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Vardy strike sees Leicester edge out Albion

West Bromwich Albion 0:1 Leicester City

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Any lingering fears that City had about relegation were dispelled as City beat West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a Jamie Vardy strike just before half time…

Craig Shakespeare made one change for this trip to his former club, bringing in Okazaki for Ulloa, in a fixture that had seen a City victory in three of the last four encounters.
Any thoughts that Mark Clattengburg might have an easy time of it in his last Premier League game were soon dismissed as the early stages turned into a physical battle.
Benalouane hit Rondon from behind, but Brunt sent the 25 yard free-kick sailing over the bar.

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Tackles were flying in, and Drinkwater was perhaps lucky to see only a yellow card after a ball-winning challenge with a foot in the air that sent Chadli flying.
Albion’s best chance of the half came in the 18th minute when Evans long cross to the far post was met by the head of Brunt, but Schmeichel pulled off a spectacular save to tip it over the bar.
The cuts and bruises mounted up as Benalouane and McAuley clashed heads and the Albion man had to have treatment for a cut and reemerged with a Basil Fawlty bandage.
Yacob was then lucky that Clattenburg was in last day mode, seeing yellow after planting an elbow into Okazaki’s jaw.

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Brunt then sent Chadli in down the right, but his shot didn’t trouble Schmeichel at the near post.
Neither side were playing with much fluency and a scrappy encounter looked like it was going to be scoreless at the break, until City were gifted a 43rd minute lead.
Rondon had come deep to break up a City move, but sent a wayward pass into the path of Okazaki, who slid a perfect ball in for Vardy to produce a cool finish past Foster.

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In first half injury time Rondon got his head to a Chadli corner but sent it narrowly off target and City took a precious lead in with them at the break.

City created the first chance of the second half when Vardy fired in a low cross from the left, but it was a yard ahead of Okazaki’s reach in the middle.
Albion began to apply some pressure, but they hadn’t found the net in the previous four games. Rondon fired in a shot that was too close to Schmeichel, Yacob sent another shot well over, and Dawson headed wide from a free-kick. Dawson’s next header, from a corner, was on target, but deflected over the bar off Brunt.
City broke forward and Drinkwater sent Mahrez in on the right. He sidestepped Nyom and fired in a low shot that brushed the outside of the right hand post.
Drinkwater fouled on Morrison on the edge of the area, but Chadli’s free-kick flew a yard over the bar.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 67th minute, bringing Ulloa on for Okazaki, as West Brom began to press hard in search of an equaliser.
City’s defence dealt with everything that was thrown at them and Albion’s goalless streak stretched to a record fifth game.
Mahrez had a chance to extend City’s lead but couldn’t get the intended curl on his shot, which went well wide.
Rondon wasted a good chance, and then Chadli almost nipped in when Huth left a ball for Schmeichel, but City saw out the game for their second away win of the season.

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It took them to 40 points, and while not quite mathematically safe, the players went over to the away fans at the end to celebrate another virtually guaranteed year of Premier League football.
Craig Shakespeare was waiting for the rubber stamp when asked about safety: “No, I’m not going to say so. Of course, it takes another giant step towards it. We knew it would be a difficult game today but what I will say about it was that it was a real gutsy performance.”

Albion: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom (McClean 60), Livermore, Yacob (Fletcher 69), Brunt, Morrison (Leko 79), Chadli, Rondon. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Myhill, Harper, Field.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (King 81), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Ulloa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Gray.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 24,611.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Arsenal Jinx Continues for Leicester

Arsenal 1:0 Leicester City

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Arsenal made it ten home league wins in a row against Leicester, with a bit of outrageous fortune at the Emirates on Wednesday night…

Craig Shakepeare made a couple of changes for a fixture that hasn’t yielded a point for City since 1994-95, with Huth in for Morgan and Ulloa replacing Okazaki up front.
And they got off to a decent start against a hesitant looking Arsenal, carving out the first chance of the game in the 7th minute. Albrighton pounced on a wayward ball from Sanchez and nudged a ball inside for Vardy, but his shot found the side-netting.
Arsenal’s first real chance arrived on the quarter hour when Schmeichel had to be sharp to tip a well-struck Coquelin strike round the post.
The game settled into a pattern of City sitting back and Arsenal unable to do much with their possession, but the the visitors should have gone ahead in the 22nd minute.
A Fuchs long-throw sat up nicely for Mahrez but his thumping volley from 8 yards was too close to Cech who reacted very well to tip it over the bar

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Arsenal were struggling to make a dent in City’s backline, until Walcott burst into life in the 27th minute and jinked his way past a couple of challenges before prodding a chance to the near post which Schmeichel blocked.
From the resulting corner Fuchs produced an agile hooked clearance to deny Monreal a tap in.

