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Leicester see off Spurs with world class finishing

Leicester City 2:1 Tottenham Hotspur

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A superb display from City, and two brilliant strikes from Vardy and Mahrez, earned a 2-1 victory against Spurs at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel made two changes to his starting line-up, with Chilwell in for Fuchs – on paternity leave – and Okazaki replacing Gray.
It was high-tempo stuff right from the start. with City pressing forward early on before Tottenham settled. Schmeichel dithered over a back-pass but just managed to clear with Kane almost robbing him of the ball.
Vardy chased a through ball but Lloris raced out to sweep up and Ndidi then connected well with a shot, but the Spurs keeper was comfortably behind it.
Morgan went close with a header from a corner but it was cleared from near the goal-line, and Tottenham then threatened when Rose found room down the left, but his low cross into the six yard box was well blocked by Morgan.
City took the lead in spectacular fashion in the 13th minute. Albrighton’s looping cross from the left was chased by Vardy, who allowed it to drop over his shoulder before deftly flicking it over Lloris. Having suffered taunts from the Spurs fans about his wife’s appearance in the Australian jungle, he then went over to celebrate in the visitor’s corner.

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Tottenham came close to levelling in the 17th minute when Kane sent Sissoko in on goal, but Schmeichel blocked the shot with his legs and Iborra cleared as the loose ball looped towards the net.
As Spurs pressed forward again Kane twisted and turned in the area, making room for a shot, but his attempted curler into the top corner went high and wide.
Ndidi then attempted another shot from the edge of the area, but missed the left hand post by a few yards.
In the 32nd minute Kane set up Alli for a gilt-edged chance, but his shot from 16 yards lacked pace and Schmeichel saved.
At the other end, Morgan headed over from a Mahrez free kick and Rose blocked a low Vardy cross from the left.
With half-time approaching, City’s recent habit of conceding just before the break hung over the ground, but City did better than holding the lead, they doubled it.
Mahrez cut in from the right wing and accelerated towards the penalty area, before placing a beautiful shot into the top left hand corner.

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Tottenham dominated posession in the second half, but City looked dangerous on the break.
Kane swept a shot across goal that went well wide, before Okazaki got too much on a header from a fine Albrighton cross and sent it over the bar.
Spurs continued to create, and miss chances. Sanchez headed well wide under no pressure and then Eriksen then produced a woeful shot with the goal at his mercy inside the six yard box.
But a nervy end to the game was ensured when Spurs finally found the net in the 78th minute. Lamela threaded a ball through to Kane who lashed a right-footer into the top right hand corner from 8 yards.

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It was backs-to-the-wall stuff for City now and Claude Puel introduced the fresh legs of Choudhury for Okazaki.
Spurs turned up the pressure and Aurier delivered a superb cross from the right but Llorente blazed it over at the far post.
Hearts were in mouths late into added time when Rose went down in the area after an Ndidi challenge, but referee Anthony Taylor waved play-on, to huge relief.
Soon after that he blew for time and a huge roar celebrated a fine result.
It had been a fantastic team performance, but a special mention has to go to Iborra who made City tick with his Man of the Match display in midfield.

Claude Puel summed up the win that took City up to 9th place: “I would say it is the best performance so far. There are encouraging signs going forward. The goals were fantastic, but not just the goals. The quality with the ball was good as well. It was difficult against a good team to keep this result but I think the team worked hard for each other with solidarity and desire and it was a fantastic game for us.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez (Gray 77), Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Okazaki (Choudhury 83), Vardy (Slimani 88).
Substitutes: King, Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Aurier, Sissoko (Son Heung-min 57), Dembélé (Llorente 69), Eriksen (Lamela 77), Rose, Kane, Alli.
Substitutes: Trippier, Vorm, Foyth, Davies.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 31,950.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester hit for six by Tottenham

Leicester City 1:6 Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 18 May 2017

City were swept aside by a rampant Tottenham at the KPS on Thursday night, as Harry Kane racked up four goals…

