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Patson Daka strikes four as Leicester roar back from brink at Spartak Moscow

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Patson Daka did more than relaunch Leicester’s Europa League ambitions. With four expert finishes in Moscow, the Zambia international announced himself as a striker who could thrill Leicester for years. If he gave a hint of his talent when scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester United on Saturday, then on Wednesday, with Jamie Vardy watching from the bench, the 23-year-old signed for £23m last summer blazed a trail towards a bright Leicester future.

Until Daka struck a hat-trick in nine minutes at the Otkritie Bank Arena, Leicester’s Europa League ambitions lay in smithereens. Trailing 2-0, they looked to be on course for a result that would have left them with a solitary point from three matches. They had not played terribly this time but outbreaks of sloppiness cost them heavily; Daka rescued them with a demonstration of precision that will live long in the memory. Aleksandr Sobolev struck late to ensure Leicester could not coast to full time, but Brendan Rodgers’s side held on for a win that restores their hopes of finishing top of a difficult Group C.

Continue reading…Patson Daka did more than relaunch Leicester’s Europa League ambitions. With four expert finishes in Moscow, the Zambia international announced himself as a striker who could thrill Leicester for years. If he gave a hint of his talent when scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester United on Saturday, then on Wednesday, with Jamie Vardy watching from the bench, the 23-year-old signed for £23m last summer blazed a trail towards a bright Leicester future.Until Daka struck a hat-trick in nine minutes at the Otkritie Bank Arena, Leicester’s Europa League ambitions lay in smithereens. Trailing 2-0, they looked to be on course for a result that would have left them with a solitary point from three matches. They had not played terribly this time but outbreaks of sloppiness cost them heavily; Daka rescued them with a demonstration of precision that will live long in the memory. Aleksandr Sobolev struck late to ensure Leicester could not coast to full time, but Brendan Rodgers’s side held on for a win that restores their hopes of finishing top of a difficult Group C. Continue reading…