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Late Cardiff strike brings Leicester back down to earth

Leicester City 0:1 Cardiff City

Leicester City v Cardiff City - Premier League

A spectacular injury time goal from Camarasa earned Cardiff the points at the KPS on Saturday as City looked a shadow of the side that had beaten Chelsea and Man City…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side with Morgan and Choudhury replaced by Söyüncü and Gray.
The pattern of the game soon established itself with Cardiff defending in numbers and City having plenty of the ball.
Cardiff had a scare in the 5th minute when Cunningham intercepted a ball from Gray but then a back pass beyond Etheridge. To his relief it trickled inches wide of the post.
Cardiff then had spell of pressure and Morrison got his head to a Gunnarsson cross but cleared the bar. But City soon regained their dominance.
A skilful drag back earned Maddison some space for a 20-yarder but Etheridge guided it round the post. Ndidi sent a header over the bar from a corner and then a Ricardo shot forced a good save from Etheridge.
After a Bamba foul on Maddison the City No 10 picked himself up and swung the free-kick over the wall, but it didn’t have enough pace to beat Etheridge.
As half time approached Cardiff ventured forward more. There were big shouts for a penalty when Mendy appeared to shove Paterson over, and then a misplaced Söyüncü header hit the top of the bar.
As play switched from end to end, Maddison sent Vardy in down the left channel but  Etheridge was swiftly off his line to block the shot.

Leicester City v Cardiff City - Premier League

Etheridge was called into action again, saving a well-struck Gray shot and the sides went in goalless at half time. Many fans had expected a frustrating afternoon, and that’s what they were getting.

Etheridge made another fine save from Ricardo early in the second half, before getting booked for time-wasting when he didn’t appear to grasp the fact that he had to take a goal kick.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 58th minute, replacing a tired looking Albrighton with Ghezzal.
A wayward pass from Söyüncü then presented Murphy with a chance but Schmeichel got his defender off the hook with a solid save.
Puel then made an unpopular decision in the 68th minute, bringing  Iheanacho on for Vardy, and prompting loud booing from the stands.
This substitution didn’t look any better six minutes later when City were awarded a penalty.  Maddison wriggled through a crowded penalty area, playing a one-two with Ghezzal before having his arm pulled by Morrison. With no Vardy on the field Maddison took the kick, and sent it lamely within Etheridge’s reach. To make matters worse Maddison was slow to react to the rebound and was beaten to the ball by Bamba.

Leicester City v Cardiff City - Premier League

Okazaki came on for Gray as City tried to find a breakthrough with increasing desperation. Ghezzal fired in a shot that Bamba did well to block, and then he attempted a dipping 20-yarder that went narrowly wide.
As the game entered time-added-on Cardiff looked as though they fancied a first win of the season and began to press forward.
Schmeichel had to tip a Camarasa free-kick over the bar, but this was only a warning shot. Two minutes later the Real Betis player was given too much room 25 yards out and he launched a superb dipping shot into the top right hand corner.

Leicester City v Cardiff City - Premier League

After the recent triumphs a point would have been disappointing but understandable. But a defeat was tough to take, especially after the penalty award that should have given City the lead.

After a period of grace, the pressure is now piled back onto Claude Puel, who appears to be his own worst enemy at times. Although it is a hectic schedule, should he have changed a winning side and formation?
Puel explained his substitution of Vardy: “I manage my team about what I see. Jamie was in difficulty, he was tired. It’s normal. He has played almost all the last games, with full minutes. For Jamie or for other players, they have tiredness in this busy period.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Söyüncü, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi,
Albrighton (Ghezzal 58), Maddison, Gray (Okazaki 79), Vardy (Iheanacho 68).
Substitutes: Simpson, Ward, Iborra, Fuchs.
Cardiff: Etheridge, Ecuele, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Cunningham, Gunnarsson,
Hoilett (Reid 83), Camarasa, Arter (Peltier 90), Murphy (Harris 78), Paterson.
Substitutes: Bennett, Ralls, Smithies, Mendez-Laing.

Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 32,047.