Criag Shakespeare made one change to his side, with Amartey replacing King in midfield, and Huth, Morgan and Drinkwater all on the injury list.
Spurs had the first chance of the night after 5 minutes when Kane played Son in, but Chilwell nipped in to divert his shot wide.
Three minutes later, Son found some room again but sent his shot well over.
A minute after this, Mahrez cruised through a group of four yellow shirts and set up Vardy, whose fierce shot went stright at Lloris.
In a lively end-to-end opening spell, Amartey then saw his shot from the edge of the area deflecting kindly for Lloris to make an easy save.
Spurs should have taken the lead after 15 minutes, but Son still hadn’t adjusted his sights and blazed over with only Schmeichel to beat.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 18 May 2017

Tottenham were in control of the game by the 20th minute, and Kane turned and delivered a curling effort that went narrowly wide.
The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute. A long ball down the right from Alderweireld saw Fuchs gambling on trying to reach it rather than running back. He didn’t and Son was in on goal, cutting back for Kane to find the net from close in.
Spurs continued to push forward and Schmeichel made a fine save to block an Alli header.
At the other end there were loud appeals for a penlty when Vardy was floored by  Alderweireld in the area, but Michael Oliver waved play on.
Spurs doubled their lead in the 36th minute. Alli flicked the ball over the City defence and the alert Son ran through to volley it home.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 18 May 2017

City were having a torrid time now, with Spurs well on top. Kane had a shot blocked and Schmeichel saved well from Dier, with no doubt as to which side were most pleased to hear the half time whistle.

Craig Shakespeare made a change at the break, bringing Slimani on for Okazaki, and City looked better in the early stages of the second half.
Benalouane headed a Mahrez corner over the bar, and Albrighton had a shot blocked.
City then pulled a goal back in the 59th minute. Lloris came racing well out of his goal to meet the advancing Vardy and the ball rebounded to Ndidi who squared to Chilwell.
Resisting the urge to take a first time shot at an unguarded goal, the youngster rounded a challenge on the edge of the area and cooly slotted the ball past the defender on the line.
City were back in the game now, but sadly this only lasted for three minutes.
Alderweireld delivered a cross from the right, Wanyama nodded back across goal from the far post and Kane headed home from three yards, to snuff out City’s revival.
Shakespeare made his second change bringing Gray on for Benalouane, and moving Amartey back into defence.
City fell further behind in the 70th minute when Son sidestepped his way past three defenders before finding the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the area.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 18 May 2017

Gray then sent Slimani in down the left but his shot went straight at Lloris who blocked at the near post.
Musa replaced Vardy with 12 minutes left, but City looked increasingly poor as the game entered the last ten minutes.
After several attempts Kane completed his hat trick in the 89th minute, firing a low shot through Simpson’s legs from the edge of the area.
And he wasn’t done yet, scoring an almost identical goal in the second minute of time added on to complete the six goal rout.

Craig Shakespeare summed up: “There are no positives. We were totally second-best.”
If he can pick his players up off the floor, a win against Bournemouth on Sunday could still see a top half finish from this bizarre season. It might be a big job.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane (Gray 66), Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, Amartey, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 46), Vardy (Musa 78).
Subs Not Used: Kapustka, Zieler, Wasilewski, Moore.

Tottenham: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Sissoko (Nkoudou 90), Wanyama, Dembele (Lesniak 86), Davies, Alli, Son (Janssen 78), Kane.
Subs Not Used: Vorm, Eriksen, Wimmer, Shashoua.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31,351.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester make their point at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 Leicester City

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City battled to their first away point of the season after going behind to a very soft penalty decision at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Vardy back in and Slimani left out with a slight groin strain.
Unbeaten Spurs had an early spell of pressure, Alli fired in a shot from the edge of the area following a corner but Schmeichel got down to it well.
The City keeper then made a comfortable save from a long-range Rose effort and watched Eriksen’s free-kick go narrowly wide, before City had their first chance. Okazaki got his head to a Mahrez cross but cleared the bar.
Fuchs then attempted an audacious volley from a deep Mahrez corner but sent his well struck effort just over from 20 yards.
Five minutes before the break Spurs got nearer when Walker’s cut back from the right was side-footed against the crossbar by Alli from 12 yards.
However, City were not to go down the tunnel on level terms. In the 44th minute Janssen, with Huth’s hand on his shoulder, threw himself to the ground, and referee Bobby Madley bought it. Janssen sent his ill-gotten spot-kick down the middle, just evading Schmeichel’s flailing boot.

