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Leicester pay tribute to Vichai with a victory against Burnley

Leicester City 2:1 Burnley

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City came back from a goal down to beat Burnley at the KPS on Saturday, with a little help from VAR…

It was an emotional day with the club marking the first anniversary of Khun Vichai’s passing, and thousands gathered in Magazine Square for the walk to the ground.
Before the game there was a white scarf on every seat and they were held aloft during an impeccably observed minute’s silence.

Leicester City v Burnley FC - Premier League

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Pérez in for Praet, the Belgian having taken some time off due to a family bereavement.
City got off to a lively start, attacking the Kop end, and Hendrick was booked by Jon Moss in only the second minute as he cynically tripped Tielemans to prevent a break upfield.
But the game then settled into a pattern of City possession and Burnley defending in numbers.
For all City’s possession it was the visitors who went close in the 17th minute when a Westwood shot almost deflected to Wood but Schmeichel gathered safely.
A minute later City also went close, but Söyüncü directed his header a couple of yards wide from a corner.

Leicester City v Burnley FC - Premier League

A great move set up City for another chance in the 21st minute, Tielemans sending Ricardo down the right, whose cutback found Barnes. The youngster scuffed his effort, but the rebound fell for Maddsion, whose shot was guided round the post by Mee.
But it was the Clarets who took a 26th minute lead. A superb cross from McNeil on the right was met by the head of Wood, and Schmeichel couldn’t get enough of a touch to keep it out.
City were now faced with a Burnley side doggedly defending a lead. Tielemans forced a good save from Pope with a 20-yard effort and then Vardy broke clear down the left but fired his shot into the side-netting.
The breakthrough came in the last minute of the first half: Barnes made good progress down the left and delivered a fine cross onto Vardy’s head and he thumped it home from six yards. He then cupped his ear to the Burnley fans who had been giving him some stick about his wife’s Instagram spat.

Leicester City v Burnley FC - Premier League

City’s dominance of possession continued in the second half and they were camped on the edge of the area, but they were restricted to shooting from range by an organised Clarets’ back line. Maddison and Tielemans both sent efforts off target.
The 60th minute saw a rousing tribute to Vichai, with scarves held aloft again. Maddision had the chance to mark this with a goal, but sent his free kick into the wall.
In the 65th minute Pérez had a gilt-edged chance to get off the mark, but lifted his shot over the bar from a Ricardo cut-back. Two minutes later he was replaced by Gray.
And the substitute was involved as City took a 74th minute lead.
Gray crossed from the right, Barnes leapt over the ball leaving it for Tielemans who rifled it into the roof of the net.

Leicester City v Burnley FC - Premier League

After Wood had screwed a decent chance wide, Rodgers tightened things up at the back, replacing Barnes with Morgan.
With ten minutes remaining Burnley thought they had an equaliser before VAR came to City’s rescue. Wood got a touch to a cross from the right, and though Schmeichel blocked it, the ball bounced back off Wood and into the net. VAR brought an end to the Burnley celebrations, and replays showed that Wood had accidentally clipped the heels of Evans as he attempted to clear the ball off the line. It was harsh on Burnley, with Evans unlikely to clear, but he was definitely tripped.
It was now Burnley who were doing the attacking, with Pope coming up for a corner, but City managed to keep them out and seal a victory that saw them move temporarily up to second place.

Brendan Rodgers summed up an emotional afternoon:  “We were keen to make it a celebration. The supporters were incredible. We needed to tap into that emotion, we didn’t in the first half but we were much more aggressive after half-time. Today they made Vichai proud in fighting for the result.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 67), Tielemans, Maddison (Praet 73), Barnes (Morgan 79), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Albrighton, Ward, Choudhury.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, McNeil, Westwood, Hendrick,
Brady (Lennon 65), Wood, Rodriguez (Vydra 83).
Substitutes: Taylor, Gibson, Hart, Bardsley, Long.

