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Leicester back on track with a 4-1 win against West Ham

Leicester City 4:1 West Ham United

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Despite losing Vardy and Mendy to injury in the first half, City produced a fine display to thrash West Ham at the KPS on Wednesday evening…

Brendan Rodgers made two changes to his side with Chilwell and Tielemans in for Fuchs and Praet and they immediately looked better than in recent showings with West Ham barely able to get over the halfway line in the first ten minutes.
City had an early chance when Barnes and Vardy combined well in the area but Vardy had to dig his chance out from under his feet and sent his shot straight at Randolph.
West Ham, on 16% possession, had their first chance in the 15th minute when Schmeichel flapped at a corner but Cresswell sent his header over the bar.
City’s managed to make their dominance pay in the 24th minute. Barnes played Ricardo in on the right and his low cross-cum-shot was diverted home by Barnes from a yard out. There were subdued celebrations with the players looking at the linesman but, after a wait, VAR gave us permission to jump up and down. But the moment was gone.
In the 33rd minute Mendy went down with a knee injury and Rodgers had to bring Ndidi into action a little earlier than planned. Just two weeks after knee surgery he was roared onto the field.
West Ham still seemed reluctant to go forward and City passed around them without creating any chances.
Rodgers then had to make a second change two minutes before the break. After a vigorous clearance Vardy went down clutching the back of his thigh and a hush descended on the ground. After trying to carry on he had to admit defeat and was replaced by Iheanacho.
Any concerns where City’s goals would come from now were answered in the third minute of injury time. Barnes cut in from the left and threaded a perfect ball through a crowded area for Ricardo to blast home from 15 yards.

With Antonio and Fornals on for the second half, West Ham looked more like it, and Antonio muscled his way through the defence but sliced a shot wide seconds after the restart.
Then they were given a way back into the game with a penalty in the 47th minute, Ndidi needlessly making contact with Haller as he was making his way out of the area. Schmeichel was booked for protesting and was then beaten from the spot by Noble.
West Ham were back in the game now and a goalmouth scramble saw a back-heel from Antonio blocked by Schmeichel.
A couple of corners then led to Ogbonna heading over from a good position.
But City regained control of the game after a good spell for the visitors. Ricardo set up Pérez for a shot that was beaten away by Randolph. Then Maddison sent a dipping 25-yarder towards the top right hand corner but Randolph denied him with a fine save.
Although West Ham were threatening on the break, City went further ahead in the 81st minute. The lively Iheanacho burst into the area and Ogbonna brought him down as he bore down on goal. Pérez emphatically crashed the spot kick home in a manner that suggested he should get the job full time.
West Ham looked beaten now and Chilwell connected beautifully with a shot forcing another good block from Randolph.
But the West Ham keeper could do nothing about City fourth goal two minutes from time. Pérez played a one-two with Iheanacho in the area before sending a precise shot into the far corner.

Although West Ham had been poor for an hour of this game it felt like Leicester were back and Rodgers was delighted: “I think that the tempo in the team tonight was very, very good. Against Burnley we started to come back a bit but tonight we were outstanding. Dynamic. We were fast in our game, the passing was quick, we looked to dominate the ball and play with that authority. That’s how we’ve been for most of the season, with that personality.”

The news regarding Jamie Vardy was also good, with his injury not thought to be a hamstring issue.
City’s Premier League position was looking good, now for the cups…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Mendy (Ndidi 34), Pérez, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Morgan 83), Vardy (Iheanacho 43).
Substitutes: Justin, Gray, Albrighton, Ward.
West Ham: Randolph, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku (Antonio 45), Snodgrass (Fornals 45), Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Haller.
Substitutes: Reid, Balbuena, Sánchez, Martin, Ajeti.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 31,968.