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Ricardo cracker sees Leicester beat the Champions

Leicester City 2:1 Manchester City

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

City came from behind to beat Manchester City at the KPS on Boxing Day, with a scorching 81st minute winner from Ricardo Pereira…

Claude Puel stuck with the same starting line-up from the win at Chelsea for the visit of the Champions and it was to produce another victory.
Man City hogged possession in the early stages but City looked fairly comfortable at the back, until they were unlocked in the 14th minute.
Aguero fed a ball through to Bernardo Silva who timed his run perfectly to stay onside and had time to place his shot past Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Although going a goal down to a side like Man City early on can deaden the atmosphere, City struck back five minutes later. After a period of pressure from the visitors, which saw shots straight at Schmeichel from Sané and De Bruyne, City broke upfield.
Vardy cut in from the left and sent a ball over to the far post where Albrighton had raced clear of his marker to nod the ball back across Ederson and into the net.
Man City applied the pressure again, but on the half hour Claude Puel wrote a short letter to Maddison, informing him that he was to play behind Vardy, with Choudhury moving to the right and Albrighton to the left.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

After this switch round, City were the better side and began to create much more going forward.
They had a scare in the 37th minute though, when some poor distribution from Schmeichel led to Sané squaring to Aguero, who jabbed the ball over the bar from six yards.
Maddison had a shot saved by Ederson at his near post, and then a Chilwell cross from the left found Choudhury at the far post but he didn’t get good contact on a difficult chance and the ball went across the goalmouth before it was cleared by Stones.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Maddison and Maguire also sent chances wide as City dominated up to the break and it was the visitors who were happiest to hear the half time whistle.

Maddison had the first chance of the second half, but sent his long range effort a couple of yards wide.
Although the visitors weren’t at their best they were still a constant threat and City had to work hard, hunt in packs, and get their tackles in.
Maguire went in a bit too hard, clattering Bernardo Silva from behind to pick up a yellow card, but he made amends clearing the free-kick with a towering header.
Man City were pressing hard now and Claude Puel made a change in the 62nd minute, bringing Gray on for Choudhury, who was cheered to the rafters.
Morgan produced a fine block to deny Sané, and Schmeichel slid out to smother a De Bruyne effort and the Champions continued to threaten, but City had a good chance of their own. Maddison sent Vardy in down the left, but Laporte got in with a fine block tackle as he pulled the trigger.
Maguire did the same at the other end to rob Sané as he looked to be clear on goal. With Maguire on a yellow it had to be a perfectly timed challenge, and it was.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Man City appeared to be running out of steam, and another change, Simpson on for Maddison in the 77th minute, appeared to turn the tide with Ricardo free to go forward.
City pressed forward, and earned a corner in the 81st minute. Albrighton’s delivery was poor, with Sané heading it away from the far post. The loose ball went to Ricardo, 18 yards out, and he took a touch before lashing it across the crowded penalty area, beyond Ederson and into the net.
The KPS exploded with joy and City were nine minutes away from an unlikely Christmas double.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Pep Guardiola brought Mahrez on for Bernado Silva, but City were looking comfortable at the back and managing the game well. Sané fired a shot well over, as did Gray at the other end. The final change came in the 88th minute when Okazaki replaced Vardy, but then Man City were reduced to ten men when Delph followed through after a challenge and caught Ricardo on the knee. Although Ricardo swiftly got back to his feet referee Mike Dean had a quick consultation with his linesman and produced a straight red.
City retained possession well for the remainder of the game and the final whistle confirmed a second superb victory in four days.
The six points against top six opponents shifted City up to 7th place and relieved what had been mounting pressure on Claude Puel.
Puel commented: “We need now to maintain a level. I will see the recovery of the players. The most important game will be against Cardiff. We created the upset but we played against top sides. It was just a challenge. I would like to congratulate my players – it was amazing.”

It was indeed amazing. Merry Christmas.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Gray 63), Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Vardy (Okazaki 88), Maddison (Simpson 78).
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Iborra, Ghezzal.
Man City: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph, De Bruyne (Silva 70), Gündogan, Bernardo Silva (Mahrez 83), Sterling, Agüero, Sané.
Substitutes: Walker, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden, Muric.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 32,090.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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Vardy strike seals fine Leicester victory at Chelsea

Chelsea 0:1 Leicester City

1819 chelsea away

City stunned Chelsea on Saturday with a huge team performance, and a goal from Jamie Vardy, being enough to earn the first win at Stamford Bridge in 18 years…