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Attendance: 32,105.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester sweep Newcastle aside to regain third place

Leicester City 5:0 Newcastle United

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City thumped Newcastle 5-0 at rainswept KPS on Sunday, with the visitors reduced to ten men just before the break…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Praet in for the injured Maddison. United have won this fixture in the previous two seasons, but a repeat never looked likely as City overwhelmed them.
City’s first chance came in the second minute when Barnes crossed from the left but Dubravka smothered Pérez’s effort. An offside call looked very tight.
Newcastle went close in the 12th minute when Hayden hit a shot well wide, but Muto couldn’t sort his feet out to get a touch on it from 10 yards.
Pérez then lofted a cross to Tielemans at the far post and his volley was deflected into the side netting by Krafth. Tielemans raged at Craig Pawson when he awarded a goal kick.
But the frustration didn’t last long with City taking a 16th minute lead.
Ricardo picked up the ball in his own half, played a one two with Pérez, and surged through the open space towards goal. With no challenge forthcoming, he switched to his weaker left foot and guided a low shot inches inside the left hand post.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Two minutes later City almost went two up when Tielemans slotted a ball through to Chilwell, but the left-back’s shot from close in was blocked by Dubravka.
The 24th minute saw a booking for Vardy after he raced in to block a clearance from  Schar, leaving the defender floored and Vardy protesting his innocence.
A Barnes’ cross was punched by Dubravka as far as Praet, but his well-struck shot was blocked.
Newcastle then broke down the right through Schar, who opted to shoot from 40 yards having spotted Schmeichel out of his goal, but it drifted well wide.
With the game approaching half time City were in complete control, and United’s afternoon got worse when Hayden was shown a straight red for an awful challenge that caught Praet on the shin. It was difficult to see what he was protesting about as he took an age to leave the field.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

The final action of the half saw Barnes, still looking for his first goal at the KPS firing just over from the edge of the area.

Nine minutes into the second half City put the game to bed with a second goal.
Praet swept a ball out to Barnes on the left, and he lobbed it over Lascelles to Vardy, who beat Dubravka at his near post from an acute angle.
Three minutes later City went further ahead when Praet crossed from the right, and a deflection off Dummett sent the ball past Dubravka.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 58th minute, bringing on Albrighton for Barnes and he soon claimed an assist as City went 4-0 up in the 64th minute.
An elegant cross from Albrighton was nodded home from close in by Vardy.

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It was turning into a miserable afternoon for Newcastle, but all credit to their fans who never stopped singing.
City had almost complete possession at this stage, and Rodgers brought on Choudhury and Gray for Praet as City probed for a fifth goal.
It arrived in the 90th minute: Chilwell delivered a ball into the box, Evans nodded it on and Ndidi produced a fine shot on the turn that beat Dubravka from 15 yards.
It put the lid on a fine performance, the biggest ever Premier League win, and saw City regain third place.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

With many pundits beginning to think that Leicester are the real deal, Rodgers tried to play things down: “For us, we’re in a process of getting better and improving and today was a good measure of where we were at when we last played Newcastle, where we were disappointing here, we didn’t really know how to play and open up a team defensively. A few months on, the players have shown really good progress. There’s a lot of work to do. It’s a long season. The top two teams are at a really high level. Our job is to be as competitive as we can and see where it takes us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 84), Praet (Choudhury 79), Tielemans, Barnes (Albrighton 58), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Iheanacho.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Schär, Dummett, Hayden, Longstaff, Almirón (Yedlin 74), Muto (Ki Sung-yueng 45), Atsu, Joelinton (Carroll 63).
Substitutes: Saint-Maximin, Fernandez, Manquillo, Darlow.

Referee: Craig Pawson. Attendance: 32,168.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Vardy strikes twice as Leicester brush Bournemouth aside

Leicester City 3:1 AFC Bournemouth

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Jamie Vardy’s two goals and an assist ensured a comfortable win over Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium on Saturday…

Brendan Rogers made four changes to the side that beat Newcastle, with Chilwell, Ndidi, Albrighton and Evans in for Fuchs, Choudhury, Morgan and Pérez.
A lively start saw both teams looking to go forward, but it was City who took an eleventh minute lead. Chilwell played a long ball out of defence and Vardy eluded his markers to lob a perfect half-volley over the stranded Ramsdale.

