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Leicester sweep Newcastle aside to regain third place

Leicester City 5:0 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

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.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

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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Maddison strike sees off Spurs amid VAR controversy

Leicester City 2:1 Tottenham Hotspur

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A superb display from City saw them overturn a Spurs lead at the KPS on Saturday,  with both sides having goals ruled out by VAR…

Brendan Rodgers make two changes to his side for this lunchtime kick off, with Barnes and Pérez in for Choudhury and Gray. It was a more attack-minded line-up than the one that started at Old Trafford, with Maddison in the central position that suits him best.

The game kicked off in sparkling September sunshine, and Spurs had the best of the opening spell. Son flashed a shot wide of the far post and then Kane thumped a long range effort straight into Schmeichel’s arms.
City then had a good spell, Maddison dancing his way into the area before curling a shot narrowly wide.
Two minutes later Maddison went on another run, rounding Winks and Alderweireld before forcing a near post save from Gazzaniga.
The pressure continued and City thought they had taken a 16th minute lead.
A Tielemans shot was spilled by Gazzaniga, Pérez was fouled by the keeper in a scramble before Ndidi bundled the ball over the line. With celebrations in full swing the dreaded VAR flashed up on the screens and after an interminable wait the goal was ruled out for offside.
Two minutes later Sissoko was lucky to see a yellow, rather than a red, after wiping out Maddison.
Spurs then had penalty appeals waved away when Rose collided with Evans in the area, as the frantic pace continued.
Vardy flashed a ball in from the left but Pérez was crowded out at the near post.
In an end to end battle it was Spurs who took a 28th minute lead. A backheel from Son set Kane up, and although a hearty nudge in the back from Söyüncü sent him sprawling he still managed to improvise a grounded shot past Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

City pressed forward in search of an equaliser, Ricardo fired narrowly wide and then Tielemans fed Pérez in on the right but his near post shot was beaten away by Gazzaniga.
City couldn’t find a way through and went in a goal down at the break.

Early in the second half it looked as though City had moved up a gear.
Barnes cut in past Aurier on the left but his shot was headed clear by Alderweireld.
Then Chilwell hit a low cross that saw Vardy a yard short of converting.
In the 57th minute Tielemans sent Vardy in on goal but Gazzaniga got the slightest touch to divert it away from goal before Rose hacked clear.
Although City were on top at this stage, Spurs went close on the break from a City corner, Lamela setting up Son for the sort of chance he usually takes but he sent this one wide.
On the hour Barnes got his head to a Ricardo lobbed cross, but it drifted wide.
Barnes then fired narrowly wide, and it looked as though City must surely find an equaliser, but it was Spurs who had the ball in the net in the 64th minute.
Kane found Aurier in space and he lashed a shot that deflected off Chilwell and beat Schmeichel. The celebrations in the away end had begun to die down before VAR was announced. After another long wait it was ruled out, to the delight of the home crowd.
The margin of offside was utterly ridiculous, but City were still in the game.
Three minutes later, they were level.
Praet came on for Pérez and City set about Spurs again. Vardy crossed from the left,  the ball went behind Barnes waiting in the middle, but Ricardo was on hand to blast home via a deflection off Rose.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

The game continued in end to end fashion. Maddison sent Vardy in on the right and his rising shot beat the angle of post and bar by inches.
Schmeichel then palmed away a Son cross before Kane missed the target with an ambitious overhead kick.
Rodgers made his second change in the 82nd minute, bringing Gray on for Barnes, who immediately picked up a yellow for a studs up challenge on Rose.
Choudhury then came on for Tielemans with six minutes remaining, and soon claimed himself an assist.
In the 85th minute Choudhury squared for Maddison, who took a touch before finding the bottom left hand corner with a 25 yarder that nearly lifted the roof off the KPS. It was his first goal of the season, and an absolute belter.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Following a heavy challenge Maddison was a passenger for the rest of the game including 6 minutes injury and VAR time, but City absorbed Spurs’ late pressure, with Söyüncü being in the right place at the right time to clear on a couple of occasions.
He then got a huge roar for going on a run forward to ease the pressure.
Spurs couldn’t find a way back and the ref’s whistle heralded a superb win that underlined City’s top six credentials.
They sat in second place before Man City’s 8-0 slaughter of Watford.

