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Leicester finally switch on to humble Liverpool

Leicester City 3:1 Liverpool

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Craig Shakespeare’s first game in charge of Leicester saw an emphatic 3:1 win over Liverpool at the KPS on Monday night…

The caretaker boss, who may well have staked a permanent claim to the job, sent out last season’s first choice side, with Ndidi in the Kante role, and also seemed to have summoned last season’s spirit.
Right from the start of the game, City looked like a completely different side to the one that had struggled through this Premier League campaign.
Vardy was haring around the turf and hurt Mane with a tasty challenge in the first minute. City pressed forward and Huth connected with an Albrighton throw, giving Mignolet a comfortable save.
The Liverpool keeper was more stretched by the next effot when Okazaki got his head to a mishit Vardy shot.
Liverpool’s first attack came in the 10th minute when Mane sent in a dangerous low cross from the right, but Ndidi extended a long leg to intercept.
City soon threatened again when Huth should have done better with a header from an Albrighton corner, but sent it well over.
Another chance arrived for City in the 20th minute when Vardy turned Lucas with a flick, but mistimed his connection as the ball dropped allowing Mignolet to block.
Huth blocked a fierce Coutinho effort as Liverpool came more into the game, but then City took a vital 28th minute lead with a goal that conjured up memories of last season.
A defence-splitting pass from Albrighton sent Vardy in down the right and he raced clear and fired home City’s first league goal of 2017 giving Mignolet no chance.

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Although this raised the KPS roof, Liverpool almost struck back straight away when Coutinho went clear of City’s defence down the left, but Schmeichel came racing out to block his shot.
City were soon on the attack again, Mahrez sent Vardy into the box but his clever back-heel was sidefooted over the bar by Ndidi.
City didn’t have to wait long for their second goal, however, and it was truly spectacular when it arrived in the 38th minute.
From a half-cleared corner, Albrighton sent a cross into the goalmouth and when Milner headed it clear it presented itself to Drinkwater on the edge of the area. He crashed home a perfect half-volley into the bottom right hand corner and the KPS went nuts again.
City took their 2-0 lead in with them at the break, with the crowd as well as the players needing to get their breath back.

Despite the two goal cushion, nerves were still jangling as Liverpool dictated play in the first period of the second half. This was a passage of play on which City’s whole season could hinge. Liverpool’s passing game was clicking into gear and Mane was beginning to look threatening.
But then City struck again to make it 3-0 on the hour.Mahrez and Fuchs combined well down the left and Fuchs dummied  a left foot cross, before delivering a perfect ball into the area with his right. There was Vardy, perfectly placed in the middle to direct a fine header into the bottom right corner to surely seal a fantastic victory.

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Klopp’s side were stung into action now, and City had some defending to do. Lallana went close with one effort , before the visitors narrowed the gap in the 68th minute. Can set up Coutinho, who found himself to space to run into and line up a a precise shot past Schmeichel.
This came soon after a touching ‘phone light’ tribute to Claudio Ranieri around the ground, which struck the right tone.
Shakespeare made his first substition after the goal, bringing on Amartey for Okazaki who had run himself into the ground.
Liverpool set up camp in City’s half again without actually creating many chances, and they were almost caught out on the break when Mignolet arrived in the nick of time as Vardy raced after a long ball forward.
Mahrez then went on a run down the right and into the box before being crowded out: he laid the ball off to Drinkwater who skied his effort when well placed.
Mahrez was then replaced by Gray.
Liverpool upped the pressure as the final whistle approached, but the City defence held firm.
Fuchs came within inches of a fourth goal in time added on, lobbing a long-range effort that had Mignolet backpedalling as it just cleared the bar.

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The final whistle brought emotional scenes. Last season’s Leicester had reappeared.
Perhaps we will never know why. Some fans had a strange mixture of elation and anger, thinking that the players had stitched Ranieri up by under-performing for most of the season. Others pointed to subtle changes like Ndidi playing a more defensive role and Drinkwater in a more effective forward position making the difference.
Perhaps it didn’t really matter. What mattered was that Leicester were back and looked much better equipped for the battle against relegation.

Craig Shakespeare, who may well be in charge for the remainder of the season and possibly longer, observed: “I think some of it is human nature when people criticise you there is bound to be a reaction. I know the criticism has hurt and perhaps there was a little more fire in the belly because of that. They know they are guilty of underperforming – but this is only one result and we must build on that.”

