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Wilfred Ndidi scores as Leicester City beat West Brom

Wilfred Ndidi scored the opening goal as Leicester City secured a 2-1 victory over West Brom at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

It was a crucial Championship encounter for Leicester City against West Brom in front of their fans, as they continue march towards returning to the Premier League.

Fresh from from consecutive defeats, Ndidi and his teammates began the game looking to take maximum points and maintain their position at the top of the Championship table. Meanwhile, West Brom sought a victory to stay in contention for a playoff spot.

Coach Enzo Maresca included Nigerian midfielder Ndidi in the starting lineup, while fellow Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho was absent from the matchday squad.

Despite West Brom’s early dominance and chances, Leicester City seized the opportunity to take the lead. In the 22nd minute, Ndidi reacted swiftly to a cross from Wout Faes, initially saving the first attempt but making no mistake with the rebound, blasting the ball into the net to put the Foxes ahead.

Following Ndidi’s goal, Leicester City took over control of the match, creating more scoring opportunities. They had a chance to extend their lead in the 45th minute from a penalty, but Jamie Vardy missed the spot-kick.

However, Vardy redeemed himself by finding the net in the 65th minute, doubling Leicester City’s lead. West Brom’s Jed Wallace scored a late goal in the 76th minute, setting up a tense finale.

Nigerian forward Josh Maja was brought on in the 82nd minute to bolster West Brom’s attack, but Leicester City held on to secure a 2-1 victory, reaching 91 points and maintaining a four-point lead over the playoff spots.

In addition to his goal, Ndidi contributed significantly to Leicester City’s performance with 30 touches, an 81% pass accuracy, one interception, and two clearances.

With just four points needed from their remaining three games, Leicester City are in a strong position as they aim to secure promotion.

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