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Leicester defeated at Turf Moor after Vardy penalty miss

Burnley 2:1 Leicester City

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Having gone ahead City saw the points slip away at Burnley on Sunday, with Jamie Vardy missing a penalty…

Brendan Rodgers made two changes for this Sunday trip to Turf Moor, with Fuchs and Mendy in for Chilwell and Choudhury. Whether this was simply more squad rotation with the West Ham game on Wednesday, or there was more to it was hinted at in the post-match comments.
City started the game on the front foot and Barnes had a shot on target in the first minute, but it didn’t trouble Pope.
City got in behind the Clarets defence a couple of times but the crosses were blocked, then Vardy got in down the right and squared for Maddison, but he opted to take a touch instead of shooting and the chance was gone.
Pérez then had a goal-bound shot blocked by Tarkowski’s head.
Burnley were defending deep, spiking City’s attacks, but creating very little up front. They looked most dangerous from a couple of corners but Evans dealt with one and Schmeichel was fouled for another.
The game had settled into something of a stalemate when City took a 33rd minute lead.
Praet robbed Cork in the centre circle, taking a bit of ankle as well as the ball, but Anthony Taylor waved play on. Barnes latched onto the loose ball and raced forward, Vardy breaking to the left to take a defender away. Barnes accelerated past Mee and fired a shot home via Pope’s foot. VAR had a look at Praet’s challenge and the goal stood.
City kept possession well leading up to half time and Burnley only threatened from a set-piece that saw a bit of pinball in the area. And the visitors could have gone down the tunnel 2-0 when Maddison whipped a free-kick into the area and Pérez nodded it narrowly over the bar.

City went close again three minutes into the second half when a passing move through Burnley’s defence led to Praet curling a low shot towards the far post, but Pope got down well to tip it away.
At the other end Wood got his head to a Taylor cross but cleared the bar.
It was a more open game now and Maddison attempted a 30 yard effort that flew a couple of yards wide.
But Burnley struck back in the 55th minute. A weak challenge from Pérez led to a corner for the home side. McNeil delivered a corner to the far post where Mee rose highest to nod it down. Schmeichel couldn’t get much contact with it and Wood was in the right place to bundle it home from two yards out.
After four defeats Turf Moor had been very quiet, but the goal turned the volume up as they sensed the chance of a win.
Barnes and Maddison both fired shots straight at Pope, before City were presented with a 67th minute penalty. A smart turn and pass by Vardy sent Barnes in down the left and he was wrestled to the ground by Mee for an obvious spot-kick. But Vardy’s penalty lacked the usual venom and Pope guessed right, making an excellent save. Ricardo fired the loose ball across goal but Barnes couldn’t quite reach it at the far post.
This encouraged the home crowd further.
Rodger made a double change in the 74th minute bringing Iheanacho and Tielemans on for Pérez and Praet.
Maddison had a shot blocked by Mee, who leant over to block with his elbow, for what looked like a blatant penalty but nothing was given.
Iheanacho then sent Vardy through on goal, but Pope blocked his shot with a shoulder.
But it was Burnley who took a 79th minute lead. Taylor whipped in a cross from the left, and an off-balance Evans could only divert the ball towards an unmarked Westwood who lashed the ball home from ten yards.
City pressed forward for the last ten minutes, but couldn’t find a way through a packed Burnley defence. A frustrated Söyüncü lashed a long range effort way over and Evans headed over from a corner, but it was a back-to-back defeats for City.

Brendan Rodgers hinted at the reasons for the absence of Chilwell and Choudhury from the side post-match: “They were just unavailable for the training. We were doing a lot of preparation for this game, they were unable to be there, so we now move on. I had to go with the players that we trusted to come here and get the result. It’s a personal one, that.”
Which raised more questions than answers.

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Wood (Lennon 90), Rodriguez.
Substitutes: Lowton, Brady, Hart, Pieters, Vydra, Long.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Fuchs, Mendy, Pérez (Iheanacho 74), Praet (Tielemans 74), Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Ward.

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 19,788.


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Leicester pay tribute to Vichai with a victory against Burnley

Leicester City 2:1 Burnley

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City came back from a goal down to beat Burnley at the KPS on Saturday, with a little help from VAR…

It was an emotional day with the club marking the first anniversary of Khun Vichai’s passing, and thousands gathered in Magazine Square for the walk to the ground.
Before the game there was a white scarf on every seat and they were held aloft during an impeccably observed minute’s silence.