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Leicester succumb to superb Manchester City despite taking the lead

Manchester City 3:1 Leicester City

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Although City took a 22nd minute lead, they were eventually eased aside by an impressive Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday evening…

With Liverpool away on World Club Champions duty, City had a chance to reduce their lead at the top of the table.
Brendan Rodgers made three changes to the side that won at Everton with Söyüncü, Tielemans and Barnes in for Morgan, Praet and Albrighton, in a 4-1-4-1.
Man City pressed forward early on, and escaped when Tielemans gave the ball away in the area but Man City couldn’t capitalise. Then Gundogan sent a long range effort sailing way over the bar.
With City pinned in their own half De Bruyne sent Sterling in on goal but great work from Evans denied him a chance.
Man City went close in the 14th minute when Mahrez cut a ball back for De Bruyne, whose low swerving effort hit the outside of the right hand post. Three minutes later Mahrez beat Chilwell and set up Jesus for a prod from close range, but Schmeichel reacted well to get a hand to it.
City eventually managed to break out in the 20th minute when Tielemans provided a through ball for Vardy, but his cross for Barnes had too much weight and the chance was gone. But they didn’t have long to wait for a goal.
In the 22nd minute a lightning break up-field saw Barnes play a superb ball down the left to Vardy. Although it looked as though his touch had taken the ball too close to Ederson, Vardy’s pace allowed him to lob the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net.
Man City continued to press relentlessly forward and De Bruyne curled a cross to Sterling whose volley was blocked by Schmeichel’s leg.
But City’s breakaways were threatening with the home defence struggling to cope with Vardy’s pace. Maddison curled a ball forward with the outside of his foot and sent Vardy in on the left. With no support he had to shoot from a narrow angle, but sent his effort narrowly over.
Man City levelled on the half hour. Mahrez, giving Chilwell a torrid time, cut in from the right and hit a low shot which clipped Söyüncü, leaving Schmeichel completely wrong-footed.
As the one-way traffic continued Schmeichel saved well from De Bruyne as City looked to get to half time on level terms. But that wasn’t to be, with Mike Dean awarding the home side a very soft penalty in the 42nd minute. Sterling burst into the area from the left, trod on Ricardo’s foot and threw himself down. VAR didn’t help and Gundogan netted bottom right despite Schmeichel getting a fingertip to the ball.

The second half opened at a slower pace, with nothing much happening except for Ndidi getting booked for a foul on De Bruyne. The Belgian was in devastating form and shrugged off a Söyüncü challenge to set up Jesus for a chance that was scrambled away. Mike Dean saw a foul somewhere in there and De Bruyne was booked for his furious reaction.
City broke away in the 61st minute and Vardy whipped over a cross from the right for Barnes, who couldn’t divert it into the net before he was felled by Ederson.
Two minutes later a shaken Barnes was replaced by Albrighton.
Mendy then played a ball across City’s area for Mahrez, but his shot on the run was well saved by Schmeichel.
Gray replaced Pérez in the 68th minute, but it was game over a minute later when Man City went 3-1 up. A devastating run by De Bruyne saw him surge past Söyüncü on the right before sending a cross, signed, sealed and delivered for Jesus to tap in at the far post.
It was backs to the wall now. Mahrez had a shot blocked by a tender part of Söyüncü’s anatomy, before Schmeichel tipped a De Bruyne shot over.
Praet replaced a very subdued Tielemans with 13 minutes remaining.
Man City appeared to be content with the three points and passed the ball around for the remainder of the game, and City had lost their first game in ten Premier League matches.
Too many City players didn’t perform on the day, but it was a superb display from the Champions, with Mahrez and De Bruyne too much to handle on the day.

Brendan Rodgers commented: “I thought Man City were outstanding. We got a good start without playing well. An incredible finish by Vardy. There’s a lot of learning for us here. We’re still ahead of them so it shows how well we’ve done.”

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy, De Bruyne (Agüero 90), Gündogan (Rodri 79), Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling (Foden 89).
Substitutes: Bravo, Zinchenko, Cancelo, García.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Gray 68), Tielemans (Praet 77), Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton 64), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Iheanacho.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 54,415.