 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 80), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Chilwell 90), Okazaki (Amartey 69), Vardy. Subs Not Used: King, Slimani, Zieler, Ulloa.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas (Woodburn 84), Milner, Lallana (Origi 66), Can, Wijnaldum, Mane (Moreno 66), Firmino, Coutinho. Subs Not Used: Karius, Klavan, Stewart, Alexander-Arnold.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 32,034. 

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Mixed fortunes for Leicester’s internationals

Riyad Mahrez was the most successful of City’s internationals over the weekend, getting two goals in Algeria’s 6-0 win over Lesotho in the Africa Cup of Nations…

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His first was a stunning free-kick from 25 yards, which you can watch here.
City’s new record signing Islam Slimani also came on as sub and provided an assist.

Also on the scoresheet was Bartosz Kapustka who netted for Poland in their 2018 World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena.

Sadly, neither Jamie Vardy or Danny Drinkwater made it onto the field in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England. An unimpressive performance eventually saw a late victory over 10-men Slovakia at the City Arena in Trnava.

On Saturday: Ahmed Musa played for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Tanzania in the Africa Cup of Nations; Daniel Amartey was in the Ghana side that drew 1-1 with Rwanda; and Wes Morgan played in Jamaica’s 2-0 against Panama in a World Cup qualifier.

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Danny Drinkwater signs new contract

Influential midfielder Danny Drinkwater became the latest Leicester City player to commit his future to the club, signing a new deal taking him up to 2021.

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The 26 year old, thought to be a Tottenham target, commented:
“I couldn’t be happier. I’ve loved playing for this club, it’s been perfect for me and my career and I want to be here for a long time to come. We’ve been through so much together and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.”

With the departure of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea it became even more vital that City held on to the England international who played in 35 of City’s 38 Premier League games and provided many pin-point passes for Jamie Vardy to run on to.

A delighted Claudio Ranieri said: “Since I joined, Danny has been one of our most consistent players. He’s a fantastic player and a fantastic man. He’s an important player for us and a very popular player in the dressing room. I want him to stay with us for a very long time.”

PHOTO: Simon Kimber
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The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

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Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

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250,000 Hail the Champions at Leicester’s biggest ever party

Huge crowds gathered in Leicester on Monday night to herald their Premier League title winning heroes…

After a bus parade wound its way through the city centre streets the party ended up in Victoria Park, where Claudio Ranieri and his players showed off the trophy on a huge stage.
A Glastonbury-sized crowd then enjoyed a surprise appearance from Kasabian, before partying long into the night…

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Night of near-misses as West Brom frustrate Leicester

Leicester City 2:2 West Bromwich Albion

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City had to be content with a point from a fine performance at the KPS on Tuesday night, as West Brom kept out a second half onslaught for a 2-2 draw…

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his starting line-up with Simpson back from suspension, and King replacing the injured Kanté.
City went for the visitors right from the kick off and the opening spell saw a Drinkwater shot blocked by McAuley and King going close after he was set up by Huth.
But it was West Brom who were to take the lead in the 11th minute as City conceded their first goal at home in 2016. A slide-rule Fletcher through-ball saw Huth uncharacteristically out-muscled by Rondon, who then fired a shot home through Schmeichel’s legs.

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City, roared on by another sell-out crowd, pressed forward in search of an equaliser. Okazaki got onto the end of a Huth header, but sent his shot from close in over the bar.
The Japanese striker then neatly beat Fletcher to set himself up but his composure then deserted him for the shot.
Vardy got his head to a Mahrez cross but didn’t test Foster in Albion’s goal.
City’s equaliser arrived just after the half hour and, although deserved, it had a touch of fortune to it. King squared to Drinkwater some 25 yards out and his fierce shot struck Olsson and looped over Foster into the net.

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City nearly went ahead 5 minutes later when Drinkwater crossed for Vardy, but the England striker’s header smacked against the crossbar.
For all City dominance Albion still looked dangerous on their occasional breaks and Morgan blocked a goal-bound Rondon shot.
City finally took the lead their play had deserved in the last minute of the half, when a fine Mahrez ball from the right was steered home by King.

If everything had been going to plan at the break, City soon suffered a setback in the second half when the Baggies summoned up a 49th minute equaliser.
Gardner was perhaps offered a little too much of the left hand side of the goal as he lined up to take a 25 yard free-kick, and duly curled it into the top left hand corner.

