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Vardy strike seals fine Leicester victory at Chelsea

Chelsea 0:1 Leicester City

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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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Chelsea edge Leicester out of the Cup in extra time

Leicester City 1:2 Chelsea aet

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A Pedro header in extra-time settled a classic cup-tie in Chelsea’s favour at the KPS on Sunday evening…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, with Iheanacho and Albrighton in for Okazaki and Gray, as City attempted to reach their first FA Cup semi-final since 1982.
The game moved from end to end almost from the start, and City went close in the 3rd minute. A low Simpson cross from the right found Albrighton, whose half-volley flew a yard wide of the right hand post.
City then looked exposed as Chelsea broke forward, but Willian over-hit his pass.
Morgan got his head to two corners, but the first deflected off Rudiger’s shoulder and the second cleared the bar.
Moses incurred the wrath of the home crowd, twice falling over in the hope of a free-kick, neither of which fooled the ref.
Ndidi then launched a long-range shot that was too close to Caballero to trouble him.
Morata began to look threatening, but sent one shot straight at Schmeichel and then sent a header over the bar from a decent position.

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In the 36th minute Maguire’s through ball set up a race between Vardy and Caballero, which the Chelsea keeper narrowly won.
The box to box nature of the game was summed up when Chelsea took a 42nd minute lead. Mahrez was crowded out by three defenders as he attempted to get into the area, and Chelsea broke swiftly with Willian easing round Chilwell and racing upfield.
His perfect pass to Morata took three defenders out of the equation and the Spaniard produced a cool finish to beat Schmeichel, ending a thirteen game goal drought.

City started the second half in a more attacking frame of mind and Chelsea looked stretched. A minute into the second half Caballero’s clearance went straight to Mahrez, but his long range shot at an empty goal was high, wide and not very handsome.
In the 53rd minute a delightful chip from Ndidi found Vardy between the two centre-halves, but he ballooned his header over the bar.
As City pressed forward Albrighton attempted a snap-shot from a tight angle but Caballero fielded it comfortably.
At the other end Moses sent a dangerous cross, into the goalmouth but Schmeichel’s touch took it away from the waiting Morata.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 68th minute, bringing Okazaki on for Iheanacho.
There was a lengthy stoppage when Moses caught Iborra in the face with an elbow, and City seemed more switched on after the restart, grabbing a 76th minute equaliser.
Mahrez ghosted past Kante and Alonso down the right and cut the ball back to Vardy whose shot was blocked. Iborra seized on the rebound, which was also blocked, but came back to him for another shot which was well saved by Caballero. The loose ball fell for Vardy who blasted it home from close range.

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City had their tails up now and three minutes after the goal Okazaki was a couple of inches away from putting a finishing touch to Chilwell’s cross.
City looked the more likely winners at this stage, but Caballero got down well to save a Vardy shot after he’d been sent through by Maguire.
Schmeichel then made two fine saves in as many seconds, twice denying Morata from close range.
Moses’ flying elbows claimed another victim in time-added-on and Albrighton had to be treated for a nosebleed, though Craig Pawson didn’t allow more added time for the lengthy stoppage.
So extra-time awaited for an already freezing crowd.

Pedro replaced Willian, just two minutes after the restart, before VAR was used for the first time after Fàbregas claimed an assault by Vardy.
With both teams looking leggy, Chelsea regained the lead in the 105th minute.
Kante chipped a ball into the area, Schmeichel came racing off his line to claim it, but Pedro nipped in ahead of him to nod the ball into an empty net.

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For the second half of extra-time, Puel replaced Iborra and Simpson with Silva and Diabaté, and City had a quarter of an hour to keep their cup hopes alive.
Two minutes into the final period City won a free-kick 35 yards out.
Silva back-heeled it for Mahrez who lofted it into the area, Okazaki nodded it on for Maguire who blasted it across the goalmouth. It went just behind Diabate at the far post but got fed back to Mahrez who had a fierce shot blocked by Kante. The loose ball fell for Diabate but his shot was blocked by Moses.
As play raced to the other end Kante had a shot brilliantly blocked by Albrighton, City’s Man of the Match.
Puel’s final change saw Gray on for Albrighton, but Chelsea were in full time-wasting mode now and play was broken up.
Despite Craig Pawson pointing to his watch every time a Chelsea player went down, or took an age to take a free-kick he only added one minute on, and the final whistle brought loud booing from the stands and an inquest between the City players and the ref.

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Sadly, a real opportunity to chase the one trophy that has always eluded City was missed, and the disappointment wasn’t eased when Chelsea drew Southampton in the post-match semi-final draw.

