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Leicester kick off 2019 with a win at Goodison

Everton 0:1 Leicester City

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A Jamie Vardy strike edged City to victory over Everton at Goodison on New Years Day.

Claude Puel made four changes to the side that lost against Cardiff with Ghezzal, Choudhury, Evans and Simpson replacing Gray, Maddison, Albrighton and Söyüncü.
The game kicked off at 12.30, but didn’t really start then. Early kick-offs often have a subdued atmosphere, and Goodison, half of which was brightly illuminated by a low winter sun, appeared to be suffering a collective New Years Day hangover.
Both sides were giving the ball away frequently in the midfield pinball.
The first half-chance fell for Vardy who ballooned a shot 20 yards over the bar.
Then the home side were presented with a chance by Maguire, but Richarlison fired his shot straight into Evans’ chest.
Everton went close in the 20th minute when a low cross passed through the area, to be met with a fierce shot by Kenny that struck the angle of post and bar.
A fairly dire game trundled on, with the only incidents being some crunching tackles from either side. Evans got away with one on Richarlison, but referee Martin Atkinson’s patience ran out and Choudhury was shown a yellow for a bodycheck on the Brazilian. Digne delivered the free-kick from the left but Zouma’s downward header into the ground didn’t trouble Schmeichel.
Zouma then launched a 40 yarder over the bar, before a rare foray forward from City saw Ghezzal do the same from the edge of the area.
City had an attacking spell up the break, Ricardo cut in from the left and sent a shot narrowly over, and then Pickford comfortably claimed a Maguire header.
The ref then blew his whistle and ended a half that no one was sad to see the back of.

Claude Puel swapped Albrighton for Ghezzal at the break and City looked the better side when play recommenced. Albrighton’s first cross saw Pickford struggling to claw it away. Everton were still struggling to create anything, and the mood at Goodison didn’t improve when City took a 58th minute lead. A terrible bit of control from Keane presented the ball to Ricardo who sent Vardy in on goal. He outpaced Zouma before beating Pickford with a low shot into the far corner. Vardy celebrated with some acrobatics in front of the travelling fans who were now thinking their early start had been worthwhile.
Everton tried to up their game in search of an equaliser, Sigurdsson sent a shot narrowly over, but it still wasn’t happening for them and the City defence were dealing comfortably with a series of crosses, especially Evans who had a fine game.
City were still a threat on the break and Ricardo forced Pickford into an awkward save at his near post with a shot from an acute angle.
Richarlison had a shot blocked from close in, before City swept upfield again. Chilwell led the charge, but couldn’t find a shot to match his run, and Pickford easily saved a tame effort.
City then won a couple of free-kicks. The first saw Maguire heading the ball on to Keane’s arm, but shouts for a penalty were ignored. Chilwell delivered the second to the far post but Maguire managed to shin it over from close in. His blushes were spared by the linesman’s flag.
Everton were still failing to put the pressure on City and the only close call came in time added on when Tosun had a a header from close in but Schmeichel spread himself well to block.
The final whistle saw City’s tough run of fixtures producing nine points from 12, and 7th place. While no one could describe this as a great game, it was certainly a perfect result for Claude Puel and his side.

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne, André Gomes (Bernard 62), Gueye, Walcott (Tosun 70), Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Substitutes: Baines, Mina, Stekelenburg, Coleman, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury, Mendy,
Ndidi, Ghezzal (Albrighton 45), Vardy (Gray 90), Ricardo.
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Maddison, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Attendance: 39,052.

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Sigurdsson strike sinks ten man Leicester