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It was a great start for City, but their lead only lasted three minutes.
Fraser, advancing towards the penalty area, picked out Wilson’s clever diagonal run through City’s defence and he angled a low shot across Schmeichel for a neat finish.
City were dominant after the equaliser. Albrighton fired a shot wide when he should have set up Tielemans and then Maddison sent a header inches wide from an Albrighton cross.
Vardy hit a well struck shot straight at Ramsdale, and two minutes later caused the keeper a scare when he blocked his attempted clearance but the ball fell kindly for the keeper.
As City continued to press forward Söyüncü, having another fine game, shot narrowly wide. Albrighton then tried to put Vardy through but Cook intercepted. City were putting some good moves together but the final ball was letting them down.
However, they regained the lead four minutes before the break.
Vardy, out on the right, crashed his way through a challenge before flashing a ball across the face of goal, where Tielemans got a touch to restore City’s lead.

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After scrambling the ball away during a rare Cherries attack, they took their lead down the tunnel.

City continued to boss the game after the break, Maddison sending a long range effort narrowly wide of the left hand post.
Play was then held up for a VAR review after Tielemans attempted a turn, that saw him catch Wilson on the ankle. Though unintentional, it looked bad and there was a sigh of relief when the no red card decision was made.

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Brendan Rodgers made his first change in the 64th minute, bringing Gray on for Albrighton and he was involved in the move that saw Maddison pick out Barnes for a curling shot that was well saved by Ramsdale.
Bournemouth was still offering the occasional threat and Wilson burst into the area only to go down too easily under a challenge from Söyüncü, earning himself a yellow card for simulation.
Rodgers then tightened things up, bringing on Choudhury for Barnes.
A minute after this change, City extended their lead.
A one-two in the area between Vardy and Maddison was blocked but the loose ball fell  for Tielemans who prodded the ball through to Vardy who instinctively sidefooted home.
Solanke tested Schmeichel with a long range effort that the keeper did well to guide round the post, but Bournemouth looked a beaten side in the closing stages.
Fuchs replaced Maddison in the 86th minute, and City looked comfortable through 7 minutes of time added on.

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It was a fine performance from City, with Vardy running himself into the ground and claiming two goals and an assist, and it saw City unbeaten going into the international break and sitting in third place.

Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on his striker: “He was unplayable today, I have always said it. He is a dream to work with, a player that can make the difference in this league. To have that type of talisman up front, for a manager or a coach it’s amazing, not just in his goals, two goals, different types of goals and he has shown his qualities there, but look how hard he works. The intensity, how he sets the team off in the press, and his hunger. Everyone follows behind him.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 64), Tielemans, Maddison (Fuchs 86), Barnes (Choudhury 71), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Ward, Pérez, Praet.
Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith (Ibe 64), Mepham, Cook, Aké, H Wilson (Solanke 64), Billing, Lerma, Fraser, King (Surman 79), C Wilson.
Substitutes: Boruc, Stacey, Rico, Simpson.

Referee: Peter Bankes. Attendance: 31,613.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Barnes-stormer seals Leicester win at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United 1:2 Leicester City

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Substitute Harvey Barnes settled a tight game in City’s favour with a superb 70th minute strike at Bramall Lane on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his line-up, with Praet making his full debut in place of Ndidi, who had a hamstring injury. With Chilwell still unavailable Fuchs continued in his left back role.
The game kicked off in glorious sunshine and a raucous atmosphere, with Sheffield Wednesday fan Vardy’s every touch being booed.
City dealt with an early spell of pressure and Robinson fired over from a corner, but then the visitors began to press forward. Pérez pulled a ball back for Tielemans who fired well wide, before Maddison was fouled 30 yards out. Fuchs hit the free-kick through the wall and it was deflected narrowly wide, but referee Andy Madley awarded a goal kick.
Maddison then got a glancing header to a cross, but it drifted wide of the far post.
A Tielemans cross for Vardy was also nodded wide, while at the other end a 35 yard rising shot from Lundstram went two feet over the bar.
With the tide going United’s way again their overloading of the left flank led to a chance for Baldock, but his well struck volley went straight at Schmeichel.
Maddison was brought down for another free kick 30 yards out but delivered it straight into the wall.
With the game finely poised City took a 37th minute lead. Pérez won the ball on the halfway line and a superb ball from Maddison sent Vardy in down the left and he fired past Henderson before celebrating in front of the Kop, which reduced some Blades to a gibbering rage.
City took that lead in with them at the break.