City emerged for the second half looking purposeful, and were soon back on level terms.
In the 48th minute, a wayward back header from Wanyama sent Vardy haring down the right. He squared for Musa who slid the ball in off Lloris, picking up a knock on his way into the back of the net.
An Alli dive, his third of the game, saw Spurs awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Janssen’s curving effort went inches wide of the right hand post.
The same player then brushed the same post moments later with a low shot on the turn as Tottenham increased the pressure in search of a winner.
But City – with Schlupp, Albrighton and Ulloa introduced to the action – then had a very good spell of their own and Fuchs, seemingly attempting to outdo his first goal last week, attempted another ambitious voley, which went high and wide.
Spurs best chance of a winner came when Wanyama swung a cross in from the right and Vertonghen sent a firm header against the bar.
The final chance fell for substitute Ulloa, who got his head to a Fuchs free-kick but directed his effort wide.

Claudio Ranieri was happy with the first away point of the season: “This was a very big result – we need confidence at this moment – and a fantastic performance against a good team, our rivals last season. I’m very pleased. We started well; we tried to win, they tried to win, a very good match, this is the magic of Premier League football.”

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Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Son, Janssen, Wanyama (Winks 87), Dier, Dembele, Alli (Nkoudou 83), Eriksen. Subs Not Used: Vorm, Trippier, Onomah, Davies, Carter-Vickers. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Musa (Schlupp 68), Okazaki (Ulloa 78), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Hernández, Amartey, Gray. 
Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 31.868.

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Leicester eased out of the Cup by Spurs

Leicester City 0:2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Claudio Ranieri made his priorities clear as City fielded a fringe side in a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in the FA Cup 3rd round replay at the KPS…

Only Schmeichel, Drinkwater and Simpson remained from the starting XI at Villa, with the latter standing in for De Laet who injured himself in the pre-match warm-up.
The third meeting between these two sides in just ten days saw an opening spell of midfield pinball, before the first chance fell to Eriksen, who missed the target after being teed up by Son.
City, were very limited going forward and the first chance came after 28 minutes. Although Inler got his 20 yard free-kick over the wall and on target it didn’t stretch Vorm in the Spurs goal.

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The visitors dominated play up the break: Davies went close with a shot, Wasilewski blocked a Chadli effort, and Lamela sent a header over the bar.
Spurs took the lead six minute before half-time as Son, in on the right, gained himself a yard on Chilwell before beating Scmeichel with a fine strike into the top right hand corner.
City tried to haul themselves back into the game up to the break, but Ulloa missed the target with his 20 yard shot and both Inler and Benalouane failed to trouble Vorm with ambitious overhead shots.

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The second half saw Okazaki on for Drinkwater and City’s performance improved for a while with his injection of enthusiasm.
The Japanese international was involved in a move that ended with Gray seeing his curling shot tipped away by Vorm, denied a goal on his impressive home debut.
Pochettino then introduced Kane to the game and he soon forced a good block from Schmeichel at his near post.
But Spurs then wrapped the game up in the 66th minute when Chadli seized on Son’s slide-rule through-ball and beat Schmeichel with a low shot.
City couldn’t pull a goal back, Gray fired a shot over, Albrighton had a fierce shot saved by Vorm, and the ball wouldn’t quite run for Vardy when he came on for the closing stages.

It was a disappointing night for a sell-out crowd, many of whom were not regulars, and thousands of whom, were outside at kick-off due to technical difficulties.
But it was a case of priorities for a club that doesn’t have the strength in depth of those they are hoping to compete with in the Premier League.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Albrighton 63), Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Drinkwater (Okazaki 46), King, Inler, Gray, Dyer (Vardy 74), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Morgan, Kanté, Mahrez.
Tottenham: Vorm, Walker, Wimmer, Dier, Davies, Eriksen, Carroll, Bentaleb, Chadli (Onomah 73), Lamela (Kane 60), Son (Alli 84). Subs Not Used: Lloris, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 30,006.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester Earn Their Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 0:1 Leicester City

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City proved themselves to be serious title contenders with a 1:0 win against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night…

Only Schmeichel and Kanté started from the FA Cup starting line-up at the same ground three days previously, with one change being made from the previous league outing, Okazaki in for Ulloa to partner Vardy up front.
Spurs got off to a strong start and Eriksen and Alderweireld forced saves from Schmeichel while Alli sent a shot wide.
City then got their high-tempo passing game together and created chances for Okazaki and Kanté which both missed the target.
The next one was on target, a Fuchs long throw was nodded on by the busy Okazaki and Drinkwater’s fierce shot was denied by a superb save from Lloris.
A dipping shot from Eriksen, blocked by Schmeichel was the last real chance of the half and the sides went in goalless at the break after another intriguing contest.

