25.07.05 / 22:42


LEICESTER - Inter beat Leicester City 2-1 at the Walkers Stadium thanks to first-half goals from Santiago Solari and Lampros Choutos.

Mancini's men took a 26th-minute lead when Solari raced on to a delightful backheeled assist by Choutos then with just the Leicester keeper to beat slotted coolly past Henderson.

Inter's two Greek players combined for Inter's second in the 31st minute, Karagounis whipping in a cross from the right for Choutos to chest down then drive into the net.

Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar outfoxed the Leicester attack with a series of fine saves to keep a clean sheet going into the break.

Roberto Mancini gave six Nerazzurri academy players a taste of first-team action during the course of an evenly-balanced second half, with Primavera keeper Giacomo Bindi the only sub left on the bench at full time.

Leicester reduced the deficit in the 87th minute when striker Chris O'Grady, on for Dion Dublin, sent Julio Cesar the wrong way from the spot after a penalty area foul on de Vries by young defender Bonucci.

Inter meet Crystal Palace on Wednesday, then face Norwich on Friday before rounding off the England tour with a match against Portsmouth on Sunday.


Scorers: Solari 26, Choutos 31, O'Grady (pen) 87

LEICESTER CITY: Henderson, Canero (Porter 77), Johansson, Gerrbrand (Stearman 66), Sheehan (Maybury 86), Sylla, Tiatto, Williams, Dublin (O'Grady 68), de Vries, Wilcox
Subs not used: McCarthy, Logan, Wright
Coach: Craig Levein

INTER: Julio Cesar, Wome (Semenzato 83), Mihajlovic (Giani 83), Materazzi (Bonucci 86), Ze Maria, Karagounis, Pizarro (Belaid 83), Stankovic (Maa Boumsong 72), Solari (Arrieta 77), Choutos (Fautario 90+1), Momentè (Favalli 59)
Subs not used: Bindi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)

Booked: Sheehan, Karagounis, Materazzi

Attendance: 14,567

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