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From then on it was a case of City throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Albion in the desperate search for a winning goal.
Okazaki repeated Vardy’s first half trick, heading against the bar from close range.
An inspired Albrighton then sent a series of crosses over from the left, but Albion were winning the aerial battle.
In the 63rd minute Albrighton and Okazaki made way for Schlupp and Ulloa and the crosses continued to rain in.
Foster produced a fine save from a Schlupp shot, before hearts were in mouths at the other end as Rondon couldn’t find the target at close range.
Vardy then pickpocketed the ball from McAuley out on the touchline, and raced towards goal, but his low shot was well saved by Foster.
From the corner, Huth sent a header inches wide of the right hand post.
A couple of shots from Gardner went close, but most of the increasingly frantic action centred on Albion’s goal. Vardy and Schlupp both had shots blocked, Foster saved from Morgan and then Mahrez attempted an audacious overhead kick that sadly didn’t come off.
City couldn’t repeat the last minute winner from Saturday, and title hopes were dented by the loss of two points at home. However, it had been a magnificent performance and City had gone three points clear at the top.

Claudio Ranieri wasn’t downcast: “Four points from two difficult matches, it is fantastic. We are alive and our spirit is ready to fight again. I am happy, not that we didn’t get the three points, you can’t always get the three points, but our performance was fantastic.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Gray 79), Drinkwater, King, Albrighton (Schlupp 63), Mahrez, Okazaki (Ulloa 63), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Amartey, Wasilewski, Inler.
Albion: Foster, Olsson, Chester, Yacob, McAuley, Dawson, Gardner (McClean 83), Fletcher, Sessegnon (Sandro 90), Berahino, Rondon (Anichebe 90). Subs Not Used: Myhill, Pritchard, Gamboa, Lambert.
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 32,018.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester dismiss the doubters with a fine victory

Leicester City 3:0 Stoke City

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City emphatically ended their slight mid-season wobble and took a big stride in their Premier League title bid with a magnificent 3-0 win over Stoke City in front of an adoring KPS. Equally as significant, Jamie Vardy proved he has fully recovered from his groin operation with a quality strike with the game still in the balance against a very well-organised opposition.
There were no surprises in Claudio Ranieri’s team selection with the first-choice eleven restored after the FA Cup distraction. Chances were few and far between in the opening quarter-of-an-hour with a deep-lying Stoke defence preventing City making any attacking impact and their tall back-line snuffing out any aerial challenge.
Stoke were first to attack when Walters went through but was thwarted by Morgan and an on-rushing Schmeichel.
City characteristically broke up-field with Mahrez, Albrighton whipped in a fine low cross and a crisp Vardy shot was saved by Butland.
Mahrez almost opened the scoring from the resulting corner but his spectacular bicycle kick was narrowly wide.
One of City’s unsung heroes Danny Simpson had to be alert to divert a Shaqiri cross with Diouf waiting to finish before another, Drinkwater, opened the scoring on 42 minutes. Stoke only half-cleared an Albrighton corner and the ball fell to Drinkwater 20 yards out. His fierce low shot, that took a slight deflection past Buland, made many a City fan’s cup of tea taste that little bit sweeter at half-time.
Incredibly it was City’s first goal of the season from outside the box.

Like the first-half, the second started slowly until the game burst into life when Schmeichel punched away a Joselu header. |
Then, on 66 minutes came the moment that Vardy and all City fans had long been waiting for, 10 hours and 17 minutes to be precise.

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A delightful lofted pass from Man of the Match Drinkwater fell just over Vardy’s shoulder, and he expertly took the ball around the keeper with his first touch and slotted home from a narrow angle to produce the biggest cheer of the afternoon.
Vardy almost got his second after being set up by Kante who danced though three tackles and fed Vardy, only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle. Vardy’s animated applause of the imperious Frenchman was echoed by all.
City were now in full flow and had categorically banished any pessimism after only one league win in the previous four weeks and the fervour in the stands transferred itself onto the pitch and onto Mahrez in particular.
A goal for the re-energised Algerian, who was now running at Stoke defenders at will, would have been the icing on the cake. However, he had to do with assist, but with a piece of trickery that will be doing the rounds on YouTube for many a year and presumably have the unwitting Stoke defender having nightmares for just as long.