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Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Pérez in for Praet, the Belgian having taken some time off due to a family bereavement.
City got off to a lively start, attacking the Kop end, and Hendrick was booked by Jon Moss in only the second minute as he cynically tripped Tielemans to prevent a break upfield.
But the game then settled into a pattern of City possession and Burnley defending in numbers.
For all City’s possession it was the visitors who went close in the 17th minute when a Westwood shot almost deflected to Wood but Schmeichel gathered safely.
A minute later City also went close, but Söyüncü directed his header a couple of yards wide from a corner.

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A great move set up City for another chance in the 21st minute, Tielemans sending Ricardo down the right, whose cutback found Barnes. The youngster scuffed his effort, but the rebound fell for Maddsion, whose shot was guided round the post by Mee.
But it was the Clarets who took a 26th minute lead. A superb cross from McNeil on the right was met by the head of Wood, and Schmeichel couldn’t get enough of a touch to keep it out.
City were now faced with a Burnley side doggedly defending a lead. Tielemans forced a good save from Pope with a 20-yard effort and then Vardy broke clear down the left but fired his shot into the side-netting.
The breakthrough came in the last minute of the first half: Barnes made good progress down the left and delivered a fine cross onto Vardy’s head and he thumped it home from six yards. He then cupped his ear to the Burnley fans who had been giving him some stick about his wife’s Instagram spat.

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City’s dominance of possession continued in the second half and they were camped on the edge of the area, but they were restricted to shooting from range by an organised Clarets’ back line. Maddison and Tielemans both sent efforts off target.
The 60th minute saw a rousing tribute to Vichai, with scarves held aloft again. Maddision had the chance to mark this with a goal, but sent his free kick into the wall.
In the 65th minute Pérez had a gilt-edged chance to get off the mark, but lifted his shot over the bar from a Ricardo cut-back. Two minutes later he was replaced by Gray.
And the substitute was involved as City took a 74th minute lead.
Gray crossed from the right, Barnes leapt over the ball leaving it for Tielemans who rifled it into the roof of the net.

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After Wood had screwed a decent chance wide, Rodgers tightened things up at the back, replacing Barnes with Morgan.
With ten minutes remaining Burnley thought they had an equaliser before VAR came to City’s rescue. Wood got a touch to a cross from the right, and though Schmeichel blocked it, the ball bounced back off Wood and into the net. VAR brought an end to the Burnley celebrations, and replays showed that Wood had accidentally clipped the heels of Evans as he attempted to clear the ball off the line. It was harsh on Burnley, with Evans unlikely to clear, but he was definitely tripped.
It was now Burnley who were doing the attacking, with Pope coming up for a corner, but City managed to keep them out and seal a victory that saw them move temporarily up to second place.

Brendan Rodgers summed up an emotional afternoon:  “We were keen to make it a celebration. The supporters were incredible. We needed to tap into that emotion, we didn’t in the first half but we were much more aggressive after half-time. Today they made Vichai proud in fighting for the result.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 67), Tielemans, Maddison (Praet 73), Barnes (Morgan 79), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Albrighton, Ward, Choudhury.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick,
Brady (Lennon 65), Wood, Rodriguez (Vydra 83).
Substitutes: Taylor, Gibson, Hart, Bardsley, Long.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 32,105.

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Ten man Leicester snatch victory at Burnley

Burnley 1:2 Leicester City

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A late goal from Wes Morgan earned a win for City at Turf Moor on Saturday, despite the dismissal of Harry Maguire in only the fourth minute…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side for this trip to a wet and windy Turf Moor, but soon had to revise his plans.
After an early spell of pressure for City, that saw Ricardo’s shot blocked and Tielemans flash a ball across goal that Vardy couldn’t quite reach, City found themselves reduced to ten men.
Burnley broke upfield and Gudmundsson went clear on goal before the pursuing Maguire accidentally clipped his heels. There was no argument against a red card with Maguire being the last man and he trooped off disconsolately. Further disaster was averted when Schmeichel touched Gudmundsson’s free-kick onto the bar, despite having to adjust to it taking a deflection off the wall.
Rodgers brought Morgan on for the unfortunate Gray, to restore City’s back-line in the 6th minute.
Gudmundsson then went on a run into the area and looked to have set up Wood for a tap-in but Ndidi managed to rob him with a fine challenge. As Burnley, in desperate need of a win, continued to press forward Gudmundsson crossed from the right, but Wood sent his header wide from a good position.
City then had good spell, with Maddison pulling the strings and exploiting the gap between Burnley’s defence and midfield. Barnes had a shot blocked, Ndidi’s header was deflected wide and then Barnes sent a ball across the goalmouth but Vardy hadn’t made a run.
City then delighted the visiting fans, taking a 33rd minute lead. Maddison was brought down by Tarkowski on the edge of the area and delivered a superb free-kick over the wall and into the top left hand corner. Michael Oliver had no choice but to book him for removing his shirt to reveal a tribute to his friend Sophie Taylor who passed away in January.
City could have gone two up five minutes later when Heaton saved from Vardy, but play swept upfield and Burnley levelled. Taylor had plenty of room down the left to cut the ball back to McNeil who arrowed a low shot across Schmeichel and into the net.
Burnley kept the pressure on for the rest of the half and City were glad to hear the half-time whistle.