Claude Puel wasn’t impressed with the mysterious time-keeping: “They waste a lot of time and there was just one minute at the end. I think it was harsh. It would have been important to come back in the game. But they were trying to keep the result and to waste time because they have a lot of experience We can have more time to try to come back.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Diabaté 105), Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Iborra (Silva 105). Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 115), Iheanacho (Okazaki 68), Vardy. Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs.
Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen (Cahill 101), Rüdiger, Moses, Kanté, Bakayoko (Fàbregas 45) Alonso, Willian (Pedro 92) Hazard, Morata (Giroud 105)
Substitutes: Zappacosta, Emerson, Eduardo.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 31,792.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester have to settle for a point at Chelsea

Chelsea 0:0 Leicester City 

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City earned a point at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but were the much the better side until Ben Chilwell’s dismissal…

Claude Puel made seven changes to the side that drew at Fleetwood, with Vardy returning from injury, but Silva left out of the squad.
Chelsea had a couple of early attacking moves, with shots from Kanté and Moses being blocked, but then City got a grip on the game and didn’t let go.
In the 7th minute a great run by Chilwell saw him get in behind the Chelsea defence on the left and tee up Okazaki at the near post, but he sent his shot on the stretch wide.
A minute later Chilwell delivered another ball from the left, but Vardy’s attempted flick found the side-netting.
City were all over the Champions at this point and Vardy, sent through by James, then fired a low drive across Courtois that went narrowly wide.
Moments later Vardy fired in a cross for Okazaki at the near post but his touch was blocked. From the resulting corner the ball bounced up for Ndidi, but his header was tipped away by Courtois, James’ follow-up shot being charged down by Rüdiger.
Chelsea then broke forward and Schmeichel had his palms stung by a Fàbregas shot, but City were soon pushing forward again. An Albrighton cross from the left found Mahrez in space on the edge of the area, but he got his shot all wrong and sent the ball into the top tier.
A fine ball from Mahrez then sent Vardy through, but his miscued shot went well wide of the right hand post.
The home side were forced into a change after 32 minutes when Cahill limped off to be replaced by Christensen.
Morata then wriggled past a challenge on the goal-line, but his shot was blocked by Schmeichel at the near post.
Mahrez was having a superb game and ghosted round Rüdiger down the right before firing a low shot across the goalmouth, but no black shirts were in the six yard box.
Okazaki had a shot on the turn blocked, before Albrighton latched onto the loose ball and fired it wide of the left hand post.
As half-time approached Fàbregas saw his shot tipped over by Schmeichel.
0-0 at the break, and after a superb display you wondered if a stat of 12 shots (only one on target) would come back to haunt City later in the game.

However, the second half continued in much the same vein, with City pressing forward and Chelsea looking disjointed.
City earned a couple of early free-kicks, but James had a shot blocked from Mahrez’s delivery, and Albrighton sent the second one drifting wide.
There were big shouts for a penalty in the 54th minute when Mahrez dribbled through the Chelsea defence before tumbling over a Christensen challenge, but the ref was right to wave play on.
Mahrez was loudly booed as he cut in from the right and loosed a shot on goal that struck Christensen and span narrowly wide of the right hand post.
There was more booing from a frustrated home corwd when Hazard was replaced by Pedro in the 58th minute.
The game had a more physical edge now and Kanté got an overdue yellow, before Okazaki and Chilwell followed him into the book.
Sadly for Chilwell, and for an intriguing game, he received another yellow just five minutes later. It was unfortunate, with Chilwell only having eyes for the ball, but Moses arrived on the scene and was caught in the shin by a raised foot.
This changed the pattern of the game, with Fuchs brought on for Okazaki and City now defending a point. But this they did very well.
Schmeichel fielded a low shot from Willian, and then Bakayoko sent a shot well wide.
In the final ten minutes Puel brought Gray on for Vardy and then Iborra for the injured James.
City defended doggedly, frustrating the Champions, and the only nervy moment came in time added on when Chelsea were award a free-kick 25 yards out. Alonso’s well struck effort was heading for the bottom right hand corner, but Schmeichel got down to it well and tipped it behind.
Moses then attempted a shot that was nearer the corner flag than the goal, and City had earned a rare point at Stamford Bridge.
It had been a fine performance that could have seen a win, but a point away at Chelsea was most welcome.

Claude Puel commented: “Of course it’s a good reward after playing 10 against 11 at the end. But we deserved the point and perhaps more with all the chances we had. In the first half it was crazy not to find the possibility to score. They have had some opportunities but with all the good moves we make on the pitch, with quality and good chances…It’s a little disappointment because we had a lot of chances without finding the clinical edge, but it’s good for the confidence.”

