Kelechi Iheanacho put up a virtuoso performance, scoring twice and assisting another in Leicester City’s 4-0 evisceration of Braga in the Europa League at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.
The Super Eagles striker became the first Nigerian to assist two goals and score in the same Europa League game in the opener against Zorya Lugansk and served up more of the same as the Foxes maintained a perfect record in Group G.
His brace meant he becomes only the third player to score a brace in a European match for Leicester after Jimmy Walsh in September 1961 and Riyad Mahrez four years ago.
After sitting out Leicester’s last two league games and coming off the bench against AEK Athens in their last game in the Europa League, the striker who was restored to the starting lineup for this tie improved his goal involvement in the competition to six, having now scored and assisted three goals.
Iheanacho’s scuffed effort put Leicester ahead with the only goal of the first half before the Nigeria international doubled count and the Foxes’ lead three minutes after the interval.
The 24-year-old then set up Dennis Praet for Leicester’s third before James Maddison added a fourth twelve minutes from time.
The win puts Leicester in pole position in the group on nine points, three more than Braga with AEK Athens in third after picking up their first points in the campaign with a 4-1 win at bottom side Zorya Lugansk.