal injury in training.

“He will get more game time with Vards out for a few weeks.

“It depends on the type of game we are looking to play,” Rodgers told reporters.

“He has been first class, trains virtually every day and is very rarely injured. He sometimes starts games not so good, sometimes he is a little hit and miss, but you know when he plays to a high level he is a threat.”

Leeds escaped a mistake at third-tier Accrington to advance to the fifth round for the first time since 2016.

After 23 minutes, Leeds took the lead on a magnificent long-range goal from Jack Harrison. Junior Firpo and Luis Sinisterra then put Jesse Marsch’s team on the winning track with goals two minutes apart midway through the second half.

Leslie Adekoya, 18, scored Accrington’s first senior goal seconds after entering the game in the 81st minute, however it was only a consolation goal.

Later on Saturday, Preston North End hosts Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester United hosts Reading.

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