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Leicester’s winning run ended by chirpy Canaries

Leicester City 1:1 Norwich City

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City couldn’t extend their winning run to nine games at the KPS on Saturday, having to be content with a 1-1 draw against an impressive Norwich side…

Brendan Rodgers stuck with the line-up and formation he employed for the win at Villa, also naming an unchanged bench.
The game got off to a slow start in a subdued atmosphere, though Iheanacho carved out a chance for himself in the 5th minute, spinning round his marker and sending a 20 yard shot straight at Krul.
At the other end a Norwich corner found Tettey in space 15 yards out, but his fierce shot was blocked by Chilwell.
Ths visitors had a slice of fortune in the 14th minute when Tieleman’s low drive from 22 yards was fumbled onto the post by Krul. It then rebounded into the keeper’s arms before Vardy could pounce on the chance.
A minute later the Canaries were inches away from taking the lead when Aarons swung in a cross from the right that went in behind the defence but Pukki, sliding in at the far post, couldn’t get enough of a touch to divert it home.
This was a warning shot for City who had been unable to get their usual passing game together. Norwich were pressing hard and passing well and playing a much better game than their league position suggested.
It was no real surprise when they took a 26th minute lead, with something that looked like a typical Leicester goal. Buendia, in the centre circle, played a fine ball into the path of Pukki who outpaced Söyüncü and clipped a precise finish past Schmeichel and just inside the left hand post.
As City pressed forward in search of an equaliser tempers frayed in the 32nd minute.
Following a 50-50 challenge between Pukki and Ricardo both players were injured and Norwich kicked the ball out. However, from the restart Iheanacho opted to go on the attack rather than returning the ball and he was felled on the edge of the area.
As the grounded striker was surrounded by furious Norwich players Cantwell then grabbed him round the throat for good measure. VAR checked for a red card, but bottled it as usual.

Leicester City v Norwich City - Premier League

Maddison defused the situation against his former club and rolled the free kick out of play.
As the Canaries attacked again, Cantwell attempted a shot with the outside of his boot but it didn’t trouble Schmeichel.
City then levelled in the 38th minute. Maddison delivered a corner to the near post and Vardy skimmed a header across the face of goal. In his attempt to save, Krul managed to divert it into his own net so, sadly, it was credited as an own goal rather than Vardy’s for a ninth game running.
A minute after the goal Iheanacho was replaced by Gray, with Rodgers either protecting him after the incident or making a tactical change.
After five minutes of time-added-on the sides went in level at the break.

Brendan Rodgers made another change at half time with Barnes on for Praet.
City went close just three minutes into the second half. Maddison lofted a ball forward sending Vardy down the left channel. He brought the ball down superbly and skipped round Krul, but it was an acute angle and his attempted finish hit the outside of the post.

Leicester City v Norwich City - Premier League

Five minutes later a good passing move led to Chilwell crossing from the left, but Vardy’s side-footed volley was placed too close to Krul.
Although City were now dominating possession chances were rare.
Ndidi sent a header from a Maddison free-kick wide, and a overhead hooked effort from Vardy was saved by Krul. Maddison then saw his shot through a crowded area deflected narrowly wide.
Norwich were still a threat however, despite Pukki playing on with a broken toe.
In the 79th minute a ball over the top sent the Finnish striker in down the right, but this time Söyüncü kept pace with him and made a perfect challenge.
With four minutes remaining Pukki went through again, this time on the left, but Ricardo nipped the ball away from him as he shaped to shoot.

Leicester City v Norwich City - Premier League

It had been a frustrating afternoon, with things never falling for City, who looked out of sorts and didn’t get close to the performance levels that have seen them get 24 points from the last eight games. Norwich are fighting for their Premier League place and picked up five bookings to prove it, as well as playing some very good football.

But Brendan Rodgers was philosophical: “It just looked like one of those games. It’s a point and we need to look forwards now. The players have been brilliant. When you are on that winning run you believe you are going to win every game but of course it does not work like that. We were not 100% on it. We need to hit the reset button.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Praet (Barnes 45), Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho (Gray 39).
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Pérez.
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Tettey, Trybull (Stiepermann 86), Buendía (Vrancic 90), McLean, Cantwell (Hernández 85), Pukki.
Substitutes: Lewis, Fährmann, Amadou, Srbeny.