Leicester City 1:2 Everton

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A finely balanced game was tipped Everton’s way by the dismissal of Wes Morgan in the 63rd minute at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel named an unchanged line-up, displayed on the new large screens behind each goal, but City got off to a slow start.
A wayward ball from Ndidi saw Everton on the attack, but the threat was snuffed out.
However, the Toffees went ahead in the 7th minute after some woeful defending.
Bernard sent a cross over from the left that was cleared, but recycled back to him. He cut into the area and waltzed round Ricardo and Amartey as though they weren’t there before delivering a ball across the face of goal. Schmeichel got his fingertips to it, but only diverted it to Richarlison at the far post who calmly slotted home from six yards.
Soon after this another ball across City goalmouth saw a three-way collision with Sigurdsson sandwiched between Morgan and Schmeichel, but Amartey cleared as penalty claims were waved away.
City pushed forward in search of an equaliser: Maddison had a shot blocked and then Chilwell beat his man down the left before delivering a cross to the near post, but Vardy didn’t get enough contact on his header which went wide of the far post.
Schmeichel had to make saves from Walcott and Sigurdsson, before a 35th minute opportunity was wasted by City. Vardy ran onto a long ball forward, and outpaced Keane despite a tug on his arm. It is the sort of chance he usually takes, but this one was jabbed wide of the right hand post.
However, City were level five minutes before the break. After Amartey cleared from an Everton corner, a good challenge from Mendy and a precise ball from Iheanacho sent Ricardo charging down the left. He cut into the area, swerved twice to leave Kenny floundering and fired home via Pickford’s glove. On his birthday as well.
Three minutes later Ricardo delivered a good cross from the right, but Vardy’s header didn’t test Pickford. The England keeper’s drop-kick sent Richarlison in down the left, but having outpaced Morgan he was then wrestled to the ground by the City captain for an obvious yellow card.

Six minutes into the second half a clumsy challenge by Morgan dumped Richarlison onto the pitch surround near the technical area. Referee Andre Marriner opted not to show him another yellow, but he was clearly on his last warning.
City then went close to taking the lead when Chilwell intercepted a ball out of Everton’s defence and then skipped round three defenders before sending a shot narrowly wide of the left hand post.
In the 63rd minute the inevitable happened as Morgan tackled Richarlison from behind on the halfway line. Although he got some ball he also caught the Brazilian’s heel, who made the most of it. Marriner ran out of patience and Morgan was dismissed for the second time in three games.
Claude Puel brought Albrighton on for Iheanacho, leaving Vardy on his own up front and moved Amartey to centre-half.
If City had looked the more likely winners with eleven men, Everton were now running the game. Following a corner Schmeichel made two good saves in quick succession from Digne and Davies.
But he could do nothing about Everton’s winner in the 77th minute. A smart turn from Sigurdsson saw him evade Maddison, and he strode into space before launching a superb dipping 25-yarder into the top left hand corner.
Puel brought on Ghezzal for Ricardo, and then Okazaki for Maddison, which prompted some booing, but Everton were managing the game well and City were struggling to create anything.
An injury-time corner, which saw Schmeichel taking up a position at the far post, saw City’s last opportunity for a point. Amartey rose highest in a crowded box but sent his header wide and the game was up.
It was a self-inflicted defeat to a large extent, with many fans thinking Morgan should have been subbed after his let-off, just as Davies was for Everton.
Claude Puel didn’t agree: “This yellow card changed the scenario of the game because we were dominating against this team. Perhaps we started to drop deep afterwards and we conceded this fantastic goal. It was tough for us and for my players. I think Wes has a lot of experience to manage the yellow card. If we withdraw a player all the time because he has a yellow card to maintain the level and do our best. Of course we can have this feeling.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Ricardo (Okazaki 86), Iheanacho (Albrighton 67), Maddison (Ghezzal 80), Vardy.
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Iborra, Fuchs.
Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Davies (Tosun 71), Gueye, Walcott, (Calvert-Lewin 90), Sigurdsson, Bernard (Schneiderlin 90), Richarlison.
Substitutes: Holgate, Baines, Stekelenburg, Lookman.

Referee: Andre Marriner. Attendance: 32,007.

