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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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Blades blunted as Leicester reach the quarter-finals

Leicester City 1:0 Sheffield United

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A Jamie Vardy header in the 66th minute ended Sheffield United’s resistance at the King Power Stadium on Friday night, as City progressed to the FA Cup quarter-final stage…

Claude Puel sent out something close to a full-strength side for this tie, with Morgan restored to the heart of the defence after an eight game absence.
Riyad Mahrez’s first home appearance since he went AWOL saw mostly cheers, with the odd bit of booing.
United looked well-drilled at the back and let City have plenty of early possession, but there were few chances created.
Vardy had a shot blocked and Gray sent an effort well high and wide, before the first proper chance came in the 16th minute. Gray went on a good run down the middle before slipping a ball left to Vardy, who sent a low shot a foot wide of the far post.
Chilwell then cut in from the left and set up Ndidi for a long range shot that was too close to Blackman to trouble him.
United came more into the game and had a chance of their own. A cross from the right was headed out by Simpson, but deflected off Maguire and sat up nicely for Stevens to shoot from 8 yards out, but Maguire managed to throw himself in the way and block the effort brilliantly.

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At the other end Mahrez prodded a ball through for Vardy to run onto but the impressive Blackman swiftly narrowed to angled to save.
Half-time arrived without City finding a way through United’s defence, and the Blades only chance had been the closest call.

The low-key end to the first half continued after the break, with United enjoying more possession,  but little going on at either end. A neat turn from Gray sent Mahrez in but his shot was blocked.

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But City eventually found a way through in the 66th minute and it was Mahrez who created the chance out of virtually nothing with the pass of the game.
Faced with two defenders down the right he checked back, had a look up, and spotted Vardy, lurking with intent at the far post. He delivered a perfect ball for Vardy to send a looping header over Blackman and into the net.

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Gray went close with a low shot, but Blackman got a touch to send it round the post, before Baldock’s low side-footed shot saw Schmeichel get down smartly to save.
Moments later a Chilwell cross was nodded back by Mahrez for Vardy to net, but the celebrations were halted by an offside flag.
In the 84th minute Claude Puel brought Albrighton on for Vardy, looking to close the game out, and there were no moments of drama in the final stages.

City had reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012, and were 90 minutes away from a Wembley appearance.

Puel commented on the architect of City’s goal:  “The most important thing in the game was the fans supported Riyad, and when I replaced him it was a good feeling with the fans. It’s important to stay united about this. The situation is behind us, it’s important to look forward. Now we have two home games in the Premier League and it’s important to get the support of the fans.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Gray, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez (James 90), Iheanacho, Vardy (Albrighton 84).
Substitutes: Hamer, Silva, Dragovic, Fuchs, Diabaté.
Sheff Utd: Blackman, Basham, Wright (Evans 76), O’Connell, Baldock, Carruthers (Duffy 76), Lundstram, Lafferty, Stevens, Donaldson, Wilson (Brooks 45)
Substitutes: Sharp, Stearman, Heneghan, Eastwood.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 28,336.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Diabaté double as Leicester sweep Posh aside

Peterborough United 1:5 Leicester City

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Debutant Fousseni Diabate and Kelechi Iheanacho scored two goals apiece as City eased their way past Peterborough for an FA Cup fifth round place at London Road on Saturday…

Claude Puel made ten changes to his side, but this included the return of Simpson and Fuchs to the full back positions, and Silva and Iborra in midfield, so it was still a strong-looking line-up. And it quickly proved to be too much for Posh to handle as the game kicked off in swirling rain.
City were in control from early on, and took a 9th minute lead. Silva fed a ball into the area and Diabate motored past two defenders before poking the ball across Bond and in at the far post.
Three minutes later the large travelling support was celebrating again as City went further ahead. Iheanacho seized on a misplaced pass from Forrester, strode forward and curled a precise 18-yard curler just inside the left hand post.
City’s dominance continued and they extended the lead to 3-0 in the 29th minute with a superb goal. Fuchs swung in a perfect cross from the left and Iheanacho met it on the volley from 8 yards.
With the game surely beyond their reach, Posh had an attacking spell just before the break. Their best chance came when Da Silva Lopes crossed from the right, Marriott got his head to it, and Lloyd attempted to reach the ball at the far post, but succeeded only in crashing neck-first into the woodwork.