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City were now pinned in their own half, but Arsenal’s final ball was still letting them down and the crowd’s frustration grew.
There was a near miss for each side before the break. Mahrez  beat Gabriel, but fired his shot wide, while Sanchez out ran Simpson along the 18 yard line, before launching a dipping shot against the crossbar.

The second half brought an early chance for Ndidi from a Fuchs throw, but he couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Cech.
At the other end Huth produced a fine saving tackle to deny Sanchez a great chance from a Bellerin through ball.
A  Xhaka shot then deflected off Huth, but Schmeichel managed to adjust in time to save.
City continued to frustrate their hosts, Koscielny got his head to a corner but sent it straight at Schmeichel.
Then both managers opted to change things. Shakespeare brought Okazaki on for Ulloa, while Arsene Wenger introduced Welbeck, and then Giroud and Ramsey.
City had a good chance in the 76th minute when Okazaki teed up Vardy inside the area, but he was off balance and sent a tame shot at Cech.
A minute later City went close again, Okazaki closing in on goal down the right before Gabriel managed to get in the way and block him five yards out.
Arsenal began to up the pressure, desperately seeking a winner, but City appeared to be fairly comfortable at the back… until the 86th minute.
There didn’t appear to be much danger from a Monreal shot that was heading well wide, before it glanced off Huth’s chest and span into the bottom right hand corner.
It was cruel luck for City, who pressed forward in search of a late equaliser.

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Tempers became frayed in time added on as Sanchez stood directly in front of Fuchs as he attempted a long throw. Referee Mike Jones didn’t force him back the two yards and Fuchs eventually bounced the ball off Sanchez’s shoulder. He went down clutching his face, but thankfully Jones booked the Chilean, rather than Fuchs who was already on a yellow. He also awarded a fre-kick, which led to a scramble in the Arsenal area which was eventually cleared.
That was City’s last chance, and for the tenth time in a row they came home from Arsenal pointless.

Craig Shakespeare summed up: “We had to show a lot of different attributes today, defend, put our bodies on the line, which I think we did for 85 minutes, but lady luck wasn’t with us, losing to a deflected shot. To not come away with a point, having put in that type of resilient performance, was disappointing.”

Arsenal: Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerín, Coquelin (Ramsey 75), Xhaka, Gibbs (Welbeck 68), Walcott (Giroud 75), Özil, Sánchez. Subs Not Used: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Martinez, Elneny
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, (Gray), Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Vardy, Ulloa (Okazaki 70). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Musa, King, Amartey, Zieler.
Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 59,829.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester’s European Adventure ended by Atletico masterclass

Leicester City 1:1 Atletico Madrid (1:2)

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City’s wonderful European Odyssey came to an end at the King Power on Tuesday night when Atletico Madrid’s first half away goal simply gave them too much to do…

Craig Shakespeare made one change from the first leg six days previously, with Morgan returning from his injury lay-off to replace the suspended Huth.
The teams emerged to a cauldron of an atmosphere with a forest of metallic blue, silver and gold flags in the home areas and the away corner contributing their own display of scarves.

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After we heard the Champions League Anthem for a tenth time, the noise increased still further as the game kicked off, with Madrid attacking the Kop end.

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With the game so finely balanced, neither side could afford to throw too many men forward, and the early stages saw City probing forward and trying to send Vardy through, but Atletico’s defence appeared to have the measure of him.
Atletico’s first attacking move came in the 12th minute, but Simpson managed to slide in to block a dangerous looking run from Griezmann.
The visitors’ attacking spell continued with fast and accurate passing and Carrasco’s low cross almost found Koke in the middle.
Saul then fired a shot from the edge of the area well wide.

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Ndidi wasted an opportunity as he ran forward into space but mishit his shot straight at Oblak.
City had a good spell 20 minutes in. They won a corner, but a Benalouane foul meant that it came to nought. But they continued to press forward and a Mahrez through ball sent Vardy into the area on the left. His cross to the near post found Okazaki but he blazed it wide from 6 yards as a challenge came in.
Soon after this, Griezmann brought Mahrez down, but the winger delivered a tame free-kick straight into Oblak’s grasp.
City then broke again, but Mahrez delayed his pass to Vardy and the offside flag halted the move.
Just as in the first leg, an attacking spell for City ended with a goal for Atletico.

