Leicester down Palace to edge toward ECL

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Kelechi Iheanacho has extended his career-best scoring form with a blistering winning goal as Leicester City rallied to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the Premier League and consolidate their spot in the top four.

The Nigeria international made it 14 goals in his past 14 games in all competitions when he brought down a long ball forward from Jonny Evans, cut inside on his left foot, and - with little back lift - smashed a rising shot inside the near post in the 80th minute.

Iheanacho had earlier set up Timothy Castagne for Leicester's 50th-minute equaliser that cancelled out Wilfried Zaha's opening goal for Palace in the 12th minute.

Foxes striker Iheanacho has proven to be a revelation in the second half of the season after coming into the team because of injuries to teammates Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.

It's a hot streak that could push Leicester over the line in the race for Champions League qualification, too.

The win has Brendan Rodgers' third-place team four points ahead of Chelsea and seven clear of West Ham United in fifth.

Liverpool are a point further behind, with all four teams having five games to play.

Inconsistent Palace, with no immediate threat of relegation, are destined to finish in mid-table.

Leicester faded away at the end of last season to drop out of the top four on the final weekend.

That doesn't look like happening this time, with a second year in the Champions League - after 2016-17 - looking likely.