Claude Puel made eight changes to the line-up that drew with Manchester City in the League Cup, with Choudhury retaining his place in a five-man midfield.
It was a defensive set up that was happy to sit back as Chelsea probed for an early opening. There was an early scare when Luiz lofted a ball forward for Willian clear on goal but Schmeichel came out to meet him and neither made meaningful contact.
City’s first foray upfield came in the 12th minute. Maddison went over in the area but referee Lee Probert wasn’t interested. Albrighton then delivered a cross which Morgan headed wide.
Chelsea increased the pressure, but Kovacic fired a shot into the visitors’ section and then Luiz just failed to get his head to a flicked on corner from close in.
Azpilicueta then fired a shot well over, Hazard was judged to be narrowly offside as he went clear on goal, and a couple of corners were cleared as City’s defence stood firm.
Ndidi picked up a yellow card for sliding in on Hazard on the half hour.
Hazard recovered and soon wriggled through City’s defence before lashing a shot against the bar after Maguire had given the ball away.
Four minutes before the break Ndidi produced a fine 30-yard shot which Arrizabalaga tipped over the bar. As play swept up the other end Hazard and Kante combined to set up Willian, but Schmiechel saved.
Just before the break Jorginho struck a thunderous volley which Schmeichel punched away.
It had been one-way traffic, but City survived to half-time with their clean sheet intact.

The game turned on its head seven minutes into the second half when City delighted their followers by going ahead. It was a superb breaking move, Ricardo won the ball, made himself some space with a back-heel and then found Maddison who slipped Vardy through to smash the ball home.
Chelsea appeared to have run out of ideas at this stage with both Willian and Hazard sending long-range efforts straight at Schmeichel.
But then Hazard broke in down the left and delivered a blistering near post shot that Schmeichel did very well to get a hand to.
City were looking threatening on the break now, with Ricardo and Chilwell putting in a huge shift on the flanks. When Arrizabalaga made a hash of gathering a cross the ball dropped for Vardy but his back-heeled shot was blocked by a grounded Azpilicueta.
City were holding on to possession well now, and Choudhury was magnificent, snuffing out danger all over he middle of the park.
Albrighton then hit a well-struck 20-yarder but Arrizabalaga did well to see it through a crowded area and pull off a fine save.
Puel made a couple of changes to tired legs as the game moved into the final ten minutes, with Gray on for Maddison and then Iheanacho replacing Vardy.
City were managing the game well but had two big scares as went into time added on.
Rudiger headed wide from a Pedro corner when he should have buried the chance.
And then it looked like Chelsea had rescued a point when Alonso went clean through on Schmeichel. The City keeper was beaten by the shot, and the fans were up and celebrating, when the ball hit the inside of the post and flew across the goalmouth to safety.
The final whistle heralded a superb win for City, with the second half probably being their best performance of the season. It had been an energised and grittily determined display, with counter-attack once again proving to be this side’s forte.

Claude Puel responded to news stories about player unrest: “I have no comments about this. I do my work. It’s not always easy, but it’s important to analyse the games. You can’t always look at the table. We’ve not had the consistency. We’ve conceded some early goals and had some red cards. We had problems in first half , but had the mentality and quality after that. I was happy with our players today.”

It was a highly unlikely win for City, but ensured a Merry Christmas… Manchester City up next.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Kanté, Jorginho (Fàbregas 75), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 61), Pedro, Hazard, Willian (Giroud 61).
Substitutes: Fàbregas, Barkley, Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury, Mendy,
Ndidi, Albrighton, Vardy (Iheanacho 84), Maddison (Gray 82).
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Iborra, Fuchs.

Referee: Lee Probert. Attendance: 40,558.

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Leicester fail from the penalty spot after battling to a draw

Leicester City 1:1 Manchester City

(Man City win 3:1 on penalties)

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

City bowed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw with Man City was followed by a disastrous penalty shoot-out…

Claude Puel repeated his strategy of making seven changes against the Champions, almost a year to the day after the two sides met at the same stage of the competition.
With a possible semi-final against Burton up for grabs this was a source of great frustration for many fans.
Although Pep Guardiola made eight changes, it was still a strong line-up that included Riyad Mahrez.
Man City stroked the ball around for the opening spell, though the City defence got some decent blocks and tackles in.  But a moment of sublime skill saw the visitors take a 14th minute lead. De Bruyne played the ball off his own leg to change direction and found the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards.
It looked like it might be a very long night at this stage. Man City kept the pressure on, and Mahrez skied one effort from close in and then sent a free kick straight into the wall.