City had an early chance in the second half when Vardy nodded a ball to Pérez at the far post, but the angle was just too tight.
Eight minutes into the second half Chris Wilder changed his front line, bringing on  McBurnie and Sharp, and with the home crowd fired up the Blades enjoyed a spell of pressure. This dominance led to a 61st minute equaliser when Baldock delivered a cross from the right and McBurnie rose above the City defence to direct a header past Schmechel.
A huge roar greeted this goal, but City dug in and regained control of play.
Barnes replaced Praet in the 64th minute and now it was City doing the attacking.
And it was Barnes who fired home a superb winner in the 70th minute. A Fuchs cross from the left was nodded back by Söyüncü and Barnes struck as sweet a half-volley as you could ever wish to see. It was in the net before Henderson could even move.
United pressed forward looking for another equaliser and it looked like it had come in the 75th minute when Lundstrum connected well from close range but Schmeichel reacted with a fantastic save, not diminished by the fact that the offside flag was up.
With City under pressure Rodgers brought on Morgan for Pérez to shore up the back line. The defence dealt with a series of corners and then Rodgers tightened up further with Mendy replacing Tielemans in the 88th minute.
The most nervy moment came in time added on when United won a free kick 22 yards out, but Choudhury stood firm in the wall to block the shot. After four additional minutes City had weathered the storm for their first win of the season.
There was still room for improvement, with Tielemans and Pérez yet to find form, but it has been a good start to the season underlined by third place in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Brendan Rodgers commented: “We needed to be ready to fight and show resilience and it was an important three points for us. We had to change the system in the last 25 minutes to cope with the balls coming into the box. It is a very young group but they are all focused and doing well for me. It was fantastic technique for Harvey’s goal and that kind of goal was worthy of being the winning goal.”

Sheff United: Henderson, Basham (Morrison 78), Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Freeman, Stevens, McGoldrick (McBurnie 54), Robinson (Sharp 54). 
Substitutes; Jagielka, Osborn, Moore, Besic.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Fuchs, Choudhury, Tielemans (Mendy 89), Praet (Barnes 64), Maddison, Vardy, Pérez (Morgan 78).
Substitutes: Justin, Gray, Albrighton, Ward.

Referee: Andy Madley. Attendance: 30,079.

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End of Term feel as Leicester and Chelsea reach stalemate

Leicester City 0:0 Chelsea

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Leicester and Chelsea failed to trouble the scoreboard in a low-key end to the season at the King Power Stadium on Sunday…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side, City’s only change being the first airing of next season’s Adidas kit, reverting back to white shorts.
It was a game played out in bright sunshine with City lacking their usual zip and Chelsea’s minds firmly on the Europa League Final.

Chelsea should have gone ahead in the 3rd minute when City’s defence were caught out by a Jorginho chip into the box that found Barkley unmarked, but Schmeichel stood up well and the shot clipped his shoulder.
Four minutes later Chelsea threatened again when  Zappacosta crossed from the right but Loftus-Cheek couldn’t get his header on target.
City’s first chance came in the 9th minute when a clearance fell for Choudhury on the edge of the area, but he volleyed over the bar.

