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Leicester stun Sevilla and reach the Champions League quarter finals

Leicester City 2:0 Sevilla (3:2)

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City produced a superb performance against Sevilla in the Champions League second round at the KPS on Tuesday night, a 2-0 victory making this perhaps the most glorious night in the club’s history…

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The atmosphere in the King Power was cranked up to 11, with an impressive Shakespearian ‘Let Slip the Dogs of War’ tifo display in the Kop end, and some great backing for the visitors in the away corner.

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Craig Shakespeare offered no surprises in his starting XI, sticking to the same side for the third game running, a formula that has worked for him up to now.
So we listened to the Champions League anthem for the eighth time, and we were off.

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Sevilla threatened early on, with Huth blocking Yedder’s progress, and then a fine touch by Nasri earned him some space in on the right to blast a shot from an angle that Schmeichel did very well to block with his left arm.
City began to press forward and in the 10th minute Ndidi was inches away from getting his head to an Albrighton corner, before Iborra blocked Mahrez’s shot from the clearance.
An Ndidi foul on Vitolo 25 yards out gave Sevilla a free-kick with possibilities, but Rami sent it sailing over the bar.
Nasri was then booked for clattering Ndidi, a yellow card that would have consequences later on.
In the 21st minute Sarabia dragged his shot wide from a decent position and Sevilla would soon rue that missed chance.
In the 27th minute, City turned the tie on its head. Iborra fouled Vardy out on the left and Mahrez lined up the free-kick. He floated a perfect ball into the area, which evaded the ruck in the middle and fell for Morgan to knee it home at the far post.

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This caused pandemonium around the ground and a frantic spell of play as Sevilla attempted an instant reply. Iborra had a shot blocked and Fuchs headed the resultant corner clear. Yedder then sent a shot into the sidenetting when well placed.
Mercado’s cross/shot then had to be tipped away by Schmeichel before City managed to calm things down.
They were the better side up to the break. Vardy had a shot blocked, Drinkwater fired an effort straight at Rico, and Fuchs made great progress down the left, staying on his feet after a foul in the area, but shooting straight at the keeper.
The half time whistle meant that City were 45 minutes away from a place in the quarter finals and the tension was almost unbearable.

This feeling worsened when Sevilla, with Mariano and Jovetic on for Mercado and Sarabia, had the best of the second half opening spell.
Huth cleared a dangerous low cross from Vitolo, and Fuchs got his head to a Nasri cross before a horrible moment in the 53rd minute when Escudero strode forward before unleashing a dipping 30 yarder that hit the underside of the bar.
It was a reminder of how narrow City’s ‘away goal lead’ was but a minute later City went ahead in the tie and the King Power erupted again.

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Okazaki had a shot blocked, Mahrez crossed the loose ball, Rami’s attempted clearance fell for Albrighton, who took a composed touch before firing a shot just inside the right hand post.
Although Sevilla could still force extra time with a goal, they looked rattled and weren’t causing City’s defence many problems.
Shakespeare made his first change in the 63rd minute, bringing Slimani on for Okazaki, who had run himself into the ground once again.
Vardy then wasted a good chance when Rico pushed a Mahrez cross into his path.
But the tie turned further in City’s favour in the 74th minute when Nasri lost his rag with Vardy following a tussle and appeared to be the main aggressor in a coming together of heads. He was shown his second yellow, but wasn’t prepared to go quietly into the night, having to be dragged off the field by his teammates.

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The FA Cup match at Millwall showed us that ten men can be better than eleven, and so it proved here, with Sevilla being awarded a 79th minute penalty.
Vitolo charged into the area and lifted the ball over Schmeichel, who then crashed into him. The referee pointed to the spot and booked the City keeper.
Silence fell around the ground and the spectre of extra time loomed, but N’Zonzi’s spot-kick was poor and Schmeichel saved low to his left.
A huge roar greeted the save and it looked as though the footballing gods were back on City’s side.