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Filipe Luis swung in a cross from the left and Saul timed his run perfectly to send a precise header beyond Schmeichel’s reach and into the net.
It was the goal that City couldn’t afford to concede, and left them needing three goals to win the tie.
Although the crowd roared City on, Atletico were in control now and looking every inch one of the top sides in Europe.
Carrasco curled in a shot that Schmeichel had to be sharp to catch, before Mahrez struck a volley through a crowded defence that didn’t have enough pace to trouble Oblak.
Carrasco then went on a solo run down the right, rode a challenge from Benalouane, and seemed intent on dribbling the ball into the net before Schmeichel managed to halt his progress with a sliding tackle at the right hand post.

Craig Shakespeare was faced with a huge challenge at half time and he made two changes, introducing Ulloa and Chilwell for Okazaki and Benalouane.
This changed City’s shape and immediately made life less comfortable for the Champions League finalists. Both subs looked lively as City launched one attack after another.
There was a scare in the 50th minute, however, when Griezmann raced down the right, and hit a low cross to Carrasco. Albrighton applied just enough contact to prevent him from getting on the end of it without conceding a penalty.
City kept up the frantic pace and when a header from Vardy dropped into some space in the area Chilwell fired a fine volley inches over the bar.
City finally managed to breach Atletico’s defence in the 61st minute. Albrighton swung in a dangerous cross from the right which reached Chilwell at the back post. His fierce shot was blocked, but as he appealed to the ref for handball, the loose ball fell for Vardy who stabbed it home from six yards.
City still needed two goals, but the noise around the stadium was clamorous, Madrid were out of their comfort zone, and the miracle was still on.

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Four minutes later City came so close to a second. A Fuchs long throw from the left saw Morgan win an aerial duel and the ball sat up nicely for Ulloa who blasted a shot on target, but Hernandez somehow managed to block.
As City continued to pile forward Mahrez set up Vardy on the penalty spot but this time it was Savic who managed to get in the way of a goal bound effort.
With Atletico pinned in their own half, Ndidi was the next to have a shot on goal, but he miskicked it wide.
As the game entered the final twenty minutes Albrighton delivered another cross from the right, but Vardy’s smart backheeled effort didn’t catch out Oblak.
Godin then brought Mahrez down on the edge of the area: he took the free kick himself but it flew narrowly over the bar.
City continued to threaten relentlessly with crosses from Albrighton and Chilwell and long throws from Fuchs, but time was running out for them.
With seven minutes left Morgan went down and stayed down, having to be replaced by Amartey. It was a sad sight to see him limping round the perimeter after his first game back from injury and he was given a standing ovation all the way.
Atletico still had the threat of Griezmann on the break but on one occasion Schmeichel came racing way out of goal to thwart him, and then he should have fed Torres but fluffed the chance.
As the game entered time added on City looked exhausted after an incredible second half performance and Atletico had more posession.
Schmeichel came up for a late series of corners, but City couldn’t will the ball into the net and the final whistle signalled the end of City’s awfully big adventure.

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Most of the crowd remained after the final whistle, bristlng with pride, and after Diego Simeone had sought out the City players for a consoling hug, there was a fitting lap of honour.
It had been said that Leicester would embarrass England in the Champions League. As the last English team in the competition, winners of their group, and unbeaten at home, this could not have been further from the truth.

Craig Shakepeare summed up: “The whole club, from the supporters to the players to the owners can be immensely proud. We had them rattled with the effort and commitment we showed. It’s no discredit to lose to a team of that calibre. I’ve just said to the players that they should want more of this and they’ve agreed that that’s what they want. All players want to play at the highest level and the Champions League is the highest level but we have to get back to winning ways in the Premier League now.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (Amartey 84), Benalouane (Chilwell 45), Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki (Ulloa 45), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Musa, King, Zieler, Gray.
Atletico: Oblak, Juanfran (Hernández 55), Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis (Correa 74), Ñíguez, Gabi, Giménez, Koke, Carrasco (Torres 69), Griezmann. Subs Not Used: Moyá, Gameiro, Partey, Gaitán.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi. Attendance: 31,548.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester reined in at Palace

Crystal Palace 2:2 Leicester City

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City went 2-0 up at Selhurst Park on Saturday, but had to settle for a point as Palace struck back…