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (Christensen 33), Rüdiger, Moses, Fàbregas (Willian 58), Kanté, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard (Pedro 58), Morata.
Substitutes: Caballero, ZappacostaBatshuayiDavid Luiz.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, James (Iborra 90), Albrighton, Okazaki (Fuchs 73), Vardy (Gray 82).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer, Slimani, Benalouane.
Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 41,552.

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Kante strike sees Leicester edged out by Chelsea

Leicester City 1:2 Chelsea

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Goals from Morata and Kante were enough to ease Champions Chelsea to victory over City at the KPS on Saturday.

With Okazaki suffering from jet lag after international duty, Slimani made the starting line-up, the only change to Craig Shakespeare’s side. Adrien ’14 seconds’ Silva watched from the stands, and Danny Drinkwater from the Chelsea bench.
In a lively opening spell Morata saw his shot saved by Schmeichel, while Vardy’s low cross from the left flashed across the goalmouth with no blue shirt on hand to apply a finishing touch.
Vardy then chased down Courtois after the Chelsea keeper took a poor first touch to a back pass, but the clearance was made with inches to spare.
Chelsea then settled into their stride and City had some defending to do, with Morgan producing a couple of vital blocks to keep them at bay.

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In the 25th minute City broke upfield and Mahrez set up Vardy for a shot across Courtois that beat the far post by a couple of yards.
Morgan then produced another good block to deny Morata.
Chances were rare for City, with Chelsea dominating possession,  but they should have taken the lead five minutes before the break.
Mahrez raced upfield, with Vardy unmarked on his left, but as the Chelsea defence caught up he opted to pass to Slimani whose shot was brilliantly saved by Courtois.
A minute later this missed opportunity was compounded when Chelsea took the lead.
Azpilicueta delivered an inch perfect cross from the right and Morata rose above Morgan to plant a header past Schmeichel.
As City pressed forward looking for an instant reply James had a shot blocked by Bakayoko.
In a sudden heavy shower, the last action of the half saw Schmeichel save a well-struck Moses effort.

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Craig Shakespeare had a reshuffle at the break, bringing Gray and King on for Slimani and Albrighton, but City went two goals down five minutes into the second half.
Kante was given an acre of space to line up a 25 yard shot which Schmeichel saw late, and it crept beyond his reach into the bottom left hand corner.
City had a big job on now, and Chelsea were content to sit back and let them try to pick their way through with everyone behind the ball.
After much sideways passing to little effect City got a break on the hour when Courtois clumsily upended Vardy in the box.
Although it looked as though Mahrez wanted to claim the spot kick, before James dissuaded him, Vardy placed the ball and crashed it home.

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With City pressing forward in search of an equaliser referee Lee Mason then angered the home crowd following a clash of heads between James and Willian, that looked like a foul on the City player. Not only did Mason proceed with a drop ball, but he told Vardy it couldn’t be contested, somewhat exceeding his juristiction.
Iheanacho then replaced James as City looked to strengthen their forward line.
Although Willian went close with a couple of efforts, City piled on the pressure with time running out.
Vardy was inches short of getting his head to a King cross, and the Chelsea defence dealt with crosses from Fuchs and Gray.

The final whistle heralded a third defeat in four games which, despite the toughness of the opening fixtures, was not a good start to the season.

Craig Shakespeare summed up:  “When we got back to 2-1 we just couldn’t find that final bit that was required to get something from the game and I just feel at the moment the big moments aren’t going our way.”

With City at the wrong end of the table, some big moments need to start going their way soon.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James (Iheanacho 78), Albrighton (King 45), Slimani (Gray 45), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Hamer, Amartey, Ulloa.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rüdiger, Moses (Zappacosta 74), Kanté, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro (Willian 63), Fàbregas (Hazard 78), Morata. Subs Not Used: Caballero, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Christensen.
Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 30,923.


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Leicester outplayed by leaders Chelsea

Leicester City 0:3 Chelsea

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City were no match for Chelsea at the KPS on Saturday evening, the league leaders easing the Champions out with a comfortable 3-0 win…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes to his side with Vardy, Fuchs and Musa returning for Simpson, Ulloa and Gray.
The 3-5-2 formation was tailored to combat Chelsea’s game, but seemed to be an awkward fit that took the players time to adapt to. Although it was City who almost took a second minute lead with their first attack.  Musa battled his way past Azpilicueta on the left and fired in a shot from a tight angle that Courtois managed to block.
But Chelsea took a 6th minute lead with City’s defence all at sea. Azpilicueta hoisted a ball into the box which City’s back-line failed to clear despite having two touches. Hazard squared neatly to the unmarked Alonso who curled the ball round Schmeichel and in at the far post.