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

At the 20 minute mark City started to get a few moves going and Fuchs sent a long ball forward to Iheanacho who took too long to get in his stride and was tackled by Garcia.
Gray then took a shot from 20 yards that had to be guided round the post by Muric.
In the driving rain a few choice sliding tackles were going in, but Choudhury and Ndidi both escaped yellow cards for challenges on Zinchenko and Mahrez.
While Man City dominated up to the half time whistle City’s dogged defence, or the linesman’s flag managed to keep them at bay.
After Ward saved a Mahrez cross from the left, and VAR decided that Ndidi hadn’t fouled Diaz in the area, the half time whistle saw City still in the game.

An Iborra error in midfield allowed Man City an early chance, but Ward did well to come out and block Aguero’s shot.
In the 53rd minute Claude Puel made his first change, bringing Maddison on for Ghezzal. This worked well, with City enjoying more possession, and a second change came in the 61st minute with Albrighton on for Iborra. Albrighton soon earned a corner, which ended with Maguire sending a tame header at Muric.
Sterling came on for Man City and instantly created a chance for Mahrez which missed the target. City then had a chance at the other end when a quickly taken free-kick from Maddison sent Iheanacho in down the left, but again he appeared to have no confidence whatsoever and the move fizzled out.
But City levelled with a superbly taken goal in the 73rd minute. Ndidi sent a looping pass to meet Albrighton’s run into the right channel and his brilliant first touch set him up to crash the ball past Muric.

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

The visitors applied the pressure in an attempt to regain the lead.
Mahrez attempted to curl a shot in at the far post when he should have pulled it back to a queue of team-mates, and Choudhury got in a last ditch tackle on Jesus in the area that was checked by VAR but rightly judged to be a fair one.
Puel then tried to tighten things up, bringing on Ricardo for the hapless Iheanacho.
The excellent Choudhury then applied enough pressure on Gundogan to force his shot wide, and then dispossessed Jesus in a dangerous position, before the final whistle heralded yet another Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out.

Maguire took the first one, at the Kop end for a change,  and although Muric got a hand to it, it had just enough pace to beat him.
Gundogan took the next, and Ward got a touch but to his frustration it also went in.
Fuchs then scooped his effort over the bar to give the visitors the advantage.
That advantage was soon gone when Sterling attempted a ‘Panenka’ lobbing the ball down the middle, but also clearing the bar in the process. A delighted Ward laughed in his face.
But the laughter ceased when Maddison came in with a stuttering run, sending a horribly feeble effort well within Muric’s reach.
Jesus also tried an over-elaborate approach, which led to him falling over, but he got enough contact to beat Ward.
Söyüncü had apparently learned nothing from the previous attempts, starting, stopping, starting again and stopping again before presenting Muric with an easy save to his left.
Zinchenko then fired in the first decent penalty of the night to send Man City into the semi-finals.

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

It all seemed like a dreadful waste after City had battled to stay in the tie, as one of the doors that could have led to this being more than a very ordinary season slammed shut.

Leicester: Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Maguire, Fuchs, Ghezzal (Maddison 53), Choudhury, Iborra (Albrighton 61), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Ricardo 81).
Substitutes: Morgan, Jakupovic, Okazaki, Mendy.
Man City: Muric, Walker, Garcia, Otamendi, Zinchenko, De Bruyne (Gündogan 71), Stones, Foden, Mahrez, Agüero (Jesus 76), Diaz (Sterling 66).
Substitutes: Delph, Ederson, Sandler, Nmecha.

Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 24,644.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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Leicester drift to defeat as Palace break Zaha jinx

Crystal Palace 1:0 Leicester City

1819 palace away

A very poor City performance saw them lose 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday…

Claude Puel made four changes to his starting line-up with Vardy and Maguire returning from injury, Albrighton back in, and Fuchs replacing the injured Chilwell.
But if this was a side that looked very close to City’s strongest, they didn’t play like it.
There was an early scare when Maguire went down clutching the knee that had kept him sidelined since early November, but he recovered after treatment.
City then had the first chance of the game, but Ndidi blazed his shot over.
There were few notable incidents for most of the first half, played out in pouring rain.
In the 24th minute an Ayew cross found the roof of the net.
Then, four minutes later, Vardy netted after a coming together with Palace keeper Guaita, but the goal was ruled out. Replays seemed to show that the keeper was rather lucky, with it looking like a 50-50 challenge.
Soon after this Vardy got his head to a Fuchs cross but failed to test Guaita.
A rare moment of quality in a midfield scrap of a game saw Palace take a 38th minute lead. Milivojevic collected the ball 20 yards out and was allowed time and space to line up a fine shot that beat Schmeichel to his right. Son was allowed to do the same in the Spurs game the previous week.
Palace pressed forward as half time approached and Meyer sent a low shot inches wide. McArthur then went on a run into the area, but threw himself down as Ricardo came in to challenge, earning himself a yellow card.

