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'Unbelievable feeling' for Mahrez as Leicester book Champions League knockout spot

SoccerBy Sunday World
Leicester celebrate Mahrez's penalty which put them 2-0 up tonight
Leicester celebrate Mahrez's penalty which put them 2-0 up tonight

Riyad Mahrez was delighted to take his Champions League tally to four goals from five games with Leicester's second in a 2-1 home victory over Club Brugge, as the Premier League champions reached the knockout stages with a game to spare.

The hosts took the lead five minutes in when Shinji Okazaki collected Christian Fuchs' left-wing cross on the edge of the six-yard box and fired home at the near post.

Mahrez made it 2-0 on the half hour as he slotted home from the penalty spot - after Marc Albrighton was fouled by Dion Cools - firing low as goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle dived the wrong way.

The Belgian side pulled a goal back thanks to Jose Izquierdo's thunderbolt seven minutes after the break - before both sides had a goal ruled out for offside on the hour - but the Foxes held on for the win.

Mahrez told BT Sport 3: "I have the chance to win games and we're very happy to be first (in the group) and keep going in the Champions League because it's an unbelievable feeling.

"We're feeling good. We wanted to finish first. It wasn't that easy today, especially after it went 2-1 (But) We did it and we're very happy to be first."

Captain Wes Morgan was also pleased with the outcome, saying: "It's fantastic. It's more than we could have ever imagined.

"Leicester in the Champions League to finish top of the group...it's a great achievement.

"We felt very comfortable. 2-0 up going into half-time, we just wanted to maintain our performance. That (Brugge's) goal was a very big blow and we had to really dig in towards the end.

"It was a great result and a fantastic performance from the players and we're glad to get through to the last 16."

On Leicester's chances in the knockout stage, Morgan added: "It's early stages, going through to the next stage, we'll see who we get and then we'll prepare for the next game."