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City bounced back with a decent attacking spell which saw a number of well delivered crosses from Albrighton. One just went behind Vardy, one was headed wide by Chilwell, and the others were snuffed out by Chelsea’s defence.
In the 36th minute, Vardy turned Cahill on the right and fizzed in a low cross which Courtois did well to tip away from Musa.
Chelsea should have gone 2-0 up just before the break when Hazard set Pedro up, but he blazed his chance over from 15 yards.

City had just about matched the best side in the country for 45 minutes, but sadly that wasn’t the case after the break and the game was gone when Alonso repeated his trick of a sixth minute goal.
A Willian free-kick from the right was cleared only as far as Alonso in the D and he was given time to line up a shot that deflected in off Morgan, taking it past Schmeichel’s outstretched hand.

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An impressive Chelsea were in complete control of the game at this stage
and Morgan did well to deny Hazard as he attempted to pick his way through the defence.
Ranieri made his first change on the hour, bringing Okazaki on for Huth.
Chelsea continued to pass their way round City: Cahill had an overhead kick blocked by Morgan and then Alonso came within three inches of a hat trick, sending a low shot just wide of the post.
Chelsea put the game beyond doubt in the 71st minute. Kante played the ball into the area, Pedro cleverly backheeled on the spin to Willian on the right, his cross span up off Schmeichel and Pedro was on hand to nod the ball past Morgan.

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The rest of the game was a training exercise played out in an emptying stadium.
City’s second half performance had been truly woeful.

Claudio Ranieri didn’t appear to agree with the concensus of opinion: “I’m happy with the performance – we tried to do our best. Of course, I’m not happy that we conceded a goal at the beginning of the first half and the beginning of the second half, but if you take out those two goals, the match was good for us. We closed the space, we mirrored Chelsea with a 3-5-2 and it was good.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, Huth (Okazaki 60), Fuchs, Chilwell, Mendy, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Simpson 77), Musa (Gray 71), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Wasilewski, King, Kapustka.
Chelsea: Courtois, Alonso, Kante, Hazard (Fabregas 79), Pedro (Loftus-Cheek 84), Moses, Matic, Willian (Batshuayi 84), Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz. Subs Not Used: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah.

Referee: A Marriner. Attendance: 32,066.

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Chelsea inflict more travel sickness on Leicester

Chelsea 3:0 Leicester City

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City came a distant second in this meeting of the last two Premier League Champions, with Chelsea cruising to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri employed some squad rotation, with Tuesday’s Champions League game against Copenhagen in mind, and  Hernández, Schlupp and Musa replaced Simpson, Mahrez and Slimani in the starting line-up.
Chelsea dominated from the start, and had the lead by the 7th minute.
Once again, it was a from a set-piece with Hazard’s near post corner from the right flicked on by Matic. Costa, deserted by a frozen Morgan, had half the penalty area to himself as he strolled in to put the home side ahead.
The rest of the half was played almost entirely in City’s half, with Vardy and Musa completely starved of possession.
A second goal for the Blues looked almost inevitable and there was a close call in the 28th minute. Huth was booked for a foul on Hazard 25 yards out and Luiz sent his dipping free kick against the left hand post.
Antonio Conte’s side doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, and although they enjoyed a stroke of luck, City’s defence lacked any authority. Huth and Hernandez got in a tangle trying to get to Matic’s through ball. It fell for Pedro, who set up Hazard. A lucky deflection saw the Belgian through and he rounded Schmeichel before netting with a shot that just evaded Fuchs last-ditch attempted block.

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City’s first chance came in the 38th minute, when Vardy met a Hernandez near post cross, but Luiz managed to intervene.
Luiz then delivered another tricky, swerving free-kick, which Schmeichel punched clear.
City had plenty to think about at half time after a desperately poor first half performance in which they had chased shadows and created next to nothing.

Chelsea had loud penalty appeals turned down just seconds into the second half when a Pedro shot struck Fuchs raised arm, but there was a distinct improvement in their play.
City had penalty appeals of their own turned down a couple of minutes later when Schlupp was baulked by Moses as he charged into the penalty area, but Andre Marriner waved play on again.
In City’s best spell of the game, Musa and Albrighton both missed the target with shots.
Chelsea wasted a 57th minute chance to seal the game when Kante went on an energetic run down the left, before setting up Moses. Schmeichel produced a fine save to keep City in the game.