City had the first chance of the second half when Vardy skipped past a challenge down the left and sent in a low cross that Barnes prodded wide. But chances were scarce after that as Burnley took control of the game.
Although they didn’t create many clear chances there were a series of penalty appeals, some more valid than others. Wood sent a volley at Evans’ arm from six inches, before Cork sent the rebound sailing over the bar.
Chilwell then clattered Maddison as they both went to head the same ball. Maddison played on after treatment but soon made way for Fuchs.
McNeil then crossed from the left but somehow Wood sent the ball over the bar from five yards out, his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag.
Tielemans curved a threatening free-kick into the area but no blue shirt had read it. It is a good weapon in his armoury and should produce results when the strikers get tuned into it.
It was a rare foray forward by City and Burnley were soon yelling for another penalty. Taylor cut into the area from the left, Ndidi caught him on the thigh sending him over and, to the outrage of the home support, Michael Oliver awarded a goal kick.
Rodgers made his third change in the 76th minute, bringing Mendy on for Barnes.
Two minutes later there was another big penalty shout when the ball appeared to hit Morgan on the arm in an aerial challenge with Crouch.
Fuchs and Crouch then had a wrestling match in the area, but Oliver ignored the increasingly frantic penalty appeals and awarded a free-kick to City.
McNeil then sent a shot from the edge of the area whistling over the bar.
Play was entirely in City’s half by this stage, and the ten men were clinging to their point in the wind and rain. But the game had a twist in its tail…
In the 90th minute City at last managed to get out of their own half and won a corner.
Tielemans flag-kick was nodded clear only as far as Ricardo who fed it back to Tielemans. The Belgian hung a cross over to the far post and Morgan nodded it home from close range.
The away end went mad, but there was still a bit to do in four minutes of time-added-on. A Burnley move ended with Vydra in a one-on-one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper managed a fine block from close range and City had the points.

It had been an immense display after the early set-back and Brendan Rodgers was delighted… “Everyone knows how tough it is to come here with 11 men but to play almost the whole game with 10. We actually started quite bright in that opening five minutes, but to lose a man and dig in like we did it was an incredible performance of resilience. You have to fight, you have to be resilient and you have to be persistent and when the chances come you’ve got to take them. A fantastic three points.”

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson (Brady 79), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Vydra 90), Wood (Crouch 70), Barnes.
Substitutes: Lowton, Hendrick, Gibson, Hart.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Morgan 6), Tielemans, Maddison (Fuchs 64), Barnes (Mendy 77), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Okazaki, Ghezzal.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 20,719.

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Sadness and celebration as Leicester say goodbye to Khun Vichai

Leicester City 0:0 Burnley

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The Leicester City family said farewell to Mr Chairman on an emotional day at the King Power which saw City draw 0-0 with Burnley…

At 12.45, a police-estimated 50,000 fans, with Harry Maguire, James Maddison, Andy King, Hamza Choudhury and Matty James, set off from Jubilee Square on the Walk for Vichai. An inspired idea by Megan Elliott and her sister Casey, who had originally hoped that 5,000 would join the tribute.
Although the heavens opened, soaking the procession, a vivid rainbow appeared as those at the front arrived at the King Power Stadium.

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Many fans then made their way down to Raw Dykes Road to view the sea of tributes that have now been carefully relocated to Car Park E, poignantly close to the crash site.
Most of the crowd were in the ground by 2.30, to watch a tribute video on the big screens. The first half of the film was viewed in complete silence, until applause rang out when we saw the League Championship trophy and then the Premier League trophy appearing on the screens.