Claude Puel made a change for the second half with Ghezzal on for Maddison. Gray was moved into the centre, but wasted a couple of chances that went flying over the bar.
Gray then attempted to beat the entire palace defence on his own, a lucky deflection setting him up for a shot on the turn that went wide.
After a couple of off target shots from Palace, City put a decent move together but Ghezzal side-footed wide.
Puel made his second change in the 72nd minute, bringing Iheanacho on for Gray.
City’s best move of the game almost produced a goal in the 78th minute. Ghezzal and Iheanacho combined to slice through Palace’s back line and set up Vardy, whose poked effort was well saved by Guaita. The ball hit the inside of the left hand post and went straight back into the keeper’s grasp.
It was City’s last decent chance and they ended a miserable afternoon in South London with no goals and no points. Palace hadn’t been any better, but summoned up one special moment that won the game.
City’s performance had been lacking in direction, with the fans, and quite possibly the players unsure of what the plan was.
The pressure is beginning to build on Claude Puel again, and City moved down to 12th place.

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, van Aanholt, McArthur, Kouyaté (Schlupp 65), Milivojevic, Meyer (Puncheon 90), Townsend, Ayew (Sørloth 78). Substitutes: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Wickham.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton (Okazaki 89), Maddison (Ghezzal 45), Gray (Iheanacho 73), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Evans, Ward, Iborra.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 24,738.

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Punchless Leicester undone by Son

Leicester City 0:2 Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

City were eased aside by a below-strength Tottenham side at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night…

Claude Puel made four changes to his side, with Evans, Ricardo, Gray and Iborra back in the side and a place for Maguire on the bench. With Vardy still injured, Iheanacho retained the lone striker role.
With an eye on Tuesday night’s game against Barcelona, Pochettino left Kane and Eriksen out of his starting line-up.
City had the best of the opening spell: in the second minute Maddison set Iheanacho up, but he dithered on the ball and was robbed by Aurier.
Ndidi then broke through but ballooned his shot over the bar.
And in the 10th minute Chilwell beat Aurier down the left but his cross was blocked by Vertonghen before it reached Iheanacho.
Spurs got a hold on possession after that, but rarely threatened City’s goal.
Alli played a one-two with Lucas Moura in the area, but Morgan, who had a fine game, snuffed out the danger.
In the 37th minute Alli threw himself to the ground in the area, with no contact from Evans, but Craig Pawson decided it didn’t warrant a yellow card.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Tottenham were applying some pressure leading up to the break – Alli almost got through but was denied by Morgan. But just when it looked as though City would make it to half-time on level terms Spurs opened the scoring seconds before time.
Son was given too much room on the edge of the area and curled a shot across Schmeichel and in at the far post.

If City had matched Spurs for most of the first half, they never really got into gear after the break, with too many misplaced passes, and virtually no options up front.
Son attempted another shot, but blazed it high and wide. And then tried another, which was blocked by Morgan.
Lloris then presented City with a chance from a terrible clearance but Chilwell, scuffed a hurried shot well wide.
Claude Puel made a double change in the 56th minute bringing Ghezzal and Albrighton on for Iborra and Iheanacho, but two minutes later Spurs doubled their lead.
Son crossed from the left and an unmarked – and offside looking – Alli beat Schmeichel with a diving header at the far post.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

It was difficult to see City coming back with so little presence up front. At one point Albrighton shaped to cross, but had to stop with absolutely nobody in the area.
In the 79th minute Puel brought Okazaki on for Mendy, and his enthusiasm at least sparked a late rally. Gray had a shot blocked, and then, in the 87th minute, City had their first shot on target, when Ghezzal curled a shot straight at Lloris. Maddison then fired a ball across the six yard line, but Okazaki couldn’t reach it. Ghezzal then sent a tame shot at Lloris to double the shots on target stat.
Overall, it was a very poor night for City, and one striker being injured should not constitute a crisis. This over-reliance on Jamie Vardy needs to be addressed in the January transfer window if City are hoping to achieve a top half finish.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Mendy (Okazaki 79), Iborra (Albrighton 56), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Ghezzal 56), Maddison.
Substitutes: Ward, Maguire, Fuchs, Choudhury.
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier (Walker-Peters 78), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Son Heung-Min (Kane 74), Lucas Moura (Eriksen 67).
Substitutes: Rose, Nkoudou, Gazzaniga, Skipp.