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With three minutes remaining, a terrific move was started by a Schmeichel kick, headed on by substitute Ulloa to Vardy who fed Mahrez 15 yards out. With a deft piece of skill, Mahrez sold a dummy and nutmegged Wollscheid in one move and the cross-cum-shot was netted by a grateful Ulloa, another badly in need of a goal.
Opinion was divided if it was a ‘flip-flap’, an ‘elastico’ or a regulation nutmeg, but it was glorious.
The sea of smiling faces on the walk back to car after the game summed up perfectly the mood of the city and things would only get better as the weekend progressed. Ranieri’s beautiful use of the English language was again demonstrated in his post-match comments.
On Vardy’s first goal in seven games the Italian said: “Jamie I tell every day it is not important, although I know goals for the strikers is important and maybe now he has more confidence, and when I speak with him I say it is important you continue to work hard because you are the main man and if you start to press then everyone follows. Then sooner or later you score a goal, I tell him this. You have to work and make it happen and then the goal will arrive.”
Ranieri recognised that City are in a privileged position with no further involvement in any cup competitions. “Now the players will have three days off, to clear the minds. And when they come back we restart to work hard because the league for us is very exciting. We made a fantastic performance and I am very pleased with my players.”
With their rivals slipping up, City finished the weekend in first place, three points ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City. With no cups to act as distractions, minimum injury worries and generous owners, surely there will never be a better chance for City to go and do something special?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Gray 88), Okazaki (Ulloa 62), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Inler, King, Dyer.
Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Pieters, Shawcross (Wilson 30), Wollscheid, Whelan, Afellay, Diouf (Odemwingie 71), Shaqiri (Crouch 79), Joselu, Walters. Subs Not Used: Van Ginkel, Adam, Bojan, Haugaard.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 32,018.

WORDS: Rob Coe. PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester winning run ends, but a point is rescued

Leicester City 2:2 Watford

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City’s winning run came to an end at a wind-battered KPS on Saturday afternoon, but there was still an air of triumph due to Drinkwater’s injury time equaliser after Watford had led 2-0…

An unchanged City side attacked from the start, as usual, but in difficult conditions the league leaders found themselves a goal down by the 9th minute.
It was a strange goal to concede with Deeney launching a ball forward and  Forestieri timing his run perfectly to nip behind the City defence to divert the ball past Schmeichel with a diving header, while every blue shirt looked towards the linesman in vain.
City continued to press forward. Wasilewski went close; as did Vardy with a back-heel and James with a corner that was caught in the swirling wind.

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But despite City’s dominance the Hornet’s stung again four minutes before the break when a low long-range shot from Murray sneaked in at Schmeichel’s right hand post.
City reduced the size of their task two minutes later when a slick move saw De Laet square a ball to James who finished well past Almunuia.

A frustrating second half followed as City struggled to create much on a pitch swirling with crisp packets and carrier bags, faced with the yellow wall doggedly defending their lead.
Watford were also dangerous on the break and Forestieri could have sealed matters with a shot before deciding on a pass to Deeney which went astray.

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A good run and cross from the left from Dyer teed up Nugent close in, but he skewed his effort wide of the post.
Soon after this Pearson reshuffled his pack with Phillips and Mahrez replacing Vardy and Dyer.
Phillips almost got on to the score sheet, lurking at the far post as he had at Bournemouth, but Almunia managed to parry his shot over.
Wood replaced Wasilewski as City desperately threw everything forward, but 90 minutes came and went without them finding the net.

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The five minutes of time added on were almost up when the ball sat up nicely on the edge of the area for Drinkwater to fire the perfect half volley beyond the reach of Almunia and into the net.
There was a huge roar around the KPS to greet this late, late equaliser.
Although City’s winning run had come to an end, this battling side had scraped a point, and proved that they never give up.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski (Wood 84), Konchesky, Dyer (Mahrez 77), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert, Vardy (Phillips 74), Nugent. Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Schlupp, Logan.
Watford: Almunia, Angella, Ekstrand, Battocchio (Merkel 90), Deeney, Forestieri (Hall 84), Murray, Faraoni (Pudil 71), Anya, Cassetti, Tozser. Subs Not Used: Bellerin, Doyley, Ranegie, Bond.

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Attendance: 23,635.

All photos: Simon Kimber

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