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Walcott double sinks Leicester at Goodison

Everton 2:1 Leicester City

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Transfer deadline day cast a shadow over City’s game at Everton on Wednesday night, as they lost 2-1 on a cold and wet night…

Riyad Mahrez, the subject of interest from Manchester City, didn’t travel to Merseyside with the squad. This meant a starting place for Gray, while FA Cup heroes Diabaté and Iheanacho were on the bench along with Silva and Iborra.
For the opening twenty minutes this line-up worked well, playing an assured passing game that had Everton chasing shadows and murmurs of discontent from the home crowd.
Despite this dominance, City weren’t creating many chances. The best one came in the 10th minute when Ndidi got a looping header to an Albrighton cross, but his effort hit the bar.
But the tide then turned when Everton took a 25th minute lead. Chilwell dwelt on the ball in his own area, looking for a pass when he should have cleared, and he was robbed by Martina. Sigurdsson then crossed for an unmarked Walcott to stroke home his first goal for Everton.
This gave Goodison a huge lift, and the game was transformed, with City looking shaky as Everton had their tails up.
City had a huge let off in the 35th minute when Amartey’s poor clearance set up Niasse for an easy chance, but he screwed his shot just wide of the right hand post. It was only a temporary reprieve however, as Everton doubled their lead a minute later.
Rooney hoisted a high ball into the box, Keane nodded it down, and Walcott was unmarked to net his second from close in.
Right from the kick-off Everton had another chance when a Maguire error saw Niasse steaming down the middle, but his control let him down and Schmeichel beat him to the ball.
For City it had been a half of two halves, and it couldn’t end quickly enough.

There were no changes for either side for the second half, and no change in City’s woeful play either with constant defensive errors and hardly a pass finding a man.
Sigurdsson forced Schmeichel into a good save, before Niasse wasted another decent chance.
Claude Puel made his first change after 58 minutes, bringing on Diabaté for Okazaki, but like fellow striker Vardy, he was hardly getting a touch, as Everton controlled their own defensive third.
But City were then handed a 70th minute life-line. Rooney tugged Ndidi as he ran into the area to meet a cross and the referee pointed to the spot. Vardy blasted the penalty into the bottom left hand corner, sending Pickford the wrong way and it was City’s turn to get fired up.
Iheanacho and Fuchs came on for Gray and Amartey as City changed to three at the back and pressed forward. And Iheanacho came close to scoring after just two minutes.
City’s pressing saw Rooney forced into conceding a corner. Albrighton delivered it and Maguire got a diving header on target. Iheanacho, three yards out, stuck out a boot and diverted it onto the crossbar, before chasing the rebound and  hitting the post with a shot on the turn.
Two minutes later James had a shot from close in cleared off the line, but then Everton managed to get a grip on the game, aided by what was now torrential rain.
In the 85th minute Schmeichel came out to collect a cross held up in the swirling wind and collided with Calvert-Lewin, but Drogovic took up his position in goal to head clear.
City couldn’t find a way back and tasted defeat for the first time in 2018.

Without offering any excuses it was hard to believe that transfer deadline day hadn’t affected City’s performance.
Claude Puel commented on the Mahrez situation: “I was ready to accept all decisions. We can understand his reaction. A difficult situation for him and the club. We received something at the last moment and it was harsh for us. All the players, staff, will help him come back with a smile.”

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Martina, Gueye, Davies, Walcott,
Rooney (Schneiderlin 81), Sigurdsson (Calvert-Lewin 82), Niasse (Williams 88).
Substitutes: Bolasie, Tosun, Robles, Kenny.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey (Fuchs 74), Dragovic, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Okazaki
(Diabaté 58), 
Gray (Iheanacho 75), Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Silva, Iborra, Benalouane.

Referee: 
C Kavanagh. Attendance: 38,390.

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Claude Puel off to a winning start over Everton

Leicester City 2:0 Everton

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An attack-minded Claude Puel won his first game in charge of City on Sunday, a fairly comfortable 2-0 win against Everton in the King Power’s Remembrance Day fixture…

Puel made two changes to Michael Appleton’s last selection, with Gray and Chilwell in for Albrighton and Okazaki. Chilwell was used as a winger, with Mahrez given more of a roaming brief in support of Vardy.
After an impressive poppy display around the stadium, the game commenced, City pressed forward in the early stages and had three decent chances in the first ten minutes.

