Leicester slip up at the Etihad

Manchester City 2:1 Leicester City

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Leicester were denied a point at the Etihad on Saturday when Riyad Mahrez had a second half penalty disallowed for a double touch…

Craig Shakespeare was forced into making two changes to his line-up with Chilwell and King replacing the injured Huth and Drinkwater.
Man City were the first to threaten in the 3rd minute when a low cross from Sane was intercepted by Fuchs with Jesus waiting to pounce.
From the resulting corner, an unmarked Fernandinho had the goal at his mercy but got his header wrong and missed the target.
City’s unfamilar defence were looking a bit stretched, with Benalouane making a vital headed clearance before Jesus came within inches of of converting a cross.
Leicester then created a chance of their own but Ndidi’s awkaward header from a free-kick flew well over.
Soon after this Albrighton attempted a long range effort but it went tamely into Caballero’s grasp.
Man City had plenty of possession at this point but couldn’t create much. Silva broke through on the left and pulled back for Sane who mishit his shot across goal.
Ndidi blocked a Sterling effort, and then a De Bruyne 25 yarder span up off Benalouane, but sailed wide of Schmeichel’s goal.
The hosts broke Leicester’s resistance in the 29th minute. A Sane cross from the left found Silva in the area and slotted a cool finish home from 12 yards.
Sterling, in an offside position and unsighting Schmeichel, took a swing at the ball, but referee Bobby Madley didn’t judge him to be interfering with play, despite heated protests from the Leicester players.
Six minutes later Leicester were 2-0 down and there were no complaints this time as Benalouane knocked Sane over in the area with a clumsy lunge. Jesus sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot-kick and it was difficult to see a way back in for Leicester at this stage.
The one-way traffic continued towards the visitors goal, but with three minutes of the half left, Leicester struck back.
Great work from Albrighton down the left saw him deliver a cross that Okazaki crashed home with a brilliant volley.

Leicester started the second half with a purpose. Albrighton attempted a couple of shots, and then Kompany had to take a yellow for the team, felling Chilwell on the halfway line to prevent a dangerous looking breakaway move.
Sterling then cut in from the right and his cross struck Albrighton in the face, lengthy treatment for a nosebleed disproving the loud appeals for handball.
Leicester enjoyed a decent spell, pressing forward against a less confident looking City, without managing to deliver a telling final ball.
Toure had a shot blocked and City broke upfield, but a De Bruyne foul halted Okazaki’s progress.
Albrighton was in the wars again when Fernandinho planted an elbow into his eye, though it was judged accidental and Albrighton was left with an instant shiner and a sense of grievence.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 66th minute, bringing Amartey on for King, as Leicester continued to press forward in search of an equaliser.
Slimani was then brought on for Okazaki.
In the 76th minute Leicester appeared to have made the breakthrough. Mahrez had just entered the penalty area when he was tripped by Clichy for an obvious penalty.
Mahrez picked up the ball himself and netted from the penalty spot, but wait.
The Leicester fans celebrations were cut short as play restarted with a goal kick. Mahrez had slipped at the vital moment and connected twice with his shot. Madley had shown attention to detail, without noticing two Man City players encroaching into the area and Caballero off his line.
He wasnt the first player to slip over on a pich that had been heavily watered at half time, but it was an unprecedented way to throw a point away.
With ten minutes remaining Albrighton gained revenge on Fernandinho with a heavy challenge and he was instantly replaced by Gray.
The action was end to end now. Kompany failed to nod a Silva cross under the bar, while a great Leicester move down the right saw Simpson deliver a cross for Vardy, whose flick went narrowly wide.
Otamendi blocked an Ndidi shot as the 90 minutes came up and he required treatement which would further extend the 7 minutes of time-added-on.
It was frantically scrappy end to the game. City had a free-kick when Mahrez was fouled by Silva. Schmeichel came upfield for it, but the home defence cleared and the final whistle blew.

Craig Shakespeare wasn’t happy with Man City’s first goal, or the failure to retake the penalty due to encroachment, but was satisfied with the performance:
“It’s bad luck from our point of view, but I’m more pleased with the way the lads went about it second half, we took the game to City and caused lots of problems. We looked a bit dejected first half, the two goals took the stuffing out of us, and to get our goal, a quality goal, was the first time we played with any quickness to our play. I think the players are getting every last drop out of themselves. The spirit, determination they showed was there for everyone to see.”

Man City : Caballero, Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Sterling (Aguero 78), De Bruyne (Zabaleta 82), Silva, Sane, Gabriel Jesus (Jesus Navas 90). Subs Not Used: Fernando, Nolito, Kolarov, Gunn.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, King (Amartey 68), Albrighton (Gray 80), Okazaki (Slimani 73), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Musa, Kapustka, Zieler, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 54,407. 

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The FOX Issue No 204 – in the shops now

The 204th edition of The FOX – The Leicester City Fanzine is in the shops now…

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Featuring: An interview with former City striker, and current Nuneaton Town boss, Tommy Wright; Dipak Gohil’s Madrid photos; Fully Programmed from April 1995; Fox Diary – Craig Shakespeare’s perfect start; the latest from the Foxes Trust; City’s Brexit via Twitter; The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects;  Rewind to the team that beat Sevilla; Foxed in the Head – on bad models, bad pundits and the crusade to Orient; John Hutchinson concludes his series on Leicester Fosse; Chris Lymn reviews the pivotal point of this season; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots, our favourite photos of the last month; and Fanatical Frank goes to Madrid…

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Tommy Wright interview extract…

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FOX: You rose through the ranks very rapidly…

TW: Well I was scoring loads of goals, and they just seemed to propel me forward really quickly. I hadn’t played for the reserves or even the under-19s and suddenly there I was on the first team bench.
Dave Bassett and Micky Adams didn’t even know I hadn’t played for the 19s and I think Steve Beaglehole and Jon Rudkin got a ticking off over it.
I had two unused sub appearances and then I came on against Leeds. I have a photo of me with Woodgate and Viduka in the background.
The fans were brilliant to me. Obviously off the back of the old Tommy Wright, they sang my name. It was the same song I used to chant on the terraces. That made me feel ten feet tall, with goosebumps down my spine.