Brendan Rodgers wasn’t getting carried away by the league table: “At this moment, it’s about improving our game, bringing a level of emotion and intensity to the game that allows us to maximise the talents that we have. And on Saturday, against a top-class side, they were exceptional. With so many young players in the team, I think we can improve.It’s just about the consistency then.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Praet 67), Tielemans (Choudhury 84), Maddison, Barnes (Gray 82), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Ward.
Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko (Wanyama 67), Ndombele (Lucas Moura 86), Lamela (Eriksen 79), Son Heung-Min, Kane.
Substitutes: Dier, Skipp, Davies, Whiteman.

Referee: Paul Tierney. Attendance: 32,129.

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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VAR makes its mark on Leicester Wolves stalemate

Leicester City 0:0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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A poor opening day spectacle at the King Power saw a VAR decision ruling out a Wolves goal to produce a 0-0 scoreline…

Brendan Rodgers handed Pérez his debut, Söyüncü took Maguire’s place in the back line and both Ndidi and Choudhury were employed in midfield.
Before the game a Union FS tifo celebrated 100 years since the club was restructured after World War One and renamed ‘City’.

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

A first half of few incidents unfolded, with Wolves set up to defend and attack on the break.
The first chance came in the 2nd minute but Dendoncker shot from the edge of the area flew high and wide.
City pressed forward but were met by a wall of old gold and Choudhury and Tielemans both had shots blocked.

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

City were confined to trying their luck from the edge of the area and Chilwell, Ricardo and Ndidi all failed to hit the target.
In the 35th minute Doherty delivered a free-kick into the goalmouth and the ball fell for Bennett in front of goal, but Evans managed to prod the ball away before he could react.
City’s best moment of the half came in the 37th minute when they passed their way around the Wolves area, before Tielemans delivered a hard and low cross but Vardy’s attempted flick from two yards out was too elaborate when any touch would have seen a goal.
Wolves then broke upfield and Jota was in a great position when he fell over, presenting the ball to Söyüncü.
The half time whistle drew a veil over a forgettable half.

After the break Wolves came racing out of the traps and enjoyed a spell of pressure.
Jiménez bore down on goal and forced a save from Schmeichel, and then Bennett sent a header wide from a corner.
This spell of pressure appeared to have ended with a goal in the 51st minute.  Dendoncker got his head to a corner and it brushed Boly’s arm. Dendoncker fired the loose ball home and the away corner erupted.
But this is 2019-20, and 98 seconds later it was the home fans celebrating as the scoreboard flashed up ‘NO GOAL’ and referee Andre Marriner signalled a free kick.
A combination of the poor new handball law and VAR’s all-seeing eye had left Wolves feeling robbed.

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

Jota had a chance to put Wolves ahead a couple of minutes later when he went clear down the right, but he pulled his shot 10 yards wide of the left hand post.
Maddison then had a shot blocked as City continued to struggle to get past Wolves well drilled defence.
Rodgers made his first change in the 61st minute, bringing on Barnes for Choudhury.
City upped the pressure and won a series of six corners, but Maddison failed to deliver a decent one and Wolves easily soaked up the pressure.
Albrighton replaced Pérez in the 76th minute, but still City couldn’t find a way through.
Tielemans picked out Barnes for a swerving 30 yarder, but Patrício gathered it just inside the post.
Barnes then charged into the area and exchanged passes with Vardy before delivering a low cross which Boly did well to block.
Maddison sent a shot wide and Evans’ attempted overhead kick from close in didn’t work out. Albrighton had a shot blocked late on, but this game had long looked like a 0-0 draw.

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

It was an underwhelming performance from City in the face of high expectation, but Wolves are a very good side and their Europa League games appeared to have put them more in their stride than City.
Maddison, Tielemans and Vardy all looked a little rusty, though the fine performance of Söyüncü made the decision not to spend large on a Maguire replacement look like a wise one. Brendan Rodger revealed that he earned a round of applause from his team mates.
Inevitably the main talking point was the VAR decision, which may have left some Wolves fans thinking they might never celebrate a goal quite as enthusiastically again. Which would be a great loss to the game.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi, Pérez (Albrighton 76), Tielemans, Choudhury (Barnes 61), Maddison, Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Ward, Iheanacho, Praet.
Wolves: Rui Patrício, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves (Saïss 81), João Moutinho, Castro Otto, Jiménez, Jota (Cutrone 76).
Substitutes: Lomba Neto, Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Vinagre, Traoré.