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Gray fired a low 30 yarder just wide of the left hand post, Morgan had a shot at the far post blocked by Williams from a corner, and Chilwell stabbed an effort over the bar from a Gray cross.
A clash of heads between Gueye and Mahrez then left the City man requiring treatment.
The 16th minute saw a rousing round of applause for Shay Bryan, a 16 year old City fan who recently lost his battle against cancer.
Two minutes later City went ahead with a suberb breakway move.
Gray gained possession of the ball on the edge of City’s area and embarked on an 80 yard run, skipping past two challenges before sending Mahrez into space on the right. He delivered a perfect low cross for Vardy to meet with a well timed run and he beat Pickford from six yards.

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Two minutes later City threatened to break again but Davies took one for the team, pulling Vardy by the sleeve and earning a yellow card.
In the 22nd minute Vardy charged down the left and delivered a cross for Mahrez which Williams intercepted. Mahrez regained possession, but his shot on the turn didn’t test Pickford.
Everton, who had turned in a woeful opening 25 minutes, began to get a foothold in the game, winning the physical battle in midfield.
Rooney delivered a defence-splitting pass that sent Lennon in down the right, but his cross went just behind Calvert-Lewin.
But City doubled their lead in the 29th minute, with a slice of fortune.
Gray’s cross from the left saw a miscued clearance from Kenny, who merely skimmed the ball, helping it on its way into the net. Although poor Kenny was subjected to three replays on the big screens, Gray was credited with the goal.
City had a let off in the 31st minute when Fuchs brought Lennon down, without making any contact with the ball. Despite the Rooney-led protestations, referee Andre Marriner didn’t want to know.
Everton were on top leading up to the break and Schmeichel had to be alert to push a long-range Mirallas effort round the post, but the visitors were lacking a cutting edge and City took their two goal lead in at half time.

The Toffee’s stand in manager David Unsworth made two changes for the second half, with Mirallas and Lennon replaced by Baningime and Niasse.
And City’s chances were now few and far between. Vardy attempted an overhead kick from an Iborra cross, but succeeded only in hurting himself.

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Everton delivered a series of balls into City’s area, but a combination of solid defending and poor finishing meant that Schmeichel’s goal was never really threatened.
The 73rd minute saw Sigurdsson replacing Rooney, and he waved his arms about in protest as he made his way to the bench.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 75th minute, bringing Okazaki on for Mahrez.
As City continued to frustrate the visitors, Albrighton then replaced Chilwell in the 82nd minute.
City should have had a third with four minutes remaining, when a Vardy cross found Iborra ten yards out, but his first touch was poor and he ended up directing it well wide.

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With a minute to go Baines sent a dipping shot narrowly over the bar for their final chance and Claude Puel had got his City career off to a winning start.
The new City boss commented: “It was impressive because they played very well. It was very good first half with good combination and relationships between the players for a fantastic first goal. It was a little more difficult in the second half because they are a very good team and they tried to get back in the game. But we had a good attitude, good structure and a lot of solidarity.
It’s a very good result and I wanted to say thanks to our fantastic fans and their warm welcome. It was a fantastic atmosphere and I’m happy for my players.”

A second succesive Premier League win saw City leap up the table to 11th.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Gray, Ndidi, Iborra, Chilwell (Albrighton 83), Mahrez (Okazaki 75), Vardy (Iheanacho 90).Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Slimani.
Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Lennon (Baningime 45), Davies, Gueye, Mirallas (Niasse 45), Rooney (Sigurdsson 74), Calvert-Lewin. Substitutes: Schneiderlin, Holgate, Lookman, Robles.
Referee: A Marriner. Attendance: 31,891.

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Everton end Leicester’s winning run

Everton 4:2 Leicester City

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A City starting XI with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final were beaten 4-2 by Everton at Goodison on Sunday…

With TV scheduling forcing City to play three days before one of the biggest games in the club’s history Craig Shakespeare had a balancing act to pull off, and made five changes to his starting line-up. Fuchs, Simpson, Okazaki, Ndidi and Mahrez were replaced by Chilwell, Amartey, Albrighton, King and Slimani.