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Chilwell was the next to try his luck but his 20 yarder went straight at Caballero.
City gradually got control of the game and, following a corner, Tielemans struck a long range effort but it went straight at Caballero again.
The Chelsea keeper didn’t have to move to collect the next effort either, a header from Vardy.
After a fairly uneventful first half both sides spurned gilt-edged chances in the final minute. Luiz slipped over to allow Vardy in down the left, but he opted to pass to Tielemans instead of shooting and there was too much weight on the ball. Tielemans shot from a tight angle at the far post was smothered by Caballero.
As play moved up the other end Willian fed Alonso, whose cross set up Higuain with a sitter from six yards but his attempted back heel went wrong and the ball trundled wide of the left hand post.

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City pressed forward early in the second half and a wayward ball sent Vardy haring down the left. As he shaped to shoot Azpilicueta gave him a sly nudge and all City got was a corner. The flag-kick was cleared as far as Tielemans, 30 yards out, and though he connected beautifully with a half-volley it went narrowly wide.
The game returned to its lacklustre pace. Barkley, in plenty of space, sent a shot well wide, while City were failing to create any chances.
There was a rousing rendition of ‘Vichai Had a Dream’ in the 61st minute, and then huge cheers when Brendan Rodgers made his first change, bringing on Okazaki for his farewell appearance in place of Ndidi.
Chelsea also made a change bringing on Hazard, who also received applause for his part in our title win.

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Ten minutes later Simpson also came on for his last appearance in a City shirt, replacing Albrighton for another warm reception.
In the 80th minute Chilwell went on a long run that ended with him cutting a ball back from the byline, but it evaded all the onrushing blue shirts.
With seven minutes remaining there was a scramble in the City area which saw Loftus-Cheek playing a ball to Hazard but he was flattened by Evans who thankfully also got the ball.
Barnes replaced Maddison for the final five minutes, and set up Tielemans for a shot that the Belgian fired well over the bar.

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The final whistle brought an end to a game lacking in incident, but the vast majority of the crowd remained in place for the lap of appreciation. There were special tributes for the departing Immortals Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki, while Top led the lap of the pitch to huge applause.
City finished the season in 9th place which, considering everything, wasn’t too bad at all.
Brendan Rodgers was already thinking about next season: “We beat Arsenal, played well against Manchester City and got a point today. People thought we would not get any points from the last three games. It’s been a nice induction into the club – the players have been good, the supporters. We’ll now add that bit of depth to the squad.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Okazaki 66), Albrighton (Simpson 76), Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison (Barnes 84), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Gray, Iheanacho, Ward.
Chelsea: Caballero, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso, Barkley (Kovacic 76), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Higuaín (Giroud 84), Willian (Hazard 69).
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Emerson, Guehi.

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 32,140.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Arsenal outclassed by rampant Leicester

Leicester City 3:0 Arsenal

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City produced a fine performance against an Arsenal side reduced to ten men at the KPS on Sunday, with an opener from Tielemans and two Vardy strikes sealing a 3-0 win…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side for this noon kick off, with Choudhury brought in to bolster the midfield and Gray dropped.
City looked the better side right from the start, and won a free-kick when Mustafi brought down Maddison 30 yards out . Maddison delivered the ball to Ndidi in space but he made a hash of his shot.
Four minutes later another free-kick, chipped in by Chilwell was met with a diving header from Evans, but it went straight at Leno.
A sign of how stretched Arsenal were came in the 7th minute when Maitland-Niles was booked for halting a City break by tripping Chilwell.
A minute later Maddison had a shot deflected wide as City kept the pressure up.
Play was then held up while Torreira received treatment after some superb tackling from Choudhury that had had the crowd chanting his name.