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Before kick-off wreaths were laid by Top and Leicestershire service people, and two minutes’ silence was observed for Khun Vichai and the other victims of the crash, and to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, with the white scarves left on each seat being held aloft.
And then there was football to watch…

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Claude Puel made two changes to his line-up with Evans and Ghezzal in for the injured Maguire and Maddison.
Despite going through such a difficult week, with many players attending the funeral in Thailand, City got off to a strong start.
As City pressed forward a low, long-range shot from Ndidi was guided round the post by Hart. A minute later a clear-cut penalty was missed by Mike Dean, as Taylor leant towards an Albrighton cross and it hit him on the upper arm.
In the 14th minute Hart failed to gather a cross and the ball fell for Vardy who fired goalwards, but Lowton was well-placed to block on the line.
Burnley’s first chance came in the 17th minute, but with Wood in on goal Ricardo did just enough to put him off and Schmeichel saved a tame effort.
Another chance passed City by in the 21st minute when Ghezzal got a thumping header to an Albrighton cross, but hit the bar.
Albrighton then had a shot blocked, before a good run into space from Gray saw him one-on-one with Hart who blocked the near-post effort with his leg.
After this lively start the game calmed down towards the break and the chances dried up.
In the 39th minute Gudmundsson’s 30 yard free-kick was tipped round the post by Schmeichel and then Ndidi sent a header wide from a corner.

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Half-time saw the traditional Armed Forces parade around the pitch and for the second half the players exchanged their Vichai Tribute shirts for those bearing poppies.
Burnley took the initiative early in the second half, Morgan managed to intercept a dangerous ball to Vokes, before picking up a harsh yellow card for a robust but fair challenge on Wood.
As City broke upfield Albrighton then had a shot deflected into Hart’s chest as City’s luck in front of goal didn’t improve.
Evans, having his best game to date in a City shirt, and Morgan were kept busy, both making vital clearances as Burnley pressed.
Claude Puel made his first change on the hour, with Iheanacho replacing Albrighton.
As a round of applause broke out to mark the 60th minute Gray sent Vardy in on goal, but he miscued his shot and missed out on a perfect tribute goal.
Evans tested Hart with a header, and then the ball sat up for Wood in the area, but he sliced his effort and it span over the bar.
Not surprisingly City began to look tired in the closing stages. Iheanacho gave the ball away in midfield and then raced back to foul Barnes, getting a yellow card. Thankfully the free-kick came to nothing.
The 84th minute saw Okazaki on for Gray and he gave the side renewed impetus, sending Vardy down the left for a cross to Iheanacho who was denied by a well-timed challenge from Taylor.
Okazaki then got his head to a Chilwell cross in injury time but sent it narrowly over.
City had to be content with a point on a day that was about much more than football.

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The vast majority of fans remained in the ground after the final whistle which saw the playing and coaching staff, former managers Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare, and Estaban Cambiasso accompanying Top on a lap of the pitch. It was a hugely emotional moment, and by the time Time to Say Goodbye came over the tannoy there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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It was a day we will never forget. Leicester City have had a fraught two weeks, still managing to get 4 points from 6 in the process, and have carried themselves impeccably in such trying times.
They now have the international break to rest and regroup before the process of continuing Vichai’s legacy gets underway.

“Champions of England, you made us sing that.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans (Söyüncü 90), Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton (Iheanacho 60), Ghezzal, Gray (Okazaki 84), Vardy.
Substitutes: Simpson, Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward, Okazaki, Iborra, Fuchs.
Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Lennon, Defour (Hendrick 55), Cork, Berg Gudmundsson (Brady 65), Vokes (Barnes 73), Wood. Substitutes: Heaton, Westwood, Bardsley, Vydra.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 32, 184.

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Leicester caught cold at Turf Moor

Burnley 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s Europa League hopes all but dissolved at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Burnley going 2-0 up within nine minutes…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Choudhury handed his first Premier League start, and Gray and Okazaki in for Diabaté and Albrighton.
But City appeared to miss the starting pistol, and went behind in the 6th minute.
Morgan gifted a clearance to Barnes, who sent Wood through on the left. Although Schmeichel saved his first shot, he could nothing about the second from the rebound.
The afternoon got worse for City three minutes later. Although Wood was fortunate to win a corner that deflected off his foot, City’s defending from the flag kick was woeful.    Gudmundsson delivered it from the right, Schmeichel was blocked as he tried to collect, and Long rose unopposed at the far post to nod home.
City’s first meaningful attack came in the 14th minute, though Mahrez ignored Gray’s run into space on the left and his shot deflected up for an easy take for Pope.
Simpson then did well to intercept a cross heading for Wood at the far post as the Clarets threatened to put the game out of reach.
As the half wore on, City managed to get their passing game together and dominated possession. Chilwell capped a strong run down the left with a good cross for Vardy, but it reached him at an awkward height and his downward header was cleared. Then Gray floated over a cross which was met with a firm header from Mahrez, but it went straight at Pope.
The last action of the half saw City awarded a free kick for a foul on Okazaki 25 yards out. Mahrez got it over the wall well but skimmed the right hand post.

