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Leicester reach the semis despite Everton fightback

Everton 2:2 Leicester City  (Leicester win 4-2 on penalties)

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Despite losing a two goal lead in the last 20 minutes City were triumphant in the penalty shoot-out in this League Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park on Wednesday night…

Brendan Rodgers showed his cup ambitions with just three changes: Söyüncü, Tielemans and Iheanacho making way for Morgan, Pérez and Albrighton.
After an early scare when a poor Schmeichel clearance was headed back short by Evans, but Everton couldn’t capitalise, City settled into their possession game. But with blue shirts pressing them hard they couldn’t get near Pickford’s goal.
The first chance arrived in the 15th minute when Ricardo went on a fine run down the right and cut back for Pérez, but his shot cleared the bar from a good position.
City eventually made their possession pay in the 26th minute. Ricardo blasted a low cross from the right and Maddison had the time to kill the ball with his left foot and fire it home from 15 yards with his right.
If this was a blow for the Toffees it would get worse for them three minutes later when City went further ahead. Maddison delivered a corner from the left, Vardy nodded it on, and Evans calmly side-footed home at the far post from a yard out.
But with Everton newly revitalised under Duncan Ferguson there was never a sense that the game was over.
Everton created a rare chance towards half time when Mina got his head to a free-kick but it didn’t test Schmeichel. But City were in control of proceedings for the remainder of the first half, with Everton giving the ball away far too often.

Although Everton saw more of the ball early in the second half it was City who had the first chance when Pérez connected well with a long range effort, but Pickford tipped it over the bar at full stretch.
Everton, roared on by a sell out crowd, and Duncan Ferguson in shirt sleeves on a cold night, began to create some chances but were wasteful. Kean had a shot saved by Schmeichel, Mina failed to connect with a corner from point blank range, and Holgate sent a shot way off target.
City came close to killing the game off in the 66th minute. Vardy robbed Coleman and set up Albrighton with a clever back hell, but his curling shot hit the bar.
Two minutes later Rodgers made his first change with Gray on for Pérez.
Everton were back in the contest with twenty minutes remaining.
Richarlison crossed from the right and Davies steered a superb side-footed volley into the bottom left hand corner.
City were on the back foot now and Calvert-Lewin sent a header over the bar.
Rodgers responded by bringing Söyüncü on for Albrighton to bolster the defence.
With five minutes remaining and the home side running out of time Choudhury replaced Praet.
City weren’t overstretched at this point, and still held their lead when the board for four minutes of time-added-on was held up. But by the time it was lowered, Everton had raised the roof with an equaliser. Baines pushed forward into space and then launched a superb shot into the top left hand corner.
Having lost a two goal lead City had to get themselves in the right frame of mind for a penalty shoot-out, and it didn’t get off to a good start.
Maddison’s spot-kick was too close to Pickford who made a fine save.
But Tosun was also guilty of not finding the corner and Schmeichel pounced on his effort.
Chilwell then coolly sent Pickford the wrong way to put City ahead.
Baines proved to be less effective from 12 yards than 25 with a carbon copy of Tosun’s which Schmeichel gleefully accepted.
Ricardo sent his bottom left to make it 2-0, before Holgate crashed his into the roof of the net.
Gray fired his to the right and Pickford was inches away from getting a touch.
Schmeichel gueesed right, but couldn’t keep Calvert-Lewin’s shot out.
Vardy stepped up with a chance to win the tie and made no mistake.

City were in their first cup semi-final in nineteen years and Brendan Rodgers had won his 29th consecutive cup tie.

The victorious City boss commented: “It’s about reframing the mind again when you concede so late on. We did our work yesterday on penalties. It’s brilliant for the players, for them to make the semi-finals. At the end of it, pull them in, recognise that we should have won it, but we haven’t and it’s gone. You can’t do anything about it now. So there’s no point getting too down. Now we’ve got to win it on penalties and the players showed a top mentality to do that.”

Aston Villa await in the semi-final, just as they did on that last occasion back in 2000.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Baines, Iwobi (Tosun 78), Davies, Holgate, Bernard (Kean 45), Richarlison (Gordon 84), Calvert-Lewin.
Substitutes: Tosun, Stekelenburg, Niasse, Martina, Adeniran. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 69), Praet (Choudhury 86), Maddison, Albrighton (Söyüncü 82), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Ward, Iheanacho, Barnes.