Whatever Peterborough boss Grant McCann said to his team at half time, it worked, and they started the second half with much more attacking intent. The home crowd, largely silent in the first half, also came to life, and City had some defending to do.
In the 58th minute City’s defence was breached for the first time in 2018 as Posh pulled a goal back. A corner from the right saw Taylor winning a challenge with Benalouane, and the ball dropped for Hughes who hit a shot on the turn that deflected past Hamer.
With Posh now fired up and in search of a second goal Claude Puel made a couple of changes, bringing Albrighton and Ndidi on for Iborra and Barnes.
This restored City’s control of the game almost immediately, Diabate forced a good save from Bond and Gray had a shot deflected wide. Then Gray sent a shot straight at Bond before Albrighton blasted one narrowly over the bar.
A few more pot shots followed, before City added a fourth in the 87th minute.
Gray ran 30 yards down the middle before firing a low shot that Bond parried away, but only into the path of Diabate, who finished well from a tight angle.
Peterborough had the ball in the net in the 90th minute with a good strike from Marias, but the linesman’s flag denied them that consolation.
City made it 5-1 in the final action of the game. Diabate rounded off a hugely impressive debut, zipping past two markers on the right and cutting a ball back for Ndidi to net from 12 yards.

Claude Puel commented on his much-changed line-up: “It was important to give them game time so they could show their quality for the future, I think all these young players will become the future of Leicester. I am responsible. I think it is important to keep ambition in the club because this is an objective for us, but we need to improve the squad and give them strength by using all the players, all the talented young players. Sometimes there is a risk. It is important to give all the squad strength. If we cannot give game time to young players they cannot take confidence, they cannot improve and they cannot progress.”

Peterborough: Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Forrester, Grant, Maddison (Borg 89), Da Silva Lopes (Morias 61), Lloyd-McGoldrick (Kanu 80), Marriott.
Substitutes: Baldwin, Penny, Doughty, O’Malley.
Leicester: Hamer, Simpson, Benalouane, Maguire, Fuchs, Silva, Iborra (Albrighton 65), Diabaté, Barnes (Ndidi 64), Gray, Iheanacho (Chilwell 80).
Substitutes: Huth, Vardy, Jakupovic, Mahrez.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 13,193.

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Iheanacho seals FA Cup win with historic VAR goal

Leicester City 2:0 Fleetwood Town

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Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice to ease Leicester past Fleetwood in the FA Cup Third Round replay on Tuesday night, his second strike making history as the first ‘VAR goal’ in English football…

Having been matched by Fleetwood ten days previously, Claude Puel fielded a slightly stronger side, with Iborra and Silva partnered in midfield, Mahrez made captain, and Vardy on the bench.
On a cold night, the KPS was just over half full, with the East Stand closed.
After an attacking spell for the League One side right from the kick-off, City then got a grip on the game and had a huge share of the possession. But they struggled to create chances against a deep-lying and dogged Fleetwood defence.
It was Fleetwood who looked more threatening on their occasional breaks upfield,  Hiwula went down in the area under a challenge from Amartey but appeals weren’t considered for VAR, and then McAleny sent a shot straight at Jakupovic.
Two minutes later McAleny forced a good save from Jakupovic as Fleetwood again caught City on the break.
City went close in the 33rd minute when Mahrez curled a 25 yard free-kick inches wide of the left hand post.
Benalouane then put in a heavy challenge on Hiwula near the technical area and was lucky only to see a yellow.
Another Fleetwood charge upfield then saw Dempsey firing off a shot that looked to be dipping under the bar before Jakupovic tipped it over.
But, two minutes before the break this tie finally offered up a goal.
A clever ball from Slimani sent Iheanacho through and his composed finish beat Neal to put City ahead with their first shot on target.

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There were no changes for either side for the second half and City should have doubled their lead after four minutes. Iheanacho teed up Slimani, but his first time effort skewed wide from close in.
Soon after this Slimani was substituted for Albrighton, and didn’t look too happy about it.
City had the ball in the net in the 63rd minute when Mahrez played Gray down the right and he cut back for Iheanacho to finish, but the ball had gone over the goal-line before Gray reached it. Although Jon Moss had his finger to his ear, VAR intervention was not necessary.
Another ‘earpiece moment’ followed when Iborra protested that he had been held back in the area while trying to reach an Albrighton free-kick, but again play continued without outside interference.
However, we finally saw VAR kick-in in the 77th minute.
Mahrez slipped a ball through to Iheanacho, who dinked the ball over Neal for a fine finish, but celebrations were halted by the linesman’s flag for offside.
It looked very close and we had a long delay while Jon Moss had a chat with the VAR.