They didn’t get off to a great start, with Everton taking the lead after just 31 seconds.
Mirallas cut through City’s back-line with a strong run down the middle before Amartey brought him down on the edge of the area. Referee Bobby Madley allowed play to continue,  Davies seized on the loose ball and produced a neat finish to beat Schmeichel.
City’s defence were still looking shaky two minutes later when Lukaku set up Mirallas with a fine ball from the right, but he miscontrolled and wasted the chance.
However, by the fourth minute City were level. Gray charged forward on the break and picked out an unmarked Slimani who slotted a cool finish through Robles’ legs.
By the 10th minute City were ahead. Vardy was fouled on the left. Albrighton swung in the free-kick and the ball flew over everyone, including Robles, and found the top right hand corner.

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It had been an incredible turn around by City and Gray went on another run four minutes later, but his shot didn’t have enough zip to trouble Robles.
But the home side levelled matters in the 23rd minute. Barkley delivered a superb cross from the right and a slackly marked Lukaku only had to apply his head to it to make it 2-2.
There was a flare up in the 28th minute when Mirallas objected to a challenge by Huth and ill-advisedly grabbed a handful of the big German’s shirt. Both players were yellow-carded.
Everton were running the game up to the break and regained their lead in the 41st minute. Barkley broke free on goal, and rounded Schmeichel who somehow managed to get a last ditch hand to his shot on goal.
But it was a temporary reprieve, as Mirallas swung in a fine corner kick and Jagielka rose above a weak Benalouane challenge to head home and give Everton a half time lead.

Everton continued to look threatening in the second half, with Lukaku, Mirallas and Barkley all on top form.
City were restricted to the occasional chance, and Slimani had a shot deflected just wide.
Everton sealed victory in the 57th minute when City conceded from another corner.
Mirallas whipped the flag kick in from the left,  Jagielka got a touch to it and the ball fell nicely for Lukaku to fire home his second at the far post.
Soon after this goal, Mahrez and Musa replaced Gray and Vardy, but it was another sub, Ulloa who almost made an instant impact in the 78th minute.
Mahrez ook a corner from the right and Ulloa’s first touch, a thumping header, struck Gueye when it looked goalbound.
Ulloa then got his head to a Mahrez cross, but Robles made a fine reaction save before Jagielka hooked the ball clear.
But this game was over long before the end and Craig Shakespeare’s six game winning run was at an end.
The fifteen points earned since he took over meant that this game could be sacrificed to an extent, and no one could blame Shakespeare for planning around next Wednesday night with his team selection.

Madrid, here we come…

Everton: Robles, Holgate, Pennington, Jagielka, Baines, Gana, Schneiderlin (Barry 73), Davies, Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas. Subs Not Used: Valencia, Stekelenburg, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Kenny, Williams.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Benalouane, Huth, Chilwell, Albrighton (Ulloa 78), King, Drinkwater, Gray (Mahrez 61), Slimani, Vardy (Musa 61). Subs Not Used: Kapustka, Simpson, Zieler, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 39,573. 

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Leicester comeback at Everton secures 4th round place

Everton 1:2 Leicester City

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City fought back to make it to the fourth round of the FA Cup after trailing 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri made five changes to his starting line-up, handing a debut to new signing Ndidi, and bringing Drinkwater, Chilwell, Albrighton and Gray in.
In the opening exchanges Schmeichel easily dealy with an on-target shot from Funes Mori, while Ulloa got his head to a Gray cross but was wide of the far post by a yard.
Ndidi, already impressing in midfield, then forced a save from Robles with a low drive.
The lively Gray then had an angled shot blocked by Robles, before Everton began to get the upper hand.
Baines had a shot blocked by Albrighton, and then Funes Mori got on the end of a Williams nod down, but sent his shot over from close in.
As Everton continued to threaten, Schmeichel got a hand to a Valencia chip from the left but only as far as  Lukaku, who sent his header well wide.
Ten minutes before the break, Ulloa had to go off with a thigh problem, with Musa replacing him up front. With Slimani in Africa and Vardy ill, City’s attacking options were threadbare, but Musa was to step up magnificently.