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City came out of their corner swinging punches and Drinkwater and Vardy both had shots blocked in an early spell of pressure.
But it looked as though Tottenham would surely take the lead on the hour when Lamela slipped a ball through the defence that sent Kane in one on one with Schmeichel. The Danish keeper spread himself well and managed to get a touch to the England striker’s low shot that deflected the ball up and onto the bar, with the goal gaping.
With twenty minutes remaining Claudio Ranieri brought Ulloa on for Vardy and his brief front pairing with Okazaki worked well.
In one frantic passage of play in the Spurs area Mahrez, Drinkwater and Ulloa all had shots blocked before the home side finally cleared their lines.
King replaced Okazaki in the 77th minute before a finely balanced game finally tipped City’s way with 7 minutes remaining.

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As City lined up for a corner Ulloa seemed to be getting all the attention of the Spurs defence.  This left Huth lurking unmarked in the background and as Fuchs’ flag-kick came over the German had time to direct a thumping header beyond Lloris and into the top left hand corner.
This signalled manic scenes in the away corner which were further inflamed when news broke of Liverpool’s equaliser against Arsenal.
City’s defence remained unbreachable up to the final whistle which saw them level on points with the Gunners at the top of the table.
Remarkably, 43 points saw City overhaul last season’s total of 41.

While this result underlined City’s right to be where they are in the league Claudio Ranieri still had his feet on the ground:  “It’s January. What a pity! If it was May, maybe. We must continue to work hard, to keep our feet on the ground. It is a crazy, crazy league this year and we must continue.”

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Kane, Lamela, Dier (Onomah 90), Alli, Eriksen (Dembele 70), Carroll (Son 82), Davies. Subs Not Used: Vorm, Rose, Trippier, Wimmer.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 90), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki (King 77), Vardy (Ulloa 70). Subs Not Used: Gray, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inter.

Referee: L Mason. Attendance: 35,850.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester’s instant reply earns a point against Spurs

Leicester City 1:1 Tottenham Hotspur

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City conceded an 81st minute goal only for Mahrez to hit back instantly against Tottenham at the KPS on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri defied his Tinkerman nickname by naming an unchanged side again, with new signing Gökhan Inler stating on the bench. In stifling heatwave conditions Spurs had the first chance in the 9th minute when Dembélé made room for himself on the edge of the area before connecting well with a low shot which tested Schmeichel.

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Alderweireld then blocked an Okazaki shot, to the disappointment of his many Japanese fans in attendance.
In a good spell for City Albrighton cut inside from the left beating two defenders before sending his shot a yard over and then Mahrez sent Vardy haring down the right, but his cross evaded Okazaki and the chance was gone.

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Two minutes before the break there were big shouts for a penalty when Mahrez had his shirt tugged in the area by Vertonghen, but the ref waved play on.
Last season’s thorn in our side Harry Kane then miscued his first shot of the game so wide that it went for a throw-in.
After a half that had often been pedestrian, due to the conditions, with a drinks break being enforced, 0-0 was a fair reflection at half-time.

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Tottenham ran the game for a spell after the break, though chances for Chadli and Kane came to nothing. But then City went close when Mahrez wriggled in from the right and almost caught Lloris out at the near post, but struck the woodwork.
Ranieri then introduced Kanté and then Inhler for his debut to give City fresh impetus.
With the game balanced on a knife-edge Spurs seemed to have struck the killer blow with nine minutes remaining.
A good turn and run from Kane set up Chadli for a delicate cross from the left which found Alli unmarked at the far post for a diving header past Schmeichel.