Craig Shakespeare’s balancing act continued, with points still needed to ensure Premier League survival, and a Champions League quarter-final awaiting on Tuesday.
He opted for minimal changes, with King and Ulloa in for Drinkwater and Okazaki.
City got off to a great start, winning all the early challenges and putting Palace on the back foot, before taking a 6th minute lead. Fuchs delivered a long throw from the left and Huth rose above the Palace defence to nod home from close range.
This jolted Palace into life and they began to press forward.
Huth blocked a Zaha shot, and then Schmeichel made a near post save from Benteke, the ball looping up before Huth ushered it away from the far post.
Puncheon then had a shot blocked by Huth before louds penalty appeals were turned down when a Townsend shot hit Albrighton on the arm.
Zaha volleyed wide, and Simpson picked up a booking, but City took their lead down the tunnel with them after some solid defending.

City began the second half brightly, Vardy setting up Mahrez for an off-target effort, before they extended their lead in the 52nd minute.
As a Palace corner was cleared, Mahrez sent Vardy on a run into the area. He cut inside Schlupp before firing a shot across Hennessey. Although the Palace keeper got a hand to it he couldn’t keep it out and Vardy celebrated in front of the travelling fans.

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However, this two goal cushion only lasted for two minutes. City failed to deal with a Zaha cross from the right, Schlupp slipped over as he attempted to shoot, but the ball went straight to Cabaye who slotted it past Schmeichel.
Palace began to pile on the pressue in pursuit of an equaliser and Huth made a vital block on a Zaha cross.
King was then booked for a foul on Townsend, before being replaced by Drinkwater.
Mahrez then had a chance that was deflected wide.
City lost the lead with 20 minutes to go when Townsend swung a cross in from the left and Benteke headed home from close in. Protests about him climbing on Benalouane to reach it were waved away.
At the other end the ball dropped for Ulloa in the area, but he stabbed his shot a yard wide of the right hand post.
Craig Shakespeare then made a couple of changes, bringing on Gray for Mahrez and  Chilwell for Benalouane.
City dealt with a Cabaye free kick and a Townsend cross, while a Van Aanholt clearance went straight at Drinkwater, but he couldn’t direct his shot on target.
Both sides had to be content with a point, which was disappointing after City had gone two goals up, but was another step towards safety.
Although City were nine points clear of the relegation zone Shakespeare still exercised caution: “We need more points because we’re never quite sure what can happen in football. Teams can go on a run – as we’ve proved.”

Attention now turns to Tuesday night’s Champions League game, which will have to be faced without Huth, who’d been a rock in defence once again…

 

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp (Van Aanholt 69), Milivojevic, Cabaye, Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha (McArthur 84), Benteke. Subs Not Used: Speroni, Flamini, Campbell, Sako, Delaney.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane (Chilwell 76), Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 75), Ndidi, King (Drinkwater 64), Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Musa, Amartey, Okazaki, Zieler.
Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 25,504 

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Leicester hopes still alive after being robbed in Madrid

Atletico Madrid 1:0 Leicester City

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A poor penalty decision proved to be the only difference between the sides as City lost 1-0 in Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night…

There was an electric atmosphere inside the Vicente Calderón Stadium, in what will be its last season, with many more Leicester fans than the official away allocation in attendance.
Craig Shakepeare sent out the line-up everyone was expecting, with captain Morgan still sidelined with a back injury, and due to the colour clash they were in 80s style blue shirts with white shorts and white socks.

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City created the first chance of the game after three minutes when Vardy made good progress down the left, but no one could reach his low cross.
City got a scare two minutes later when Koke cut in from the left and fired a fierce right-footer from the edge of the area against the left hand post.
Soon after this Griezmann crossed from the left, and although Huth got his head to it, the ball fell for Carrasco at the far post, but he volleyed high and wide with Fuchs applying some pressure.

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Atletico kept pressing forward with intensity, Griezmann launched a long-range effort a yard over the bar and then Filipe Luiz missed the target with a near post header.
But then City, with Ndidi pulling the strings, began to find their way into the game.
They enjoyed a spell of possession and were probing forward with Albrighton delivering a couple of crosses, but in the 29 minute Atletico ‘did a Leicester’ on us and took a 29th minute lead.
Play was on the edge of Atletico’s area when Griezmann went haring the length of the field down the left. Albrighton matched him for pace and looked to have done the perfect spoiling job, bringing the Madrid star down a couple of feet outside the area.
But referee Jonas Eriksson pointed to the spot, and Griezmann sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot kick.
Despite this blow, and the incredible noise around the stadium, City kept their composure.
Koko sent another long-range effort off target, while Albrighton did the same at the other end.
The ref was buying dives from the home players all over the field, so it was difficult for City to get anything going, but they got to half time, just one controversial goal behind.