Iheanacho replaced Okazaki for the second half as City tried to find a way back into the game. Although Gudmundsson fired a long range effort narrowly over the bar, it was mostly one-way traffic towards to the Burnley goal.
On the hour, Silva threaded a ball though to Vardy but he didn’t catch his shot right, allowing Pope to save low to his right.
Gray made way for Diabate in the 64th minute and City continued to press forward.
Maguire’s header from a corner just eluded Vardy at the far post.
As Burnley broke upfield there was a double penalty appeal as the ball hit Chilwell’s arm and then Iheanacho brought Lennon down, but Martin Atkinson waved play on.
City finally made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute. A sweeping move upfield saw Iheanacho feed Vardy in on the right and he lashed his shot across Pope and into the roof of the net.
Three minutes later Diabaté’s cross from the left saw Long get the slightest touch in front of goal to take it away from the onrushing Vardy.
In the 81st minute Simpson dithered on the ball and his pass back to Schmeichel saw the City keeper clattered by Barnes. The Burnley man got a yellow card and Schmeichel had to limp off, replaced by Hamer, five minutes later.
In the meantime a Maguire header from a corner was scrambled away by the Clarets’ defence.
Vardy managed a header straight at Pope, as City mounted more desperate attempts on goal, but Burnley stood firm to open up the points gap to 9 points and have their fans checking their passports.
It wasn’t a bad performance from City for at least an hour, but that terrible start had left them with too much to do.

Claude Puel commented: “From the beginning we made things easy for the opposition. Of course I was impressed because there was good concentration before the game and good duels at the beginning and it was close with the other team, but to concede two goals quickly, it was difficult to accept. We have had a lot of chances and it is a big disappointment of course because I think we deserved another result. It was not a fair result.”

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Berg Gudmundsson, Barnes (Vokes 85), Wood (Hendrick 75).
Substitutes: Heaton, Taylor, Marney, Vokes, Hendrick, Wells, Bardsley.
Leicester: Schmeichel (Hamer 86), Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Gray
(Diabaté 64), 
Okazaki (Iheanacho 45), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Albrighton, Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs, Barnes, Diabaté.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 21,727.


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Leicester edge out Burnley with early Gray goal

Leicester City 1:0 Burnley

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A brave goal from Gray proved to be the difference as a hard fought contest saw City beat Burnley 1-0 at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made one change to his side with Okazaki making way for Gray, and this paid off after just six minutes.
The newly-blond Mahrez swung in a dangerous cross from the right, Pope dived to get a hand to it, but Gray was running in at the far post to slide it home.
Gray collided heavily with the woodwork, but was okay to continue after a spell of treatment.

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Burnley soon had a chance of their own after the restart, but former City’s striker Wood’s first touch was too heavy and Schmeichel raced out to block, with Simpson on hand to clear the loose ball.
Burnley were on top at this stage: Tarkowski headed wide from a corner and Gudmundsson forced a save from Schmeichel as Sean Dyche’s side looked to continue their excellent start to the season.
After a series of Burnley corners, the Clarets then suffered a set-back in the 27th minute.
The impressive Brady evaded a couple of challenges on the edge of the penalty area before Maguire halted his progress as he was about to shoot. It looked as though Brady had gone over the top as both players writhed in pain, and referee Paul Tierney took the yellow card out, but re-pocketed it when the serious extent of Brady’s injury became apparent. The Ireland international was stretchered off and taken to hospital, but Maguire recovered.
After this incident, the tide turned and City were on top up to the break. Mahrez capped a good run with fierce 20 yard shot, but it was too close to Pope to cause him much trouble.
Chances were rare, however, and City took a slim 1-0 lead in with them at the break.