City began the second half on the front foot, Drinkwater and Simpson both missing the target with long range efforts, and Morgan finding room for a header from a corner, but it went straight at Robles.
However, it was the home side who were to take a 63rd minute lead. Deulofeu outpaced Chilwell down the right and his low cross presented Lukaku with a tap in.
But this lead only lasted three minutes, as City struck back. An Albrighton ball sent Gray down the left and his low cross found Musa, arriving at the near post. His shot span up off Baines and hit the left hand post before Musa managed to bundle it over the line as Robles scrambled back.
Four minutes later the travelling contingent were celebrating again as City took the lead.
Musa was 22 yards out when he exchanged passes with Drinkwater and threaded his way through the defence, before producing a neat finish past Robles.
City’s defence held firm for the remainder of the game, with a Mirallas shot that went narrowly wide being Everton’s best chance.
City could have made it 3-1 when Kapustka, making his first appearance as sub in the 84th minute, didn’t test Robles with a shot when well placed.

Claudio Ranieri singled out two players for praise: “Musa was excellent. I’ve watched him recently and think he is starting to understand English football better. Ndidi trained just two training sessions with us but played with fantastic personality. He recovered a lot of balls and played well. For 20 years old to make his first game against Everton, it’s unbelievable.”

Everton: Robles, Baines, Williams, Funes Mori, Holgate (Deulofeu 46), Coleman, Davies, Barry, Barkley (Kone 75), Valencia (Mirallas 61), Lukaku. Subs Not Used: Hewelt, Jagielka, Oviedo, Cleverley. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Gray (Fuchs 77), Albrighton (Kapustka 84), Ulloa (Musa 34). Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, James, Okazaki. 
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 35,493.
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Boxing Day Blues for Leicester

Leicester City 0:2 Everton

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Two second half goals for Everton ensured a miserable Boxing Day for Leicester fans…

It was an unfamiliar line-up for City, with Vardy, Huth and Fuchs suspended, and Mahrez and Drinkwater on the bench. Okazaki, Gray, Wasilewski and Chilwell all made the starting XI.
City got off to a decent start, Amartey tested Robles with a long range effort, and then Gray received a clearance from Schmeichel, combined well with Albrighton and made room for a shot that went wide of the right hand post.
Everton were happy to sit back and let City have possession, and the game became deadlocked, notable only for a superb debut from Chilwell, who was solid in defence and a threat going forward.

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The visitors began to push forward towards the break and created a couple of chances, Funes Mori heading over from close in, before Baines fired a low ball across the area that evaded  the outstretched boot of Mirallas by a couple of inches.
So it was 0-0 at the break, with an understrength City side having just about edged the half.
Sadly that didn’t continue. With Drinkwater on for Okazaki, City attempted to apply some early pressure, but were hit with a sucker punch on the break in the 51st minute.
A huge clearance from keeper Robles saw Mirallas racing between Morgan and Wasilewski before sliding home a shot which was diverted past Schmeichel as Wasilewski attempted a late block.

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City went in pursuit of an equaliser, but were making little impression going forward.
Claudio Ranieri made a couple of changes in the 64th minute, bringing on Mahrez for King and Ulloa for Gray. Boos rang out from the stands, with many fans thinking that Slimani should have been hooked, rather than Gray.
Ulloa’s first touch saw him get his head to a Simpson cross, but his effort went straight into Robles’ hands.

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City struggled to create any clear cut chances after that, and Everton put the game beyond them with a second goal in injury time.
A ball from Barkley found Lukaku on the right, and he outmuscled Morgan before turning Wasilewski insideout and slotting past Schmeichel.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “We were in control but suddenly there was a long kick and we reacted a little late and they scored. After that we were nervous, and controlled the match much better. This season is this way – nothing is right, nothing is easy. We have to work and react. That’s our medicine. We have to stay together in the bad moment.”

City are now in a relegation battle and desperately need something from the West Ham game to end what was their greatest ever year on a high note.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Chilwell; Gray (Ulloa 64), Amartey, King (Mahrez 64), Albrighton; Okazaki (Drinkwater 45), Slimani. Subs Not Used: Hernandez, Musa, Zieler, Mendy.
Everton: Joel, Baines, Funes Mori, Williams, Holgate, Coleman, Barry (Davies 68), Gana, Mirallas (Barkley 75), Lennon (Cleverley 88), Lukaku. Subs Not Used: Hewelt, Jagielka, Deulofeu, Valencia.

Referee: S Attwell. Attendance: 31,985.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 
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