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Sevilla were losing their composure now, and coach Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands in a gibbering rage.
City continued to look for goals and Vardy sent a header straight at Rico with the goal at his mercy.
Slimani then went clear down the right, but stumbled in trying to round Rico and the chance was gone.
City last chance came in the 89th minute when Mahrez hared down the middle on the break, and set up Vardy, who snatched his effort over the bar, before giving his face a good pummelling in frustration.
Sevilla desperately pushed forward in the four minutes of time added on. Correa had a shot blocked and blazed another one over, but the final whistle eventually sounded and Leicester City were in the Champions League quarter finals.
You may have to read that sentence a few times.

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It had been a magnificent performance from every City player and this incredible journey continues.
Craig Shakespeare commented: “We deserve to be in the quarter-finals, we have just knocked out one of the best teams in Europe in my opinion. I think it has to stand right up there with all of our achievements because of the quality of the opposition. We know there will be some terrific teams in the last eight, as there were in the previous round, but we’re in there on merit – we might just be the surprise team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Amartey 89), Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 63), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, King, Gray, Ulloa.
Sevilla: Sergio Rico, Mercado (Mariano 46), Pareja, Rami, Sarabia (Jovetic 45), Iborra, Nzonzi, Escudero, Vitolo, Ben Yedder (Correa 68), Nasri. Subs Not Used: Soria, Kranevitter, Vazquez, Lenglet.

Referee: D Orsato. Attendance: 31,520. 

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Late Morgan goal keeps Leicester in the Cup

Derby County 2:2 Leicester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Mixed fortunes for Leicester’s internationals

Riyad Mahrez was the most successful of City’s internationals over the weekend, getting two goals in Algeria’s 6-0 win over Lesotho in the Africa Cup of Nations…

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His first was a stunning free-kick from 25 yards, which you can watch here.
City’s new record signing Islam Slimani also came on as sub and provided an assist.

Also on the scoresheet was Bartosz Kapustka who netted for Poland in their 2018 World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw with Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena.

Sadly, neither Jamie Vardy or Danny Drinkwater made it onto the field in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England. An unimpressive performance eventually saw a late victory over 10-men Slovakia at the City Arena in Trnava.

On Saturday: Ahmed Musa played for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Tanzania in the Africa Cup of Nations; Daniel Amartey was in the Ghana side that drew 1-1 with Rwanda; and Wes Morgan played in Jamaica’s 2-0 against Panama in a World Cup qualifier.

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* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

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Leicester defeat Swans in a deluge

Leicester City 2:1 Swansea City

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City defeated Swansea and the elements to gain their first victory of the season at a stormy King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Amartey in for the injured Mendy and they started in lively fashion with Naughton blocking a Vardy shot early on.
Vardy caused more problems for the Swans defence before being brought down by Fernandez just outside the penalty area. The defender was booked and Mahrez sent his free-kick two feet over the bar. Drinkwater then went close but City were frustrated again.
Swansea had little to offer up front and Schmeichel comfortably held a Sigurdsson shot in a rare foray forward.

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City’s opening goal arrived in the 32nd minute. Amartey, staking his place in midfield with a fine performance, won the ball on the edge of City’s area. Then Drinkwater combined with Mahrez before sending a perfectly weighted ball forward for Vardy. The City striker outpaced the Swans defence before blasting his first goal of the season in off the right hand post.
The rest of the game was played out in increasingly heavy rain, with lightning forking through black clouds. Okazaki arrowed a fine towards the top left hand corner but Fabianski was well positioned to tip it away for the last meaningful action of the first half.