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Tottenham’s extended celebrations in front of the big following in the corner may have backfired on them as City were in position and raring to go while they sauntered back.
Right from the kick-off Morgan launched a ball out to the right and Vardy rose to nod it into the path of Mahrez.
He cut inside his marker and found half a yard of space which allowed him to send a shot across Lloris and into the net
for his fourth goal in three games.
It was greeted by a huge roar from the sell-out home crowd, but the afternoon could have got even better moments later when a thumping Morgan header from a corner went straight into the chest of Lloris.
City had to be content with a point, and topped the Premier League for a third Saturday in a row…

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater (Inler 80), Morgan, Huth, Vardy, King, Albrighton (Kanté 78), Schlupp, Okazaki, Mahrez (Ulloa 90). Subs Not Used: Kramarić, Fuchs, Benalouane, Schwarzer.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Mason (Bentaleb 88), Kane, Lamela (Alli 65), Dier, Dembélé (Carroll 77), Chadli, Davies. Subs Not Used: Rose, Vorm, Trippier, Onomah.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 31,971 (3,262 away).

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester’s efforts in vain as Kane claims a matchball

Tottenham Hotspur 4:3 Leicester City

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City overcame a dreadful start to get themselves back into this game, but left White Hart Lane with nothing thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick…

Nigel Pearson made three changes to his side, with Schmeichel returning after a four month injury lay-off, and Ulloa and Nugent in for Mahrez and Kramarić.
Spurs had to make a change after just three minutes. A Vardy charge down the left was flagged offside but Walker crashed into keeper Lloris, who had to be replaced by Vorm after lengthy treatment.
However, Spurs were ahead by the 6th minute. Townsend delivered a corner from the left and Dier flicked it on at the near post. It looked like a straightforward headed clearance for Upson before Schmeichel stretched to divert it and the ball dropped kindly for Kane who couldn’t miss from close in.
At the other end Nugent’s long-range swerving shot almost caught Vorm out, but it was the home side who added to the scoreline in the 13th minute. Walker’s cross from th eright was half-cleared by Huth into the path of Kane. His shot took a big deflection off the German defender’s chest and ended up in the back of the net.
A good save from Schmeichel diverted an Eriksen shot onto the post after he had unzipped City’s defence, and prevented Spurs from disappearing over the horizon.
Instead, it was City who got themselves back in contention in the 38th minute.
A James ball sent Nugent racing down the and right and he delivered a perfect cross for Vardy to slot home at the far post.
City were the better side by this stage: Rose had to put in a fine tackle to deny Nugent and then Ulloa headed over from a corner under no pressure.
City, with Wasilewski on for Upson, started the second half in the same vein. Ulloa, in on the right, picked out Nugent three yards out, but Walker managed to block his shot over the bar. From the resulting corner Morgan was given the freedom of the penalty area to nod the ball past Vorm and level the game.
City looked the more likely to take the lead at this stage, but Huth couldn’t direct his header on target from a James corner.
It was Spurs who got another slice of luck in the 63rd minute when Nugent and Rose collided in the penalty area. It looked like Rose had at least as much to do with the coming together as Nugent but Mike Dean pointed to the spot and Kane completed his first Premier League hat-trick from 12 yards.
Kane and then Chaldli should have made it 4-2, scooping chances over the bar, before Mahrez came on for Huth.
Although City were trying to press forward Tottenham struck again with 5 minutes remaining.
Schmeichel came out smartly to block an Eriksen effort, but Schlupp was ill-rewarded for charging back to help out and the ball cannoned off him and into the net.
Still City weren’t finished and Nugent battled through the Spurs defence before sending a precise shot past Vorm, but it was too late to make a difference.

To get nothing from such a decent performance was tough, but it is getting harder to see an escape route now.

Tottenham: Lloris (Vorm 3), Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Dier, Townsend (Paulinho 58), Kane, Chadli, Eriksen, Mason, Bentaleb. Subs Not Used: Chiriches, Adebayor, Lamela, Davies.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, Huth (Mahrez 76), Upson (Wasilewski 46), De Laet, Cambiasso (King 85), James, Schlupp, Vardy, Ulloa, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Drinkwater, Schwarzer, Kramarić.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 35,950.

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