Referee: Craig Pawson. Attendance: 31,957.

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Below-par Leicester scrape a point at Fulham

Fulham 1:1 Leicester City

1819 fulham away

City got a point from a poor performance against Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham on Wednesday night…

Claude Puel made four changes to his side, Iheanacho and Soyuncu replaced the injured Vardy and Evans, while Simpson and Diabate were given their first Premier League starts of the season.
City almost got off to a perfect start when an incisive through ball from Maddison sent Iheanacho through on goal but his attempted lift over the keeper hit the advancing Rico in the chest.
Fulham’s first chance came in the 8th minute when Morgan fouled Kamara 20 yards out, but Mitrovic’s free-kick was delivered tamely straight at Schmeichel.
Three minutes later Schmeichel made an excellent save from a Le Marchand shot that diverted off Mitrovic, but the linesman signalled offside.
In the 20th minute Schmeichel produced a fine save after Odoi nodded down for Chambers from a free-kick, the latter firing across goal.
Fulham threatened again when Sessegnon got the better of Soyuncu to hit a low cross in, but Simpson blocked and Schmeichel fielded the steepling loose ball.
Kamara then tried a fancy curling shot with the outside of his boot that went a couple of yards wide.
Although Chilwell had been struggling with his crosses he delivered a decent one on the half hour, but Morgan mistimed his jump and sent a header over from a dangerous position. As City had a spell of pressure Maddison cut a corner-kick back to Chilwell, lurking on the edge of the box but he miscued his shot.
At the other end Ndidi threw himself in front of Chambers shot and Mitrovic headed wide from the resulting corner.
In a game that lacked quality, but was finely poised, it was City’s turn to miss a chance. Maddison cut back another corner to Albrighton who chipped to the far post, but Morgan’s downward header from close in was placed to close to Rico.
Vietto then caused chaos in City’s area, dancing round three defenders before Chilwell managed to block his shot.
But it was Claudio Ranieri’s side who opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. A Mitrovic backheel sent Kamara in down the left and he dummied to shoot, sending Soyuncu almost into the crowd, before hitting a shot through Schmeichel’s legs from a tight angle.

It was Fulham who emerged from the tunnel for the second half looking more purposeful and they were on top in the early stages.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 55th minute, bringing Gray on for Diabate.
But City still struggled to put an attacking move together with Fulham determined to protect their lead. And the home side looked the more likely scorers with Mawson heading wide from a corner and Cairney sending a shot inches past the post.
Puel made a double change in the 72nd minute, bringing Okazaki and Iborra on for Simpson and Mendy, and it produced instant results.
Okazaki and Gray linked well with a one-two down the right, before Okazaki picked out Maddison’s run into the area, setting him up perfectly for a neat side-footed finish.
It was City’s only true moment of quality all night, but was enough to earn a point.
Both sides had chances to win the game in a frantic end to the game.
Iborra went close with a header, Gray forced a good save from Rico with a fierce shot, and Maddison had a shot blocked and sent the rebound over the bar.
While at the other end Cairney’s well-struck shot was parried by Schmeichel and Odoi headed over the bar.
Fulham should have won the game in the fourth minute of injury time after a corner was cleared by Soyuncu, Cairney lifted the ball over the defence and Odoi was presented with a gilt-edged chance from 6 yards which he sent well over the bar.

A draw was the right result in a game that neither side had done enough to win.

Fulham: Rico, Christie (Ream 84), Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand (Bryan 77), Chambers, Seri, Kamara, Vietto (Cairney 46), Sessegnon, Mitrovic.
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Kebano, SchurrleZambo.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki 72), Morgan, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Mendy (Iborra 72), Ndidi, Albrighton, Maddison, Diabate (Gray 55), Iheanacho.
Substitutes: Ward, Ricardo, Fuchs, Knight.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 22,881.

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