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Craig Shakespeare started the second half with King on for Okazaki.
Atletico were on top for the opening stages and Benalouane picked up a yellow  for a late challenge on Torres as the defence began to look stretched.
But City weathered the early storm again and play moved to Atletico’s area. A Fuchs long throw wasn’t dealt with and Huth had a shot blocked before Mahrez picked up the loose ball but his attempted curler into the top corner flew well wide.
Bad news followed this when Griezmann was bowled over by Huth, who picked up a yellow card that would rule him out of the return leg.

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On the hour Mahrez picked up the ball on the left, made his way into the area and beat one man before crashing into Gabi rather too obviously. The ref wasn’t tempted to award a second penalty.
Atletico should have gone 2-0 up a minute later when Gabi sent Torres in on goal. He rounded Huth to make space for a shot but slipped over at the vital moment.
There was another close call when Torres fed Griezmann in down the left but his cross flashed across goal with no Madrid players in the goal mouth.
Craig Shakespeare made his second substitution in the 77th minute, bringing Slimani on for Vardy. Soon after this there was more activity around the dug out when technical staff member Tom Joel was sent to the stands for straying into the home technical area while delivering energy drinks to the players. There’s nothing like getting the big decisions right.
With five minutes remaining Benalouane produced a vital interception to cut out a low Juanfran cross that was heading for Griezmann.
Bar one run into the box from Correa, City weren’t really troubled up to the full time whistle and the game ended with City just one goal down and still in with a realistic prospect of further progress in the competition.

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Craig Shakespeare was not happy with the nature of the defeat:  “We were hard done by. It is one of the major decisions in the game – a definite foul but outside the box. I think it is a disappointing moment, a key moment. The referee has to get that one right, you can’t guess. Refs have a hard job but you want the key decisions correct.”

But it was another glorious European adventure for the fans, at least for the ones who avoided the indiscriminate police batons. Eight years ago to the day City were playing at Hereford in the third tier… now they have a decent chance of an appearance in the Champions League semi-finals.

Atletico: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis, Carrasco (Correaat 65), Gabi, Ñíguez, Koke, Torres (Parteyat 75), Griezmann. Subs Not Used: Correa, Cerci, Hernández, Partey, Gaitán, Giménez, Campos Moreira
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 45), Vardy (Slimaniat 77). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, King, Amartey, Slimani, Zieler, Gray, Ulloa.
Referee: J Eriksson. Attendance: 51,423.

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Everton end Leicester’s winning run

Everton 4:2 Leicester City

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A City starting XI with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final were beaten 4-2 by Everton at Goodison on Sunday…

With TV scheduling forcing City to play three days before one of the biggest games in the club’s history Craig Shakespeare had a balancing act to pull off, and made five changes to his starting line-up. Fuchs, Simpson, Okazaki, Ndidi and Mahrez were replaced by Chilwell, Amartey, Albrighton, King and Slimani.

They didn’t get off to a great start, with Everton taking the lead after just 31 seconds.
Mirallas cut through City’s back-line with a strong run down the middle before Amartey brought him down on the edge of the area. Referee Bobby Madley allowed play to continue,  Davies seized on the loose ball and produced a neat finish to beat Schmeichel.
City’s defence were still looking shaky two minutes later when Lukaku set up Mirallas with a fine ball from the right, but he miscontrolled and wasted the chance.
However, by the fourth minute City were level. Gray charged forward on the break and picked out an unmarked Slimani who slotted a cool finish through Robles’ legs.
By the 10th minute City were ahead. Vardy was fouled on the left. Albrighton swung in the free-kick and the ball flew over everyone, including Robles, and found the top right hand corner.

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It had been an incredible turn around by City and Gray went on another run four minutes later, but his shot didn’t have enough zip to trouble Robles.
But the home side levelled matters in the 23rd minute. Barkley delivered a superb cross from the right and a slackly marked Lukaku only had to apply his head to it to make it 2-2.
There was a flare up in the 28th minute when Mirallas objected to a challenge by Huth and ill-advisedly grabbed a handful of the big German’s shirt. Both players were yellow-carded.
Everton were running the game up to the break and regained their lead in the 41st minute. Barkley broke free on goal, and rounded Schmeichel who somehow managed to get a last ditch hand to his shot on goal.
But it was a temporary reprieve, as Mirallas swung in a fine corner kick and Jagielka rose above a weak Benalouane challenge to head home and give Everton a half time lead.