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Although Swansea started the second half trying to press forward they were 2-0 down seven minutes after the break.
Albrighton delivered a corner from the right, after an aerial challenge involving four players the ball deflected off Huth and then rolled over Morgan’s shoulder dropping in front of him. The City skipper reacted swiftly to volley it home from 6 yards.
Soon after this City suffered a setback when Schmeichel mis-kicked a clearance into the path of Llorente. The City keeper did very well to race off his line and clear the ball before the Swansea striker could take a second touch but injured himself in the process.
At the other end Vardy was tackled, and Okazaki collected the loose ball in the area but was given a whack on the shin by Amat for an obvious penalty. Mahrez’s spot-kick lacked both pace and direction and Fabianski had a fairly easy save to make.

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Schmeichel was then replaced by Zieler, and the rain got even heavier.
The pitch coped very well until the closing stages, when puddles began to appear and water was flying up around the ball. With ten minutes remaining the visitors narrowed City’s lead when Barrow crossed from the right and Fer leapt like a salmon to nod past Zieler.
This made for a nervy last few minutes, but Simpson dealt well with a dangerous ball across the goalmouth and Swansea were struggling to create anything in the worsening conditions.
City broke upfield and after splashing his way into the area Mahrez set himself up for a curling effort which went just wide of the far post.
Fabianski then saved from substitute Musa before the ref’s whistle heralded City’s first win of the season.

Claudio Ranieri tried to play down the rave reviews given to Amartey: “I don’t want to speak of Kante. There is only one – there isn’t another in the world. He has gone and now we need to move on. But Amartey played very, very well. He now knows very well the Premier League. He can play centre-back, central midfielder, right-back, right winger and I am very pleased with him. He played very well, was solid, strong and recovered a lot of balls.”

Leicester: Schmeichel (Zieler 57), Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez, Albrighton (Musa 74), Okazaki (Ulloa, 79) Vardy. Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Hernandez, King, Gray.
Swansea: Fabianski, Amat, Fer, Llorente, Routledge (Ki 59), Barrow, Sigurdsson (Montero 59), Cork (McBurnie 86), Naughton, Fernandez, Kingsley. Subs Not Used: Van Der Hoorn, Nordfelt, Rangel, Fulton.

Referee: R East. Attendance: 31,727.

PHOTO: Simon Kimber
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The FOX Summer Special 2016 is a 44 page, all-colour celebration of football’s greatest ever story… Leicester City’s Premier League title win of 2015-16…

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Here’s what people are saying about it… (and we haven’t made it up).

* “Page after page of smiles… fantastic.”

* “Every City fan should have one – it’s just amazing – I’ve not stopped smiling – and wishing it would happen again.”

* “Hard to think of £3 better spent in my life. “

* “It is a thing of beauty. “

* “Get one quick!! It’s brilliant!!!……Thanks Gary and Co.”

* “It’s the best issue ever – and I’ve been buying it for 25 years. Awesome stuff!”

* “Just got in and reading it, blubbing at your comment in the editorial about how your perception of life has altered, spot on. And the bit in 50 Something where it shows the framed photo of his Dad, max emosh, well played sirs.”

* “Summer Special is superb! Got something in my bloody eye again!!”

* “It will go in my souvenir box file, along with the Champions clapper, Vardy salted crisps and all the other gubbins that will forever convey a touch of immortality.”

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Either subscribe to The FOX for the 2016-17 season HERE. (UK price)

Or you can just buy the Summer Special for £3 plus p&p on its own HERE. (UK Price)

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250,000 Hail the Champions at Leicester’s biggest ever party

Huge crowds gathered in Leicester on Monday night to herald their Premier League title winning heroes…

After a bus parade wound its way through the city centre streets the party ended up in Victoria Park, where Claudio Ranieri and his players showed off the trophy on a huge stage.
A Glastonbury-sized crowd then enjoyed a surprise appearance from Kasabian, before partying long into the night…

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FOX 199 – The Leicester City fanzine – on sale today

The FOX 199 – the May edition – will be on sale before today’s game…

The final issue of the title-winning season will be available before today’s Coronation game v Everton.

