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Mahrez helps Leicester into FA Cup quarters

Resumes his once-lethal partnership with Vardy

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Leicester: Back in favour at Leicester, Riyad Mahrez helped the team reach the FA Cup quarter finals by resuming his lethal partnership with Jamie Vardy on Friday.

Vardy earned Leicester a 1-0 win over second-tier Sheffield United in the fifth round by looping a header into the net off a cross from Mahrez, who was starting for the first time since the collapse of his move to Manchester City last month.

Mahrez spent more than a week in self-imposed exile after Leicester denied him a transfer to the English Premier League leader at the end of the January transfer window.

He began his reintegration by going on as a substitute last weekend — coincidentally in a league match against Man City — and was given an ovation by Leicester fans when substituted in injury time on Friday.

Vardy and Mahrez linked up to devastating effect when Leicester stunned the soccer world by winning the Premier League in 2016.

In that season, Vardy set a record by scoring in 11 straight league games and the England striker is on another run, having scored in five straight games in all competitions.