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With the tension building, Moss eventually picked the ball up and headed for the halfway line – goal. The delayed celebrations felt a bit bizarre and we had witnessed a piece of football history. And perhaps another step towards robots taking over the world.

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Fleetwood were beaten now, and the remainder of the game saw City enjoying possession. Puel brought on Vardy and Okazaki for Iheanacho and Mahrez, but City couldn’t add to the scoreline.
Peterborough await in the 4th round, and hopefully a strong City line-up will be able to do the job at the time of asking.

Claude Puel was happy with Iheanacho’s performance: “Kelechi showed a good attitude, worked hard for his teammates and got between the lines. His first goal showed a lot of quality and the second was a fantastic move between him and Mahrez.”

Leicester: Jakupovic, Amartey, Dragovic, Benalouane, Fuchs, Mahrez (Vardy 81), Silva, Iborra, Gray, Iheanacho (Okazaki 81), Slimani (Albrighton 56).
Substitutes: Hamer, Maguire, Ndidi, Barnes.
Fleetwood: Neal, Jones, Pond, Bolger, Bell, Hunter, Glendon, Schwabl (Grant 72), Dempsey, McAleny (Burns 65), Hiwula-Mayifuila (Cole 65).
Substitutes: Coyle, Cairns, Sowerby, Cargill.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 17,237.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester into the 5th round after finally seeing off Rams

Leicester City 3:1 Derby County aet

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City managed a morale boosting victory against Derby in this FA Cup 4th round replay at the KPS on Wednesday night, although the Championship side took the tie to extra time…

Claudio Ranieri made ten changes to his side, and Steve McClaren eight, showing that neither club considered the FA Cup a priority, but they eventually served up a highly entertaining game.
The first half did little to warm an admirably large crowd on a freezing night.
In the early exchanges, Gray crossed for Amartey to nod over the bar, and Anya skinned Wasilewski down the left but his cross was too high for Blackman.
Johnson then put Zieler under pressure from a high ball, but it bounced off the Derby man for a goal kick.
The game settled into a stalemate for a while, with City looking to hit the Rams on the break and Gray sent Musa into the area where he was bundled over by Shackell. There were loud appeals, but it didn’t quite look like a penalty.
City began to get the upper hand towards the break as an unfamiliar line-up got better acquainted. Gray was having a fine game and his low cross from the right following a great run, should have seen Musa sidefoot City ahead from close range, but he was slow to react.
There were more loud calls for a penalty five minutes before the break, when Chelwell was shoved in the back by Keogh, but referee Mike Jones waved play on again.
Derby had the final word in the first half with Butterfield forcing a save from Zieler, but De Sart wasted a good chance from the resulting corner, sending a mis-hit shot spinnng into the Kop Stand.

The deadlock was broken a minute after the break. Gray delivered a superb cross from the left, Albrighton nodded it back from just beyond the far post, and King headed home from point blank range. It was the lift that City needed and was greeted with a huge roar.
Derby were then awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after a ball-winning challenge on Blackman by the impressive Benalouane, but Camara’s free kick was punched away by Zieler.
Five minutes later the visitors were awarded another free kick in a similar position when Albrighton was judged to have waved his foot too close to Butterfield’s head.
This time Camara’s shot looked to be covered by Zieler, but a big deflection off Chilwell in the wall left the German keeper stranded and the Rams were back in the game, to the delight of their large following.
Both sides were keen to avoid extra time and the action was end to end for a while.
Ranieri brought Mahrez on for Kapustka, who’d had a decent debut, while Nugent was given a good reception by the home crowd when he replaced Blackman.
With six minutes remaining, the ref got another big decision wrong. Musa raced after a ball down the right and Mitchell came out to meet him. Musa got to the ball first but his touch was clearly handled by the Rams keeper outside the area. It should have been a red card, but instead it was Musa who was shown yellow for his outraged reaction.
City were attacking in waves now, and there was another scare for Derby with a minute to go when Musa’s cross from the left was chested against the right hand post by Lowe as he attempted to shepherd the ball out for a corner.

Derby survived City’s late attacking spell, but fell behind four minutes into extra time in spectacular fashion. Mahrez threaded a fine ball through to substitute Ndidi, who strode down the middle before unleashing a 25 yard rocket in off the right hand post for his first goal for the club.
The other 90th minute sub didn’t fare so well soon afterwards, when Gray’s low cross saw Slimani unbalanced and unable to take the tap in that had been presented to him.
Derby were still battling and Russell headed narrowly wide from a Christie cross, but City were controlling the play and seeing plenty of the ball. King forced a good save from Mitchell who tipped his top corner effort round the post.
With 114 minutes on the clock, City finally settled this epic cup tie with a superb goal. Gray cut in from the left flank into the area, and wriggled past Keogh and Vydra before despatching the ball across Mitchell into the top right hand corner.
There was no way back for Derby, and City had a date with Millwall in the fifth round after a night that had lifted the mood around the club.

