Leicester City prevailed 7-6 on penalty kicks against West Bromwich Albion in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
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The Foxes and Baggies opened up the Premier League Asia Trophy with Jay Rodriguez and Riyad Mahrez both scoring stunners in the first half of the semifinal.
A winner could not be found in normal time so it went to penalty kicks and the new “ABBA” system was trialed for the first time in a game involving Premier League teams.
Leicester prevailed and will now face one of Liverpool or Crystal Palace in the final on Saturday, while West Brom will take on the loser of that game in a third-place match, also on Saturday.
The Baggies got off to a flying start as Rodriguez, who earlier had a good chance from Matty Phillips’ cross, got a yard of space and smashed home a shot from 25-yards out. A fine strike for West Brom’s new striker who joined from Southampton earlier this summer. 1-0 to the Baggies.
Leicester improved after going behind and Mahrez looked lively throughout the first half. It was the Algerian international who leveled things up for the Foxes as he pounced on a loose pass, ran towards goal and finished clinically into the far corner. 1-1.
The game was an even encounter for the rest of the match with plenty of substitutes made and one of those, Christian Fuchs, delivering some dangerous ball from the left.
As the second half wore on chances were few and far between and the game went to penalty kicks.
The new system was trialed and the first 12 penalty kicks were scored but then Sam Field had his PK stopped by Ben Hamer, then Marc Albrighton stepped up to send Leicester into Saturday’s final in Hong Kong.