Referee:
Andy Madley. Attendance: 32,101.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester record breakers make it eight in a row at Villa Park

Aston Villa 1:4 Leicester City

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City set a new club record of eight consecutive top flight victories with a 4-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday…

Brendan Rodgers made three changes to his starting line-up, with Chilwell, Iheanacho, and Praet in for Fuchs, Pérez and Barnes. This made for a different formation with two up front and a midfield diamond.
After a minute’s applause for former Villa boss Ron Saunders, whose death was announced the day before, there was a lively start to the game.
City first chance came in the 4th minute when Iheanacho cut in from the right and slipped Maddison in on goal, but his shot was blocked by Konsa. The rebound fell for Iheanacho, who chipped a ball to Vardy at the far post but his weak first time effort went straight at Heaton.
Villa then did some attacking and won a couple of corners as heavy rain suddenly lashed Villa Park.
City went close in the 10th minute when Söyüncü set up Evans with a chance but he sent it too close to Heaton from short range. Villa should have taken the lead two minutes later. Targett delivered a low cross from the right and it evaded everyone in a crowded goalmouth, running through to El Gahzi, who somehow managed to hit the bar from six yards.
Mings then went down with what looked to be a hamstring problem, but carried on after treatment. That may not have been a great decision as he was behind the play when City took a 20th minute lead. Iheanacho and Vardy raced forward on the break, the former sending the latter through the middle, and he rounded Heaton, but then miscued his finish, barely touching the ball. Fortunately Konsa had slipped over while running back to cover, allowing Vardy to take his second chance.
Mings then had to concede defeat to his hamstring and was replaced by Engels.
Villa went close when El Ghazi got his head to a Targett free-kick, but he sent the ball narrowly over the bar.
But City were on top, with the midfield stifling the threat of Grealish, and the twin strikers causing the Villa defence problems. They broke forward again in the 32nd minute but Vardy’s ball from the right to an unmarked Iheanacho was intercepted by Engels.
City doubled their lead four minutes before the break. Tielemans sent Maddison in down the left and his low cross was turned in with a fantastic touch from Iheanacho at the near post.
But City were to lose their two-goal cushion in first half injury time. They failed to clear a corner properly and the ball eventually fell for Grealish who curled a shot in off the right hand post to give Villa some hope.

But it didn’t last long as City restored their two goal lead four minutes into the second half. Maddison delivered a corner from the left and Evans, who had darted away from his marker, met it with a beautiful header that sailed into the top left hand corner.
Villa had little to offer but fouls after that and Targett was lucky to escape a red card for a nasty challenge on Ricardo.
Rodgers made his first change in the 64th minute, with Barnes on for the reborn Iheanacho.
City then wasted a few good chances with off-target efforts from Maddison, Tielemans and Barnes, who really should have scored when unmarked 15 yards out but snatched his effort over the bar.
But the fourth goal arrived in the 75th minute. From a Villa corner City broke up field and a perfect ball from Praet send Vardy charging down the middle, beating Heaton with a low drive.
Following his splendid assist Praet was replaced by Albrighton.
It was almost 5-1 in the 79th minute when Maddison sent a free-kick over and Söyüncü met it with a thumping header from close range, which Heaton saved with his nose.
Justin then replaced Chilwell for the final ten minutes.
As Villa sought to reduce City’s lead El Ghazi sent a decent chance wide, before both McGinn and Grealish went sprawling in the area under minimal contact. Appeals were laughed out of court in both cases.

It was a fantastic performance from City, solid at the back, commanding in midfield and lethal up front, and not for the first time this season they made history. Eight consecutive top flight wins saw them beat the club record set in 1962-63.
They were now six points clear of Manchester City in third place, and only eight points behind a Liverpool side that have only dropped two points all season.

Brendan Rodgers was happy to be under the radar: “After Manchester United won at Manchester City, a caption came up after the game about how far Manchester City are away from Liverpool. We respect that and we just get on with our job, get on with trying to play and improve our performance levels. It’s just natural – Manchester City and Liverpool are both incredible teams in the league and have shown last year how good they were. For us, we know that we are constantly trying to improve and look to close the gap. But I thought today we looked like a top team.”

Aston Villa: Heaton, El Mohamady, Konsa, Mings (Engels 23), Targett (Guilbert 78), Nakamba (Trézéguet 59), El Ghazi, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Grealish, Wesley. 
Substitutes: Lansbury, Hourihane, Nyland, Kodjia.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell (Justin 80), Ndidi, Praet (Albrighton 76), Tielemans, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho (Barnes 64).
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Gray, Ward, Pérez.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 41,908.