Referee:
Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 39,027.

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Late Iheanacho strike maintains winning run against Everton

Leicester City 2:1 Everton

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Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench and produced an inspired performance with an assist and a last-gasp goal that saw City overturn an Everton lead at the KPS on Sunday…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged starting XI for the sixth successive game for this Sunday evening kick off, while the pressure was heaped on Everton boss Marco Silva, who appeared to be in a win or be sacked scenario.
Everton were sitting deep and City’s early attempts to create something were frustrated. Then Everton galloped forward on the break and Sidibe fired a shot over the bar.
Pérez was looking lively for City and sent one shot straight at Pickford and another a yard past the far post.
Pérez was then blocked by Keane as he attempted to get past him, but VAR rightly ruled no penalty.
City were stifled by a determined-looking Everton side and didn’t look to be quite on their game. And it was the visitors who took a 23rd minute lead. Iwobi fed Sidibé down the right and he crossed early for Richarlison to bullet a header past Schmeichel from eight yards.
City were still struggling to get moves going, with passes going astray, and when the next chance came it summed up the first half hour. Vardy’s attempted overhead kick from a Chilwell cross was nearer the scoreboard than the goal.
In the 33rd minute City were appealing for one penalty after another. Vardy appeared to have been brought down by Mina’s trailing leg and then Chilwell was caught while hurdling a Holgate challenge. Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot, but then stuck his finger in his ear for a while and VAR decided that neither was worthy of a spot-kick.

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City pushed forward but Everton were defending doggedly and in numbers and they reached the break with their lead intact.

City continued to misfire after the break, with even Söyüncü giving the ball away a couple of times. Everton had a good spell and earned two corners, the first a saw a Keane header that Schmeichel saved and the second was nodded over by Calvert-Lewin.
In the 54th minute Pereira went on a surging run into the area and unleashed a fierce shot that Pickford did well to block.
At the other end Holgate got in on the right and fired a shot from close range that was blocked by Söyüncü.
In the 62nd minute Brendan Rodgers replaced Pérez with Iheanacho, for his first Premier League appearance of the season.
He looked an improved player immediately, combining well with Ndidi and firing a shot straight at Pickford. Then, in the 68th minute, he claimed an assist as City levelled.

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Ndidi charged down the middle and fed Iheanacho down the right. He delivered a low ball across goal and Vardy was waiting to pounce at the far post.
Vardy had now scored in six consecutive games.
Everton were still threatening on the their breaks forward, but City looked more on their game now as they sought a winner.
An audacious flick from Barnes sent Vardy down the right and his cross was met on the volley by Maddison but went straight at Pickford.
Then a chip into the area by Tielemans saw Vardy sending a header an inch over the bar.
At the other end, Kean almost caught Schmeichel out with a speculative shot but it hit the side-netting.
Albrighton came on for Barnes with nine minutes to go and time running out.
Tilemans sent a long range effort narrowly wide of the left hand post as City continued to press.
Everton were in full time-wasting mode now, as they attempted to kill the game with pink shirts dropping to the ground and the trainer busy. But the point that Marco Silva was so desperate for was not to be in a dramatic end to the game.
In the fourth minute of time-added-on Tielemans sent Iheanacho in down the middle, he turned past Holgate and fired into the bottom left hand corner. His celebrations were halted by the offside flag, but a painfully long VAR check restored his goal and the roof was lifted off the KPS.

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City had not been at their best, and Everton were spirited opponents, but Brendan Rodgers’s side had found a new way to win.
It was a night of triumph for Iheanacho. He was signed from Manchester City in 2017, but he truly arrived at Leicester on a Sunday evening in 2019.

Brendan Rodgers summed up: “To come from behind demonstrates the quality and mindset of this team to keep going. In any good team you have to have that. The best teams have spirit. This is a team that is so strong together. Kelechi is a wonderful demonstration of someone who trains with a great attitude every day. They allow this team to develop to the level it has been at because they work hard in training.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Iheanacho 62), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton 82), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Choudhury, Praet.
Everton: Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Sidibé, Davies, Sigurdsson, Digne, Iwobi (Kean 78), Calvert-Lewin (Schneiderlin 78), Richarlison.
Substitutes: Baines, Tosun, Bernard, Gordon, Lössl.

Referee: Graham Scott. Attendance: 32,144.

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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.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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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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