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After some good work from Chilwell the ball sat up nicely for Tielemans, but he shanked his half-volley well wide.
After Ndidi was booked for a foul on Xhaka, City went close again but Tielemans effort was blocked by the advancing Leno.
It was all City at this stage, with the screens showing 82% possession, and Choudhury set up Maddison for a 20 yard shot that went inches wide of the left-hand post.
Arsenal then had their first chance of the game in the 22nd minute when Iwobi raced down the left and crossed for Lacazette, whose attempted volley went well wide.
Vardy then sent Maddison through but he opted to shoot with Albrighton in acres of space and screwed a low shot wide.
Maddison’s next shot was on target, but tipped away by Leno as the chances mounted.
From the resulting corner Ndidi nipped in front of Sokratis to head goalwards, but Leno again rescued Arsenal with a fine save.
The 31st minute saw yet another City chance when Albrighton floated a ball over the Gunners defence for Vardy who lobbed Leno but also cleared the bar by a couple of yards.
Arsenal attacks were rare, but dangerous, and in the 35th minute Aubameyang played in Iwobi one on one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper managed to block a weak shot.
A minute later Arsenal were reduced to ten men when Maitland-Niles fouled Maddison and Michael Oliver showed him his second yellow, followed by a red. A furious Arsenal bench thought Maddison had made too much of it.
The final chance of the half fell for Vardy, whose fierce shot was denied by Leno, who got down smartly to block at his near post.
City had been totally dominant against eleven men, and with Arsenal down to ten, the second half promised much.

Brendan Rodgers upped the attacking intent for the second half, bringing on Barnes for Ndidi and the one-way traffic towards Arsenal’s goal continued. Barnes had the measure of Mustafi down the left, cutting in and attempting a near post shot that didn’t catch Leno out. City were getting plenty of crosses in from both flanks but the Gunners defence were dealing with them and it looked like it could be another frustrating afternoon for while.
But City made the breakthrough in the 59th minute. Maddison swung a precise ball into the area, perfectly meeting Tielemans run and the Belgian directed a header home giving Leno no chance.
“SIGN HIM UP!” was the chant around the ground.

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City continued to press forward and Sokratis was booked for a foul on Maddison, 25 yards out. Michael Oliver had to have a word with Unai Emery, who was in a gibbering rage, before Tielemans fired his free-kick into the wall.
Tempers were beginning to fray with Chilwell booked for fouling Sokratis as he threatened to break upfield and then Torreira screaming for a penalty, claiming he had been elbowed by Evans.
Tielemans then strode forward and unleashed a 25-yarder that went inches wide of the post as City looked to extend their lead. The overworked Leno made two fine saves in three seconds flying across goal to bat away shots from Ricardo and then Barnes, before Choudhury’s low shot went straight into his arms.
Play was held up after Mustafi and Chilwell clashed heads, before Brendan Rodgers brought Mendy on for Choudhury in the 79th minute. The youngster received a standing ovation for a fine afternoon’s work.
With Arsenal winning a few corners and beginning to show signs of life, City put the game to bed in the 86th minute. The coaching manual was thrown out of the window for the most direct of goals. Schmeichel launched a huge kick forward and Vardy outmanoeuvred Koscielny and Mustafi, to find himself one on one with Leno. His lob over the keeper hit the crossbar but fell nicely for him to nod home past Leno’s despairing challenge.

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City continued to press forward in the five minutes time added on, and Vardy slipped a ball through to Barnes who sent his shot too close to Leno.
In the dying seconds of the game City struck again for a scoreline that reflected the game. Good work from Ricardo down the right saw him square a ball across the face of goal for an unmarked Vardy to notch his 9th goal in eight games.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

It put the lid on a superb City performance, moving them up to 8th place, as Arsenal registered their lowest ever possession stats for a Premier League game.

Brendan Rodgers commented: “It was a very good performance. We didn’t waste any time today. We showed we are a good side. I thought 11 vs 11, we were the better side. When it went to 11 vs 10, we were asked a question: could we handle the extra man? Could we find a game that we understand how to play against 10 men? The players responded to that magnificently.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Barnes 45), Albrighton (Gray 86), Tielemans, Choudhury (Mendy 79), Maddison, Vardy.
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs.
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan (Guendouzi 73), Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi (Koscielny 45), Aubameyang, Lacazette (Nketiah 79).
Substitutes:Cech, Elneny, Mavropanos, Willock.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 32,037.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Stylish Leicester add to Terriers Woes