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Leicester make it seven in a row with win over Watford

Leicester City 2:0 Watford 

Leicester City v Watford FC - Premier League

City reclaimed second place in the the Premier League overcoming a stubborn Watford side at the KPS on Wednesday night…

Brendan Rodgers made a change to his side for the first time in seven matches – Fuchs in for Chilwell – for the club’s first ever live-streamed game with Amazon Prime setting a kick off time of 7.30.
Watford arrived at the KPS bottom of the league and with caretaker manager Hayden Mullins in charge and they were happy to sit deep and wait for a chance on the break.
City looked a little disjointed, as they had been against Everton on Sunday, not helped by a series of niggling shirt-pulls and trips from Watford. Even when Deeney planted an elbow into Söyüncü’s face during an aerial challenge referee Craig Pawson didn’t produce a yellow card.
Pérez sent a good chance sailing over the bar, but was spared his blushes by a linesman’s flag earlier in the move.
City’s patient build ups weren’t leading to chances, and it was Watford who should have taken a 23rd minute lead. From a City corner the Hornets raced upfield two against one. Femina fed the ball to Deulofeu, but Ricardo got an excellent touch in as he shaped to shoot.

Leicester City v Watford FC - Premier League

Barnes and Maddison then combined well and Barnes fired from an angle but could only find the side-netting.
The lively Barnes then went on a run across the 18 yard line, exchanging passes with Vardy and then Pérez, and skipping round defenders but his shot was blocked by Foster.
With half time approaching Pérez cut in from the right and fed a ball to Vardy who appeared to be tripped by Marriappa. Craig Pawson decided it was a dive and booked Vardy, and VAR didn’t intervene. Having watched the incident it is incredible that they both came to that conclusion – it looked like a clear penalty.
At the other end Deulofeu attempted to catch Schmeichel out with a free-kick from the right, but sent the ball narrowly wide of the far post.
Watford went close again just before the break, but Hughes’ shot was deflected wide after hitting Deeney.

Brendan Rodgers made a change for the second half, with Praet on for Pérez. City looked better than in the frustrating first half and chances began to come with Söyüncü firing one over and Barnes forcing a good save from Foster.
The breakthrough came in the 52nd minute when Maddison hoisted a cross in from the left and Masina planted a hand in the face of Evans as they lined up at the far post.
It was less of a penalty than the Vardy incident, but Pawson and VAR were happy to award it. Vardy stroked the ball past Foster, who had gambled on it going straight down the middle and didn’t dive. Vardy scoring record extended to seven games in a row.

Leicester City v Watford FC - Premier League

With Watford forced to come out of their shell, City began to create more chances.
Praet had a goalbound shot blocked by Mesina and then Söyüncü nodded narrowly over from a corner.
Tielemans then played Vardy in, and he lifted the ball over the advancing Foster, but with Barnes looking certain to score his first goal at the KPS, Mesina hooked it away brilliantly.
Rodgers made his second change in the 69th minute bringing Choudhury on for Tielemans. Ten minutes later he brought Justin on for his Premier League debut, in place of Barnes, and he immediately impressed with a couple of good runs down the left.
Watford were trying to press forward, but were lacking any kind of creativity up front and their first shot on target arrived four minutes into time-added-on, Quina sending an 18-yarder straight into Schmeichel’s arms.
Instead, it was City who found the net in the last minute of the game.
Justin nodded a ball forward into Maddison’s path and his rather scuffed shot deceived Foster, bouncing over his outstretched leg and just having enough on it to cross the line.

Leicester City v Watford FC - Premier League

It had been a poor spectacle on a cold night, but City had scrapped their way to victory and matched the ‘Ice Kings’ winning run of seven games in 1962-63.
They also reclaimed second spot from Manchester City and remained Liverpool’s closest contenders for the title.

Brendan Rodgers commented: “It was a tough game for us. Hayden Mullins had Watford very well organised. We had to be patient this evening and worked very hard for that but I thought we deserved it.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Fuchs, Ndidi, Pérez (Praet 45), Tielemans (Choudhury 69), Maddison, Barnes (Justin 80), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho. 
Watford: Foster, Femenía, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina, Sarr, Doucouré, Capoue, Hughes (Quina 83), Deeney (Gray 87), Deulofeu (Success 77).
Substitutes: Gomes, Chalobah, Dele-Bashiru, Foulquier.