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The second half saw an improved performance from City.
Chilwell connected well with a 30 yarder that flew just wide, while Pope had to stretch to tip away a Mahrez free-kick.
Morgan then had a gilt-edged chance to score, but showing the predatory instincts of a centre-half he failed to connect properly with a low cross from close range and Pope blocked, the loose ball being cleared off the goal-line.
Burnley still looked dangerous on the break and, on the hour, Gudmundsson looked to be clear in on goal, but Morgan managed to keep pace with him, hampering him enough for Schmeichel to save his shot.
At the other end, Albrighton motored down the left, before cutting in and firing a shot into the side-netting.
Two minutes later City came even closer, as Ndidi pulled a ball back for Gray to fire across goal, but it hit the far post.
Vardy tested Pope with a back heel from a Chilwell cross, but City couldn’t add to their tally for all their dominance in the second half.
Okazaki replaced Gray as the clock ran down and gave City some added energy, though Burnley threatened in time added on when a dangerous Gudmundsson cross was deflected straight in Schmeichel’s arms.

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Mahrez had one more shot saved by Pope, before the final whistle heralded another victory for Claude Puel’s side.

The City boss commented: “It has been a good week, but what was most important was that we continued our hard work. It was a difficult game against this team who were sixth in the table. I am very happy with our second half, for example. We had a lot of chances, but perhaps we needed to be more clinical. Now it is important to continue this work. There is a long way to go, but we need to continue to improve.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi,
Iborra, Albrighton, Gray (Okazaki 88), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Ulloa, Fuchs.
Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Berg Gudmundsson, Defour (Barnes 66), Cork, Brady (Arfield 31), Hendrick, Wood (Vokes 74). Substitutes: Taylor, Westwood, Lindegaard, Long.

Referee: P Tierney. Attendance: 30,714.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 


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Burnley 1:0 Leicester City


City took a big step towards the relegation zone on Tuesday night, when a controversial late goal saw them lose 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes to his starting XI for this rainy night in Lancashire, bringing in Mahrez, Ndidi and Gray.
City had the better of the opening ten minutes, with Burnley having to defend threats from Gray and Mahrez, but the Clarets soon began to take charge.
Barnes went close a couple of times, before the impressive Gray hit the sidenetting of Schmeichel’s goal from an angle.


Vardy had one chance on the break, but could make nothing of it, while Barton attempted a couple of long range efforts – one well wide, and one skimming the roof of the netting.
The home crowd were then angered by a push in the back by Drinkwater on Keane, as the centre-half shaped to nod in an easy header from close range.
In a rare chance for City, Morgan headed an Albrighton free-kick over the bar and the sides went in goalless at the break.

Burnley dominated the second half, with City’s passing awry and no clear plan of a route to goal, other than pumping the ball up the field.
Barton flashed an effort narrowly wide, Arfield also went close, and Gray forced a good save from Schmeichel.
City broke upfield and Mahrez cut inside his marker from the right and delivered a shot that stung Heaton’s palms; but Vardy didn’t seize on the rebound swiftly enough and the England keeper blocked his effort.
The pair tangled on the edge of the area soon afterwards, but Vardy’s hanging leg to find contact didn’t fool Mike Dean and the penalty appeals were waved away.


The pressure on City’s defence stepped up and it was all hands to the pump as fierce shots from Gray and Keane were blocked by blue shirts and Mee sent a header narrowly over.
Ranieri had brought Musa and Okazaki on for Gray and Albrighton, but they couldn’t turn the tide and City were struggling to gain any possession as Burnley looked to continue their impressive home record.


Schmeichel made a fine save to deny Gray, but the resistance ended in the 87th minute.
A corner from the right was nodded down into a crowded goalmouth by Keane, and Vokes clearly handled the ball before firing into the net from three yards out.
Despite heated protests from the City players, the goal was given.


Some late pressure from City, with Schmeichel coming up for a series of corners, came to nothing, and the Champions had lost their third league game in a row.
To make matters worse, wins for Palace and Swansea now saw City just two points above the relegation zone.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “Today was a battle and we battled, face to face. Only the bad decision of the referee… and then, what can we say? Sometimes it is a good decision for us, sometimes it is a bad decision. It is football and we can say only, ‘go back and work more.'”

Burnley: Heaton, Barnes (Vokes 79), Lowton, Ward, Barton, Boyd, Defour (Arfield 34), Gray, Hendrick, Mee, Keane. Subs Not Used: Robinson, Darikwa, Flanagan, Gudmundsson.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Okazaki 76), Mahrez, Gray (Musa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, Benalouane, Mendy, King.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 19,202.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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