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Featuring: an interview with former City manager, and still a Leicester fan, Micky Adams; An Editorial struggling to accept what has just happened; Fully Programmed from October 2008; Fox Diary – the incredible Premier League adventure continues; the latest from the Foxes Trust; What’s happening on #lcfc Twitter including the PFA awards; Rewind goes back to April 2008; Foxed in the Head – on statues and returning the ball to your heroes; Ian Davidson on 51 years wait for the title; John Hutchinson continues his series on City and World War II; our new series The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects continues; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month…

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Foxes devour Swans to go 8 points clear

Leicester City 4:0 Swansea City

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City took a step closer to the title with a convincing 4-0 victory over Swansea at the KPS on Sunday to go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with just three games to play…

With Vardy suspended, Claudio Ranieri played Ulloa and Okazaki up front , with Schlupp in for Albrighton.
Although Swansea were the first to deliver a ball into the box, it came to nothing, and City were then gifted an 11th minute lead.
Williams’ slightly leisurely clearance struck Mahrez and the Algerian international showed great composure to finish, with Fabianski perhaps expecting a curling effort into the far corner, Mahrez simply fired it in at the near post.
It was the start City needed to calm any nerves, and they never looked back.
With City’s midfield bossing the play, Fuchs and Okazaki both threatened the Swans goal, before City extended their lead on the half hour.
After a battle between Morgan and Routledge out on the left ended with a free-kick to City, Drinkwater delivered a perfect ball into the area for Ulloa to nod home from 6 yards.

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It was tempting to think ‘game over’ at this stage, but Swansea enjoyed their best spell of the game up to half-time.
But of the two free-kicks their pressure gained, one was headed narrowly over by Fernandez and the other, a shot from Sigurdsson, may have been heading for the post when Schmiechel tipped it round. And so City took a precious 2-0 lead in with them at the break.

Swansea had an early chance in the second half when a well-placed Ayew failed to test Schmeichel with a weak header, but it was all over by the hour mark.
Schlupp charged after a Schmeichel clearance down the left, beating two defenders and cutting in on goal. He unselfishly attempted to square to Ulloa, but Williams blocked. However, the ball fell nicely for Schlupp to cross again and Ulloa slid the ball in at the far post, sparking huge celebrations.

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Barring an Ayew header into the side-netting, it was one-way traffic now, with City in irresistible form.
Schlupp forced a fine save from Fabianski and miscued a couple of other efforts.
Okazaki fired a shot over the bar, and then King (on for Ulloa who picked up a knock to his back) tested Fabianski again with a low shot.
City’s fourth goal arrived with five minutes remaining. Gray went on a run down the right, and just kept running. At one point it was almost comedic with four Swansea defenders chasing after him. After cutting in, the youngster chipped a ball to the far, post, King headed it back across goal, but Gray’s first time effort was pushed out by Fabianski… only as far as Albrighton who gleefully rifled it home, having only been on the pitch for three minutes.

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City ended the day eight points clear, knowing that two more wins would seal the club’s first ever title. With every week bringing a new landmark, they now can’t finish outside the top two and, later that evening, Riyad Mahrez was crowned PFA Player of the Season.

Speculation about how City would cope without Vardy had been answered with four goals:
“It was a magnificent performance,” said Claudio. “Without Jamie, everyone else had to give that bit more. It was great to see my players fight. We had some difficulties, but everybody made sure we had a good match. Now it is important for us to make our dreams a reality. Now is the right moment to give everything.”

* Credit where it is due: maybe it was the light and shade effect but referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to come up with the perfect refereeing performance.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté, Schlupp (Albrighton 82), Mahrez, Okazaki (Gray 73), Ulloa (King 79). Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Amartey.
Swansea: Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Rangel, Fernandez, Britton, Cork, Fer (Paloschi 46), Routledge (Montero 46), Ayew, Sigurdsson (Ki 75). Subs Not Used: Amat, Nordfeldt, Naughton, Barrow.

Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 31,962.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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