FOX: You made an appearance on the pitch in April 1995 when you were the mascot against Manchester United…

TW: Yes, I scored past Peter Schmeichel. Ade Danes was with me and dared me to do it. I trundled up to the United end and stuck one past him. He found the funny side of it. I think we lost that one 4-0.
I’ve still got all the photos from the dressing room and all that. Mark Draper made a big fuss of me.
Iwan Roberts was in there, David Lowe, Mick Whitlow. It’s funny, because I am coming up against a few of them as a manager now. Mick Whitlow is up at Mansfield. Mark Draper has his own academy, the Draper Norton College. Julian Joachim is an agent, I speak to him regularly.
When I moved up to Darlington Julian was there, this player I had absolutely idolised as a kid.
I still see a lot of Matty Elliott and Muzzy Izzet. They were unbelievably good to me when I first got amongst the first team squad.
When I scored my first goal at Gillingham Matty was all over me on the coach home, saying, “This is the start for you lad.”
Brian Deane and Paul Dickov were also very good to me. Deano loved doing finishing sessions after training and he’d take me out with him and we’d fire shots in for ages. I also liked doing extra training so I felt like I was pushing myself above and beyond. There were some great strikers at the club. Later on Dion Dublin helped me a lot. Les Ferdinand was also good to talk to. I’d chat with him in the canteen, but he never seemed to do any training. Robbie Savage was the same, he seemed to want to save all his energy for a Saturday. Whereas Muzzy was fantastic on the training ground. They used to have to drag him off the training pitch, bruises up and down his legs. He loved it. he was the best player by a mile. If you were on his team, you won the game.

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Leicester defeat Watford and climb into top half

Leicester City 3:0 Watford

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A fairly comfortable 3-0 win at home to Watford on Saturday saw City moving up to 9th place in the Premier League…

Craig Shakespeare named an unchanged starting XI as City went in search of the points that would secure survival, and put them on course for a top half finish.
In a cagey start, City’s first chance came in the 7th minute when an Albrighton corner was cleared to Drinkwater on the edge of the area, but his shot went high and wide.
At the other end Cleverley had a shot on goal, but it sailed well wide of the target.
City came close in the 19th minute when Mariappa slid in to prevent a Mahrez cross from reaching Vardy and sent the ball against the right hand post.
The huge figure of Okaka was causing problems with his physical presence and he forced a good near post block from Schmeichel.
The City keeper was soon in action again as Watford carved out another chance, this time he got his fingertips to a well-struck Cleverley shot.
But it was City who took a 38th minute lead from an inventive corner kick routine.
Albrighton sent his flag kick short to Drinkwater who had some space in the area. He clipped a cross over which was only half cleared by the Watford defence and Ndidi lashed it into the net from ten yards.

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Four minutes later Mahrez almost doubled City’s lead when his shot deflected off Cleverley, but landed on top of the bar.
And City took their 1-0 lead in at the break.

City had a chance early in the second half when Okazaki sent Vardy in down the right inside channel, but his low shot was well saved by Gomes.
As Watford tried to find a way back into the game Okaka got his head to an Amrabat cross but Benalouane did just enough to put him off and send his effort over.
City doubled their lead in the 58th minute with an audacious effort from Mahrez.
Marriappa made a hash of a clearance on the left and Mahrez nipped ahead of him, bore down on goal and toe-poked the ball through Gomes’s legs at the near post.

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Craig Shakespeare made a couple of changes, bringing on Slimani for Okazai, and then King for Drinkwater, while the dropped Deeney came on for Watford.
In the 68th minute Vardy went clear for another chance, but Gomes denied him again.
Great work from Albrighton then sent Mahrez down the right and his cross picked out Slimani who fired his 20 yarder over the bar.
Watford were still desperately seeking a goal, but Cleverley’s dipping 25 yarder was tipped over at full stretch by Schmeichel.
Zuniga also launched a long range effort over the bar as Watford had a decent late spell, but City struck again in time added on.
As City attacked on the break, Vardy cut in from the left and picked out Albrighton’s late run perfectly, the winger lashed the ball in via the right hand post to cap a Man of the Match performance.

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Although Watford had created a few good chances, the scoreline reflected City’s dominance and clinical finishing and took them into ninth place.

Craig Shakespeare summed up: “It’s one we can look at now, the whole club, and be very pleased we have managed to secure Premier League survival. The result was always going to be important. There hasn’t been any points target and we just want to finish as high as possible.” 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 78), Drinkwater (King 67), Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 63), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Musa, Amartey, Zieler.
Watford: Gomes, Kabasele (Zuniga 72), Prodl, Mariappa, Amrabat, Cleverley, Doucoure, Capoue (Deeney 67), Janmaat, Okaka, Niang (Pereira 83). Subs Not Used: Success, Behrami, Pantilimon, Eleftheriou.
Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,628. 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber 

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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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