Referee: Craig Pawson. Attendance: 31,763.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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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.

Leicester City v Everton FC - Premier League

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.

Leicester City v Everton FC - Premier League

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.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester’s winning run continues at Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion 0:2 Leicester City

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City’s fifth consecutive win came courtesy of second half goals from Pérez and Vardy at a rain-swept Amex Stadium on Saturday.

For the fifth game running Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side, and they racked up plenty of chances early on.
In the second minute Barnes swung a cross over from the left and Pérez ghosted in at the back and sent a header against the post.
Maddison then teed Barnes up for a shot that failed to hit the target. Then Chilwell delivered a free kick from the left that Vardy headed goalwards, but Ryan managed to tip it over the bar.
With Brighton penned into their own half the chances continued to come. Vardy nodded a corner on at the far post but Mooy managed to hook it clear from a yard out with Pérez waiting to pounce.
After this early onslaught Brighton managed to get more of the ball for a spell, but City’s defence, with Söyüncü again in imperious form, dealt with everything the Seagulls could throw at them.

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On the half hour Pérez weaved his way in down the right and cut a ball back for Barnes, but Ryan managed to tip his low shot round the post.
A minute later Barnes swung a cross over to the far post but a touch from a defender took it away from Pérez, who had again arrived unmarked at the far post.
Brighton’s best chance came just before half time when Duffy got his head to a corner but sent the ball well wide.
It looked as though City might take a lead with them down the tunnel in the 45th minute when Maddison sent Vardy clear on goal, but his attempted lob over the advancing Ryan was miscued.
For all City’s chances it remained goalless at half time.

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After City’s domination of the first half it was Brighton who looked the stronger side after the break, though Schmeichel still didn’t have a save to make with the defence mopping up in front of him.
There were spells of treatment for Maddison and Evans, and Evans had to go off in the 62nd minute, replaced by Morgan.
With Brighton pressing  forward City were hitting them on the break.
Vardy charged forward and squared for Pérez who hesitated and the chance was gone. Two minutes later City finally turned a chance into a goal. City broke upfield and Vardy opted to square to Pérez again who made no mistake this time, side-footing home from six yards.

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Two minutes later another breakaway saw Chilwell cross for Vardy whose first touch took him round his marker but Ryan was sharply off his line to block the shot.
At the other end Duffy got his head to a cross but again sent it yards wide from close in.
Brendan Rodgers made his second change in the 70th minute, bringing on Praet for Pérez.
Brighton went close when Maupay slipped through the defence but Söyüncü slid in from nowhere to block his shot.
Barnes then fired an effort narrowly wide, before being replaced by Gray.
Gray was instantly involved, being shoved and tripped a yard inside the area by Webster. Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Vardy’s spot-kick was saved by Ryan but Maddison was on hand to head home the rebound.
Maddison’s birthday goal celebrations were almost over when VAR told Mike Dean that there had been encroachment from both sides and the penalty had to be retaken.
This time Vardy fired it home to maintain his place at the top of the Premier League scoring chart and put the game beyond the home side.

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Murray sent in a cross/shot, but still Schmeichel couldn’t get his gloves dirty with Söyüncü racing across the area to hoof clear.
City comfortably saw out the remainder of the game, a fifth straight win (and fourth straight clean sheet) seeing them sitting in second place regardless of the weekend’s results.

Brendan Rodgers again had to deal with title talk: “What’s great now is that our supporters are singing: ‘We’re going to win the league!’ in the most competitive league in the world, so that tells you where they’re at, the confidence they have and the dreams that they have, which is absolutely brilliant. For me, it’s keeping the team focused because you have to work. What you’ve done in the previous 12 games has gone. It’s about being judged on today and I thought we put in a terrific performance and kept another clean sheet.”

Brighton: Ryan, Montoya (Schelotto 77), Duffy, Webster, Burn, Pröpper, Stephens (Bissouma 77), March (Murray 83), Mooy, Maupay, Trossard.
Substitutes: Gross, Balogun, Jahanbakhsh, Button.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans (Morgan 62), Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Praet 70), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Gray 78), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho.

Referee: 
Mike Dean. Attendance: 30,640.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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