AFC Bournemouth 1:0 Leicester City
Leicester failed to build on Saturday’s win over Manchester City, losing 1-0 at Bournemouth on Tuesday night…
Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side, with Hernández in for the suspended Simpson, but they produced an unrecognisible perfomance from Saturday.
Bournemouth had all the early possession, with City happy to sit back and let them have it.
The Cherries first chance arrived when Francis beat Hernández and Mahrez with ease down the left and flashed a ball across the goalmouth, which just eluded two red shirts.
City’s first chance came soon after that when Mahrez sent Vardy through on goal, but Boruc came racing out to block.
Slimani then wasted a decent chance before the game settled into a midfield battle with virtually no action near either goal, before Zieler saved a long range Wilshere effort.
City applied some pressure around the half hour mark, with a series of corners and long throws from Fuchs and Hernández, but the Bournemouth defence were dominant in the air. A fierce Huth shot blocked by Ake was the closest they got to goal.
This led to the only goal of the game in the 34th minute, as the home side finally broke upfield. Although Zieler made a fine save from an Afobe shot, Pugh was following up to blast the rebound home.
The second half saw an improved performance for City, with Okazaki on for Slimani, but they couldn’t find a way through a determined Bournemouth defence.
Headers from King and Huth missed the target, as did an Okazaki shot on the run.
Okazaki then burst through the Cherries back-line down the right but Cook got in a fine last ditch block on the Japan international’s shot.
The best opportunity for City to get an equaliser came late on, when a Vardy cutback from the right saw substitute Ulloa shooting from six yards, but Boruc produced a fine save to protect Bournmouth’s three points.
Claudio Ranieri claimed not to be too disappointed with the performance: “The result is too severe against us because we created more chances than Bournemouth but they won so well done to them. I wanted a little more in the first half because if we had a little more we could have scored a goal. We could have recovered more second balls for this reason. The second half was much better.”
But a single point from City’s travels this season suggests that a different approach is needed for away games.
AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels, A. Smith, Arter, Wilshere, Pugh, King (Gosling 79), Afobe (Wilson 68). Subs Not Used: Federici, Mings, B. Smith, Ibe, Gradel.
Leicester: Zieler, Hernández, Morgan, Huth (Ulloa 81), Fuchs, Amartey, King, Mahrez, Albrighton (Musa 73), Slimani (Okazaki 45), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Chilwell, Mendy, Gray.
Referee: P Tierney. Attendance: 11,068.
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