Musa late salvo lifts Leicester over Everton in FA Cup

Everton coughed up a hard-earned lead to lose 2-1 at home to Leicester City and ...
Everton coughed up a hard-earned lead to lose 2-1 at home to Leicester City and crash out of the FA Cup at the third round.

Two goals from Ahmed Musa turned the game on its head to give Leicester a 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Toffees had the best chance of the first half just before the break. Enner Valencia stood up a cross at the back post for Romelu Lukaku but the Belgium international could only head wide under pressure.

It took until the 63rd-minute for Everton to open the scoring. Good play from substitute Gerard Deulofeu found Lukaku two yards out, who couldn’t miss.

However, it was short-lived as the Foxes equalised just three minutes later as Musa turns home Demarai Gray’s cutback onto the post but he’s quickest to react to fire home.

Musa wasn’t finished there, as he put Leicester in front on 70 minutes – he played a sublime one-two with Drinkwater before placing a lovely finish into the bottom corner.

Certainly, this all-Premier League clash took time to warm up.

After Leonardo Ulloa glanced a header just wide of their goal in the fourth minute, Everton showed some early signs of threat as Lukaku and Enner Valencia each produced decent crosses that Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman, respectively, were unable to finish.

But the hosts then found themselves stifled for much of the rest of the first half by Leicester, while Foxes debutant Wilfried Ndidi had a shot low blocked and Demarai Gray was thwarted by Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles.

Musa was introduced to a contest that had been seriously low on entertainment in the 35th minute, replacing the injured Ulloa, before Everton started to look a bit more dynamic again towards the end of the first half.

What appeared to be the best chance of the opening 45 minutes went unconverted by Lukaku in the 42nd as he headed wide at the far post after being teed up by Valencia, and the Belgium striker then tried his luck again moments later, firing a shot over from outside the box.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman attempted to give his side added attacking impetus by bringing on Gerard Deulofeu for Mason Holgate as the second half got under way.

And after one shot from Valencia was blocked and another acrobatically fired wide by the Ecuadorian – either side of Wes Morgan having a header saved by Robles – it was Deulofeu who provided the cross from which Lukaku tapped in to make it 1-0.

But Leicester responded swiftly as Musa drew things level with a finish at the second attempt, bundling the ball in after it had initially hit the post following Gray’s delivery.

And Musa then struck again within moments to stun Goodison Park, combining with Danny Drinkwater and slotting well past Robles.

As the home side applied pressure in search of an equaliser, Kevin Mirallas – who had come on for Valencia – brought a good save out of Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

But it was too little too late from Everton, as Claudio Ranieri’s men closed out the victory.

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