Referee: Andre Marriner. Attendance: 32,015.

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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.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

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.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

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.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

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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Leicester beaten by Newcastle after Rafa does his homework

Leicester City 0:1 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City suffered a frustrating evening at the King Power Stadium on Friday night as Newcastle defended solidly and engineered a 1-0 win…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side with Maguire in for Söyüncü, while Albrighton returned to the bench after four months out with injury.
In a lively start Newcastle were the first to threaten in the second minute when Lascelles got a header on target from the corner, but it didn’t trouble Schmeichel.
As play swept up the other end Barnes crossed for Vardy, but his near post flick was easily saved by Dubravka.
After these early exchanges the game settled in a pattern of City possession with Newcastle denying them any space and looking to hit on the break.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Barnes fired a shot well over, but City’s passing wasn’t up to the standard of recent weeks and they were struggling to create anything.
In the 15th minute, with the scoreboard showing that City had 81% possession, Rondon sent a well-struck free-kick against the bar. So much for stats.
Chilwell then played a one-two with Maddison into the area, but Chilwell’s shot didn’t have enough to beat Dubravka.
After a couple of speculative shots from Almiron and Hayden, Barnes raced past two markers before firing in a shot that was too close to Dubravka, who gathered at the second attempt.
Newcastle had looked threatening going forward, and took a 32nd minute lead. Ritchie whipped in a great cross from the left and Perez, nipping ahead of Morgan, produced a fine header that looped over Schmeichel and into the net.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Two minutes later Newcastle could have gone further ahead when Almiron outpaced Morgan down the left channel and fired in a low shot that Schmeichel had to get down smartly to to block at his near post.
City looked a bit rattled and their frustration saw Tielemans booked for a nasty late challenge on Ki. They were the side who were happier to hear the half time whistle.

City didn’t come racing out of the traps for the second half. The first effort saw Ndidi ballooning a shot well over the bar in the 50th minute and then Almiron did similar at the other end.
City didn’t create a chance until the 62nd minute, when Maddison’s cross from the left grazed Vardy’s forehead before going wide.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

With City unable to find any space in Newcastle’s third, the best chance of scoring appeared to be from a free-kick. But when Maddison earned one 25 yards out, he opted for a pass which went straight into the Newcastle wall.
The frustration was bubbling and in the 68th minute Schmeichel earned himself a yellow card for coming out to the halfway line to berate the ref about something that had mysteriously enraged him. Something had to change and in the 72nd minute Rodgers brought Iheanacho and Mendy on for Gray and Ndidi.
In the 75th minute a foul on Maguire saw a yellow card for Schar and a free-kick in Maddison territory. But he couldn’t repeat his recent successes, sending his shot sailing into the Kop.
Perez then wriggled his way  through the penalty area before Schmeichel managed to block his effort from close range.
City’s best chance of the night came in the 79th minute when Tielemans fed a fine ball through to Vardy, but he lifted his effort over both keeper and bar.
The biggest cheer of the night from the home fans came when Albrighton was introduced for Barnes with ten minutes remaining.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City pressed forward, switched play from left to right, and tried to get in behind on both flanks, but they were met with a black and white striped wall and could not find a way through. Too many players had an off day and Rafa Benitez had clearly done his homework on how to negate City’s routes to goal.
The four-match winning streak was over and 7th place was beginning to look a little beyond them.

Brendan Rodgers summed up: “It was one of those nights where it didn’t quite come off for us but the players gave everything. We’ll go away and analyse it and hopefully we’ll be better the next time we face that kind of opponent. It’s obviously disappointing when you lose any game. The important thing is learning from it, we’re here to help the team improve eventually in these types of games.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Mendy 72), Gray (Iheanacho 72), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton 80), Vardy.
Substitutes:Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Pérez,
Hayden, Ki Sung-yueng (Diamé 82), Almirón (Atsu 78), Rondón.
Substitutes: Shelvey, Muto, Fernandez, Yedlin, Darlow.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Attendance: 32,108.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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