Huddersfield Town 1:4 Leicester City

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

City won their fourth consecutive Premier League game with fine 4-1 win against relegated Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Söyüncü in for the injured Evans, while Maguire was allowed some paternity leave.
City got off to a slow start, but for Barnes causing Town problems down the left, but their first chance arrived in the 18th minute. Söyüncü drove forward out of defence and fed Barnes, whose cross was blocked by Hamer. The rebound sat up for Maddison to shoot from close range but Hamer stopped it with his face.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

With City getting into their stride Hogg was booked for pulling Maddison back, and then Gray forced a save from Hamer with a long range effort.
And they took a 24th minute lead leading from a corner. Maddison played the flag-kick to Vardy who didn’t connect properly, Morgan got a touch back to Tielemans who sent a dipping shot past a deceived Hamer from 22 yards.
Two minutes later City almost doubled their lead when Vardy wriggled through two challenges in the area but had the ball nipped away from him as he pulled the trigger. The loose ball fell for Gray who sent a hurried shot over the bar.
Maddison then broke clear on goal but Stankovic denied him with a last-ditch challenge.
The Terriers had a rare chance in the 33rd minute when Grant was tackled by Morgan,  but Schmeichel had raced off his line and Pritchard attempted a lob into the empty goal.
Söyüncü recovered his ground well to head it way, applying a safety first attitude as it looked to be drifting just wide.
City had a couple more chances to increase their lead before the break, Tielemans testing Hamer with a 30 yarder, and Gray shooting at the keeper’s legs when he should have squared to a team-mate after a City break upfield.

Town threatened early in the second half when half time substitute Mbenza swung in a fine cross from the right, and Grant got a toe to it from six yards, but Schmeichel reacted brilliantly to parry it away.
A minute later City went 2-0 up. Gray fed Ricardo down the right and his perfect cross between keeper and defence found Vardy who swept it home at the far post.
His sixth in the six games since Claude Puel departed.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

Any thoughts that the game was over were dispelled just three minutes later, when Huddersfield pulled a goal back in controversial circumstances. Söyüncü slipped on the turf as he was gathering a pass from Ndidi, he recovered to challenge Grant and appeared to have won the ball but referee David Coote pointed to the spot. Mooy sent Town’s first penalty of the season down the middle, with Schmeichel diving to his right.
City went close to restoring their two goal lead three minutes later. Barnes burst into the area and a clever back-heel set up Maddison for a shot on the turn, but Hamer’s finger-tips guided it inches wide of  the far post.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change on the hour, bringing Okazaki on for Barnes.
Town were desperate to give their fans something to cheer about and had a decent spell, but substitute Mounie saw a fierce shot tipped away by Schmeichel.
City put the game beyond Town in the 78th minute with another superb Maddison free-kick. Vardy was hauled over by Hogg 25 yards out. Maddison delivered this one into the opposite corner to the one he scored at Burnley, catching Hamer out with a superb strike.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

City got their fourth from the spot in the 84th minute. Great work from Maddison sent Vardy in on goal, but after he had rounded Hamer and shaped to score Kongolo ploughed into the back of him and there could be no argument.
Though Hamer did well to get a hand to Vardy’s spot kick he couldn’t keep it out.
This goal saw Vardy draw level with Gary Lineker in the club’s all-time goalscoring chart.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

The league table doesn’t lie where Huddersfield are concerned, and it wasn’t quite a great performance from City, but it was another enjoyable afternoon under Brendan Rodgers from a youthful side that suggests a very bright future.

Rodgers singled out Söyüncü for special praise: “A special mention today to Cags, our centre half. He was only told this morning he was playing and that is testament to him.
I thought his performance, apart from a loose pass at the end when he was tired, was outstanding having not played for five months. He was very good and it was a very good team performance and to score four goals in the Premier League is never easy. They played very well and deserved the win.”

Huddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Hogg (Bacuna 81), Stankovic (Mbenza 45), Löwe, Pritchard (Mounie 60), Grant.
Substitutes: Kachunga, Coleman, Williams, Hadergjonaj.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi (Choudhury 87), Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 61), Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Mendy, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 24,126.

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