Spartak Moscow 3-4 Leicester LIVE RESULT: Patson Daka nets FOUR GOALS in epic Foxes Europa League comeback

LEICESTER are on course for a crucial win in Moscow thanks to four goals from Patson Daka.

The Foxes went 2-0 down to the Russians in the first half but Daka pulled one back on the stroke of half time.

And the Zambian then levelled the match three minutes before completing his hat-trick on 54 minutes to put Leicester ahead and then netting a carbon copy fourth goal with around ten minutes left.

Sobolev pulled a goal back for the Russians to set up a granstand finale but Brendan Rodgers' men held out for the victory.

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    FOXES' FIRST WIN!

    Four-goal Patson Daka lit up Leicester's 4-3 comeback win at Spartak Moscow to keep alive their Europa League group qualification hopes.

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    RESULT: SPARTAK 3 LEICESTER 4

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    Albrighton looks hurt from that challenge.

    And ref Anastasios Sidiropoulos made a VAR check – but deemed it only a yellow-card offence.

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    MAKING HIS MARC

    Foxes' Marc Albrighton wins a valuable free-kick in mid-pitch – and that could be fatal for Spartak as the seconds tick away.

    It's a nasty foul, too.

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    Leicester are keeping possession well in the final 90 seconds or so…

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    FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME

    Leicester break quickly at the start of what will surely be a nervy stoppage time.

    And soon Daniel Amartey has to make a crucial intervention for the Foxes.

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    The Foxes are reduced to booting the ball clear as the contest sharply turns.

    It was ex-Chelsea wideman Victor Moses who sparked Sobolev's second goal of the night.

    And Moses is again looking Spartak's biggest threat – down the right – in these closing minutes.

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    DAKA'S FOURSOME FEELING

    Daka revelled in his fourth goal – but Leicester face a nervous climax after Sobolev cut their lead to 4-3.

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    GOAL! SPARTAK 3 LEICESTER 4

    Vestergaard has just come on for Evans (82 minutes) but it's his error that leads to Sobolev cutting the deficit to 4-3 on 86 minutes with his second goal of the afternoon.

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    Iheanacho almost slips in Daka again.

    The contest has faded a bit but another goal – for either team – seems more than feasible.

    The Foxes brought on Ryan Bertrand for fellow left-back Luke Thomas on 82 minutes.

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    VARDY WARMING UP

    It's the perfect time for boss Rodgers to give Vardy's speed and finishing a quick burst off the bench – as Spartak will undoubtedly take risks now.

    But for now the Foxes are holding back.

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    FOXES HAVE GOT IT OFF

    Patson Daka's FOURTH goal showed Leicester's counter-attacking at its best.

    They dominated most of the first hour, but this time they picked off Spartak on the break.

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    GOAL! SPARTAK 2 LEICESTER 4

    Daka bags his fourth on 78 minutes with a sweet left-footer.

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    74 MINS: SAVIOUR SOYUNCU

    Samuel Gigot pounces on to the ball in front of the Foxes' goal but Caglar Soyuncu is in to thump the ball clear.

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    The Foxes seem content to try to take the sting out of Spartak's modest revival.

    They've definitely slowed the pace, passing the ball around more in defence.

    But Leicester remain the superior team and look reasonably comfortable…(more apologies from me to Foxes' fans for that ominous suggestion).

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    70 MINS: KASPER SAVES

    Schmeichel keeps out sub Ignatov's deflected shot.

    And Leicester centre-back Evans soon has a couple of tricky moments – which he just about deals with.

    Victor Moses then swings in a corner for Spartak that the Foxes clear.

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    The Russians briefly push forward – helped, perhaps, by a double substitution that has lifted the home crowd.

    Top scorer Quincy Promes, who hit three goals in his past three matches, replaced Zelimkhan Bakaev.

    And attacking midfielder Mikhail Ignatov came on for Roman Zobnin.

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    67 MINS: EVANS CLOSE

    Spartak just clear the ball from Jonny Evans after Maddison delivered a clever short corner.

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    65 MINS: LIMPING YOURI TAKEN OFF

    Brendan Rodgers immediately replaces limping midfielder Youri Tielemans with Hamza Choudhury.

    the game's opened up now – with Spartak showing more urgency in pursuit of a leveller.

    But Maddison and Co still look the more likely side to bag another goal.

    Apologies to superstitious Foxes' fans for making that observation…

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    HERE'S THE HAT-TRICK MOMENT

    Daka's sensational afternoon peaked (so far at least) with this hat-trick goal as Leicester came from behind to lead 3-2.

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    THAT'S THE WAY TO TWO IT

    Here's Daka completing his hat-trick with two goals in the first three minutes of the second half.

    Albrighton, who replaced Ricardo on the hour, has been busy at right-back as the Foxes maintain their fluent control.

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    LATEST: SPARTAK 2 LEICESTER 3

    Marc Albrighton comes on for the Foxes and is instantly involved.

    Meanwhile, Maddison and Tielemans play keep ball to frustrate Spartak even more

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    WELL DONE, MY PATSON

    Strike partner Iheanacho was first off the mark to congratulate Daka on his quick-fire triple.

    And in fact it was Iheanacho down the right who almost teed up Daka for a FOURTH.

    Iheanacho curled in a left-footed cross that Daka slid onto but put just wide.

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    PATS AMAZING

    Daka's incredible treble (45, 48 and 54 minutes) is no less than he or Leicester deserve as they have dictated this clash, despite falling 2-0 down in Moscow.

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    DAKA HAT-TRICK!

    Maddison and Tielemans rip the Spartak defence apart for Daka to rifle home between keeper Maksimenko's legs on 54 minutes.

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