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Spartak Moscow 3-4 Leicester City: Deadly Daka hits four as Foxes win classic



Leicester City came back from two goals down to beat Spartak Moscow 4-3 in Russia, with Patson Daka incredibly scoring all four goals for the Foxes in a Europa League classic.

The hosts took the lead through Alexander Sobolev’s deflected opener, with Jordan Larsson finishing calmly in the 44th minute to double their advantage.

Daka scored his first almost immediately after, however, and then grabbed a second just after the break before tucking home in the 54th minute to complete a nine-minute treble.

The Zambian striker was not done there, however, lashing in his fourth with 12 minutes of normal time remaining – a necessary goal for the Foxes as Sobolev set up a nervy finish with an 86th-minute strike.

Victory sees Brendan Rodgers’ side earn their first Europa League win of the campaign, lifting them at least temporarily into second place in Group C, having been bottom coming into the contest.

Sobolev opened the scoring for Spartak in fortuitous fashion as his cross from the left took a wicked deflection that caught Kasper Schmeichel out at his near post.

Leicester looked threatening in the opening 15 minutes but faded as the half wore on and went 2-0 down when Caglar Soyuncu was robbed by Victor Moses as the Foxes tried to play out from defence, with the former Chelsea winger cutting back into the box for Larsson to side-foot home.

Daka reduced the arrears just a minute later, however, running onto Kelechi Iheanacho’s ball over the top and slotting past Aleksandr Maksimenko, despite the goalkeeper getting a touch.

The Foxes levelled the scores just three minutes after half-time via the same combination as Iheanacho slid the ball across the face of goal for Daka to tap in and Leicester’s comeback was completed as the striker grabbed his hat-trick, racing onto Youri Tielemans’ perfectly weighted throughball and slotting between the legs of Maksimenko.

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