Claudio Ranieri’s gamble had paid off: “Derby played good football and we won. This is what we needed and I wanted. We want to do well in all competitions. We want to go forward in the FA Cup. The Premier League is not so good but we have to stay in the Premier League. This fresh air is good for the players.”

Leicester: Zieler, Amartey, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Mendy (Ndidi 90), King, Albrighton, Kapustka (Mahrez 81), Gray, Musa (Slimani 90). Subs Not Used: Drinkwater, Hamer, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Derby: Mitchell, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Lowe, de Sart, Butterfield, Johnson (Vydra 53), Camara (Russell 74), Blackman (Nugent 82), Anya. Subs Not Used: Carson, Ince, Baird, Pearce.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 31, 648.

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Late Morgan goal keeps Leicester in the Cup

Derby County 2:2 Leicester City

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A late equaliser from Wes Morgan forced a 4th round replay for City in a entertaining 2-2 draw at Pride Park on Friday night…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes for this East Midlands derby with Ndidi, Mendy and Gray making way for Chilwell, King and Albrighton.
After a lively opening at a cold and rainswept Pride Park, City were gifted an 8th minute lead. Huth met an Albrighton corner with his head, the ball deflected off Baird to Bent guarding the goal line. It looked like a straightforward clearance, but Bent took a wild swipe at the ball and sliced it into his own net. The City players celebrated amongst themselves as Bent stood and scratched his head.

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But the Championship side responded well to this setback and Bent made amends at the other end in the 21st minute, rising above Chilwell to meet a Hughes cross with a glancing header that left Schmeichel grasping thin air.
City almost regained the lead instantly when Okazaki charged forward and struck a fierce shot from just outside the area that Carson did well to tip over.
Although Vardy also had a shot deflected wide, the Rams were the better side up to half time and delighted the home support, taking a 40th minute lead.
A header out of defence from Simpson fell for Bryson who easily carved his way through the City defence before slotting a low shot across Schmeichel and into the bottom right hand corner.

Claudio Ranieri introduced Gray for Fuchs in the second half and a more positive line-up saw the Champions dictating the play.
An Albrighton chip from the right was headed goalwards by Okazaki, but a deflection off Keogh’s arm took it wide of the post.
Moments later another Albrighton cross from the right was punched out by Carson to Gray, but his shot from 7 yards went straight into the body of the Rams keeper.

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Okazki then went on a run down the right, finding Vardy on the edge of the area who in turn teed up Gray for a low shot that thumped against the right hand post. The rebound fell for Okazaki whose shot was blocked by Johnson, returning to the Japan international, but his second shot went straight at Carson.
A rare chance came for Derby on the hour when Baird launched a ball to the far post, but but Russell’s header found the side-netting from a tight angle.
Mahrez, on for Okazaki, then caught out the Derby defence with a quick throw to Drinkwater, who crossed for Vardy to connect well with a header, but the orange shirt of Carson was attracting the ball like a magnet and he didn’t have to move to save it.
Musa, on for Albrighton fired a shot wide and it looked as though time was running out for City, who were struggling to find a way past the Rams who had everyone behind the ball.
But they rescued the tie with four minutes remaining.
Gray’s well-delivered corner from the left saw Morgan outwit his marker to direct a header past Carson from six yards out.

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5,400 City fans were still celebrating that goal when there was a late scare at the other end. Camara jinked his way into the area and his attempted pass hit Huth on the thigh, the ball jumping up to hit his hand. Thankfully Mark Clattenburg waved play on, and both sides had to be content with a replay.

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Ranieri didn’t mind this extra burden on the fixture list: “It’s important for our confidence. I am very happy with our attitude and our character. When we show this character anything can happen.”

Derby: Carson, Bryson (Camara 87), Keogh, Russell (Vydra 84), Ince, Bent, Baird, Johnson, Pearce, Hughes (Butterfield 63), Olsson. Subs Not Used: Christie, Shackell, De Sart, Mitchell.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs (Gray 46), Albrighton (Musa 74), Drinkwater, King, Chilwell, Okazaki (Mahrez 64), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Benalouane, Mendy, Ndidi 
Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 25,079.

 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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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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