Everton continued to look threatening in the second half, with Lukaku, Mirallas and Barkley all on top form.
City were restricted to the occasional chance, and Slimani had a shot deflected just wide.
Everton sealed victory in the 57th minute when City conceded from another corner.
Mirallas whipped the flag kick in from the left,  Jagielka got a touch to it and the ball fell nicely for Lukaku to fire home his second at the far post.
Soon after this goal, Mahrez and Musa replaced Gray and Vardy, but it was another sub, Ulloa who almost made an instant impact in the 78th minute.
Mahrez ook a corner from the right and Ulloa’s first touch, a thumping header, struck Gueye when it looked goalbound.
Ulloa then got his head to a Mahrez cross, but Robles made a fine reaction save before Jagielka hooked the ball clear.
But this game was over long before the end and Craig Shakespeare’s six game winning run was at an end.
The fifteen points earned since he took over meant that this game could be sacrificed to an extent, and no one could blame Shakespeare for planning around next Wednesday night with his team selection.

Madrid, here we come…

Everton: Robles, Holgate, Pennington, Jagielka, Baines, Gana, Schneiderlin (Barry 73), Davies, Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas. Subs Not Used: Valencia, Stekelenburg, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Kenny, Williams.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Benalouane, Huth, Chilwell, Albrighton (Ulloa 78), King, Drinkwater, Gray (Mahrez 61), Slimani, Vardy (Musa 61). Subs Not Used: Kapustka, Simpson, Zieler, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 39,573. 

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Late Leicester show sees off Sunderland

Leicester City 2:0 Sunderland

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City recovered from a disjointed first half performance to mark up their fifth consecutive Premier League win, against Sunderland at the KPS on Tuesday night.

Craig Shakespeare made no changes to his side against bottom placed and seemingly doomed Sunderland, but City struggled to get their game together in a frustrating first half.
After an early chance for City when a Gray cross from the left was met by a near post flick from Okazaki, that went wide, the game settled into a pattern of Sunderland defending resolutely while attempting to counter attack on the flanks.
Larsson wa sa threat for the visitors, with one cross being nodded behind for a corner by Simpson, and another setting up Defoe for an off target effort.
In an even encounter, Huth forced a back-pedalling save from Pickford after getting his head to a Mahrez free kick, and Defoe sent a 25 yard shot wide. Ndong also capped a strong run with a near miss, before Gray cut in from the left, but his attempted curler into the top right, was finger-tipped wide by Pickford.
At the half time whistle Sunderland had just about had the best of the opening half, while City had struggled to get their passing game going.

The second half continued in much the same vein. Sunderland, now nine hours without a goal, had a couple of on target shots from Larsson and Defoe, but both went straight at Schmeichel.
Craig Shakespeare made a double substitution in the 62nd minute, with Albrighton and Slimani on for Gray and Okazaki, and it took just seven minutes to reap its reward.
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City immediately looked better for the change, and a downward header from Huth forced a good save from Pickford.
Then the two subs combined to give City a 69th minute lead.
Albrighton delivered an inviting cross from the left, and Slimani nodded it home from six yards out.
City kept the pressure up, with Slimani and Vardy both off target with decent chances, before they got a scare at the other end.
In the 77th minute an Anichebe shot took a slight deflection off Huth onto the post. Defoe, following up on the rebound, could only find the side-netting.

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Just a minute later City put the game to bed with a second goal, Albrighton the creator again. He chased what looked like a lost cause to beat Jones to a loose ball on the left, and then found Vardy in the middle with a slide rule pass which the England striker slammed home from 14 yards out.

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It was City’s fifth win from five Premier League games since Shakespeare took the reins, and took them into the top half of the table.

The City boss still urged a note of caution: “I couldn’t imagine going on this winning run when i got the job, especially when I saw the games in front of us. But it doesn’t seem easy and I’ve never felt really comfortable until the final whistle. I am still not going to say that we are safe, because other teams are capable of going on good runs. I have been in football for long enough to know anything can happen. We have to make sure we stay focused and move onto the next one.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi (King 82), Drinkwater, Gray (Albrighton 62), Vardy, Okazaki (Slimani 62). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Amartey, Zieler, Ulloa.
Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Kone, Denayer, Oviedo, Cattermole (Anichebe 73), Ndong, Rodwell (Gibson 80), Larsson (Khazri 73), Defoe, Borini. Subs Not Used: Mannone, Djilobodji, Manquillo, Januzaj.

Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 31,757. 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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