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Although City didn’t manage an on-target effort all game, they went close in the 62nd minute with a bit of help. Albrighton delivered a low cross from the right and Luiz lunged in with a block to deny Vardy, waiting in front of goal, the ball firmly striking the right hand post with Courtois beaten.
Claudio Ranieri made his first changes in the 67th minute with Slimani on for Musa, and Mahrez replacing Schlupp.
What would have been a very painful goal was avoided in the 73rd minute when Morgan did very well to block a Kante shot from close in.
However, Chelsea’s third arrived with ten minutes to go. Moses cut in from the right and passed Chalobah with his back to goal. A brilliant backheel unlocked City’s defence and Moses beat Schmeichel from close in.

City have still to pick up a point on their travels this season, but Claudio Ranieri made no apology for his team selection: “The Premier League is one year long. Champions League is two months, in or out. We want to go in the knockout in Champions League or Europa League. To achieve this you have to have all your players fit and I prefer to preserve some players for Tuesday night.”

Chelsea: Courtois, Alonso, Kante, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 81), Pedro (Chalobah 68), Moses (Aina 81), Diego Costa, Matic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz. Subs Not Used: Begovic, Batshuayi, Terry, Solanke.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton (King 74), Schlupp (Mahrez 67), Musa (Slimani 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Simpson, Gray, Ulloa

Referee: A Marriner. Attendance: 41,547.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester fall at the first after Chelsea comback

Leicester City 2:4 Chelsea

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A two goal lead against Chelsea wasn’t enough to see City into the next round of the League Cup on Tuesday night at the KPS…

Claudio Ranieri made 7 changes to his starting line-up for this third round tie with only Zieler, Simpson, Morgan and Drinkwater retaining their places.
Chelsea also started with four player from their last outing and were on the front foot in the early stages. They had the ball in the net in the 4th minute but Pedro fell foul of a tight offside decision.
Chelsea then had a penalty appeal turned down when Wasilewski appeared to handle a Pedro cross, with City looking stretched.
After a quarter of an hour City’s first opportunity came when a Cahill error saw Musa charging towards goal, but the defender managed to recover for a face-saving challenge.
For all Chelsea’s early pressure, it was City who took a 17th minute lead.
A Musa cross wasn’t dealt with by the visitors defence and Okazaki stole in at the right hand post to nod the ball home.

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City were running the show now and doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Okazaki struck again from the same place, this time with a clever finish, struck downwards and over Begovic.
Gray then went close with a rasping shot, but some of the good work was undone when Chelsea pulled a goal back just before the half-time whistle. Cahill headed home a Fabregas corner, the ball over the line before Drinkwater’s clearance rebounded in off Luiz.

Four minutes into the second half Chelsea were level when a half clearance fell for Azpilicueta, who lashed an unstoppable volley into the top  right hand corner.
As City pressed to regain their lead there were loud penalty appeals when Gray went over after an Azpilicueta challenge, but referee Bobby Madley waved play on.

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The game changed in the 67th minute when Antonio Conte brought Costa on, and he put himself about as only Costa can.
He soon had a golden chance, putting a shot beyond Zieler but also the post.
City then missed a couple of great chances of their own. The first saw Musa in on goal after a Luiz mistake, but Begovic produced a fine save to deny his lofted effort. The second saw King plant a header wide at the far post when it looked easier to score.
Claudio Ranieri made his first changes in the 75th minute,  bringing on Ulloa for Okazaki, and Vardy for Musa.
Costa then breached the centre of City’s defence but Zieler produced a good save.
The German keeper then denied an increasingly dangerous looking Costa with a double save moments later.
With extra-time looming City were reduced to ten men after a reckless barge by  Wasilewski on Costa. It was the Pole’s second yellow and City were now up against it.

The extra-time that no one wanted was made more annoying when a great move ended with a Fabregas goal two minutes after the restart.
It was then game over when Febregas made it 4-2 with another excellent strike two minutes later.
The rest of extra-time was played at a pedestrian pace, with both sides knowing that Chelsea were in the fourth round.

Although it was disappointing to lose after being two goals ahead, no one will mourn this extra burden on the fixture list for too long.

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Chilwell, Drinkwater, King, Gray (Amartey 90), Schlupp, Musa (Vardy 76), Okazaki (Ulloa 75). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Benalouane, Mahrez, Kapustka.
Chelsea: Begovic, Alonso, Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard 89), Loftus-Cheek (Costa 67), Moses, Matic, Batshuayi (Chalobah 80), Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz. Subs Not Used: Kante, Courtois, Willian, Aina.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 29,899.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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