Ahmed Musa scored his first goal in the Premier League as champions Leicester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at home today.
The Nigerian winger had struggled to find his form since signing for the Foxes in the summer from CSKA Moscow and got his chance in the starting line-up as coach Claudio Ranieri decided to rest some players after the club’s midweek exertions in the Champions League.
Musa set Leicester on their way to victory in the 42nd minute with a glorious right foot finish from the edge of the box after being set up by Algerian striker Islam Slimani. The Nigerian international’s celebration was a mixture of joy and relief.
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Shinji Okazaki and Christian Fuchs added to Musa’s goal in the second half to make if a comfortable afternoon for Leicester, despite a late rally from Palace after Yohan Cabaye gave them something to fight for with an 84th minute goal.
Ranieri was very pleased with Musa’s contribution, saying after the game: “Of course, Musa needed the goal. He’s a good player and for me it was important that he understands the Premier League because it’s different football. Now in the training sessions he’s getting better and has improved a lot and for this reason I played him today”.