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Ranieri is urging calm after Foxes stun Porto

Leicester City 1-0 FC Porto

By Mark Ogden

Published 28/09/2016

Record: Islam Slimani celebrates his latest goal against Porto
Record: Islam Slimani celebrates his latest goal against Porto

Claudio Ranieri called for Leicester City to be 'calm' after moving to within four points of the Champions League knock-out stages with victory against FC Porto.

Leicester, debutants this season, maintained their 100 per cent record in the competition with Islam Slimani's first-half goal proving enough to secure victory against the two-time European champions.

A win and a draw against FC Copenhagen in the next two games will ensure Leicester's qualification from Group G.

But after playing down the Foxes' title hopes throughout last season, Ranieri now insists it is too early to contemplate life in the knock-out stages.

"Will we qualify? I'm waiting and if I touch it, I'll believe," Ranieri said. "We have to continue and stay calm. Copenhagen won 4-0 (against Club Brugge), they are very organised and it is important for us to clear the mind and go back to the Premier League.

"We are new in the Champions League and anything could happen. I want to be calm and now I switch my mind."

Slimani's performance proved decisive for Leicester with the £29.8m club record signing claiming his seventh goal in seven games against Porto having previously tormented his opponents during his time with Sporting Lisbon.

"I was very confident with Slimani because he often scored against Porto when he was a Sporting player," Ranieri said.

"I spoke with Riyad (Mahrez) and Islam and said, 'come on guys, make something good'. They made the pass and scored, after that we defended very well."

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Hernandez, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray, 88 mins), Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton, Slimani (King, 82 mins), Vardy (Musa, 90 mins). Unused subs: Zieler, Schlupp, Simpson, Okazaki.

Porto: Casillas, Layun, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles, Andre Andre (Herrera, 63 mins), Danilo Pereira, Torres (Corona, 77 mins), Andre Silva, Adrian (Diogo Jota, 63 mins), Otavio. Unused subs: Jose Sa, Boly, Ruben Neves, Depoitre.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Man of the match: Islam Slimani

Match rating: 6/10

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