Foxes clinch a 1-0 to stay atop the Premier League table

BY SEBASTIAN SCHELLERER

Leicester City manages to stay atop the Premier League table due to a 88th minute winner, scored by substitute Leonardo Ulloa.

Leicester continue to lead the table  with 5 points on Matchday 27, ahead of both Tottenham and Arsenal who play tomorrow.

It may have been the cold temperatures or the two weeks off that hindered Leicester’s usual fluent, aggressive style of play,  but the foxes started the game slow and failed to gain much traction against the defensively minded canaries.

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Leicester start with an almost unchanged 11, as Daniel Amartey starts for the suspended Danny Simpson.  This was the first start and appearance for the 21 year old. 

The first chance of he game came from a deep sitting Norwich team who caught Leicester on the break as Cameron Jerome managed to get one on one with Schmeichel, but the Danish keeper was as usual quick of his line, and handled it comfortably.

Leicester’s first dangerous attack came from the usual suspects, as Okazaki got ahold of the ball in the Norwich 15 yard and and got the ball through  to Vardy, who managed to cross it back to Okazaki who failed to score with a back heel at the near post.

25 minutes in neither team managed to get the upper hand, as Norwich maintained their pressure on Leicester but were unable to play out any real chances on the counter.

Leicester began upping their pressure as Mahrez glides past Timm Klose with silky footwork and knocked the ball towards goal. A few moments later Christian Fuchs found himself in space on the edge of the box and blasted a shot over the crossbar.

Not long after, Albrighton just about missed Norwich’s post from  a well won freekick by Okazaki who managed to take a long ball with his chest and knocked it past the Norwich defender. 

In a rare Norwich attack, Nathan Redmond managed to get a shot off against Schmeichel as he found himself in the penalty area.However there was no trouble for Schmeichel who parried it out for a corner.

Leicester got a freekick 40 yards out just before halftime following a great Mahrez run from his own half. Fuchs blasted it into the Norwich wall and it went out for a throw.

A goalless first half came to an end as Leicester just about gained the upper hand by controlling possession and playing out a few more dangerous attacks. However Norwich’s best chances came from a Norwich corner as Cameron Jerome’s well won header just glides past the far post.

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Leicester started the second half well with Marhez winning a freekick outside the opposition box. Albrighton knocked it in towards goal, but failed to reach any players dressed in blue.

For the second time this half Mahrez wins Leicester a freekick in a dangerous position. Drinkwater cheekily laid the ball off for Vardy who powered it low and hard towards goal. However Ruddy had no trouble making the save.

As Leicester often find themselives in the Norwich half, great bit of tikki-takka football from Mahrez, Okazaki and Kante who passed themselves into Norwich’s penalty area.

Leicester made two changes in the 70th as Jeffrey Schlupp came on for Shinji Okazaki and N’Golo Kante made way for Andy King. With these changes Albrighton moved into the right midfield position occupied previously by Riyad Mahrez, who moved into the centre behind Vardy, and Jeffrey Schlupp took his place in the vacant left midfield position in front of Fuchs.

77 minutes in Leonardo Ulloa came on for the youngster Amartey, as Leicester final change and final hope at a 1-0 clincher. The first time starter Daniel Amarety played a solid game not giving Scottish national Stephen Naismith much space to cause Leicester any problems on the left.

With 10 minutes to go Schmeichel had to make a diving save to keep out Nathan Redmond’s cross following a foul by Christian Fuchs near the corner flag.

On the 88 minute mark Leo Ulloa scored a low Marc Alrbrighton cross. The ball missed two Norwich defenders as well as Jamie Vardy, but Ulloa appears at the far post and pops it in to make it 1-0 Leicester City FC.

Norwich gave the Leicester supporters a scare in the 92nd as Patrick Bamford managed to get a shot off on the edge of the box following a Norwich corner.

Once again Leicester managed a late winner which keeps them atop the Premier League table, 5 points clear over both Tottenham and Arsenal.

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LEICESTER: Schmeichel; Huth; Morgan; Fuchs; Amartey(Ulloa, 78); Albrighton; Kante(King, 70); Drinkwater; Mahrez; Okazaki(Schlupp, 70); Vardy. SUBS: Schwarzer; Gray; Dyer; Wasilewski.

NORWICH: Ruddy; Klose(Mbokani 90); Bennett; Martin; Pinto; Howson; Brady; Tettey; Redmond; Jerome(Bamford 90); Naismith(Jarvis 82). SUBS: Rudd; Olson Mulumbu; O’Neil.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Asst Referee: Scott Ledgar, Harry Lennard

Fourth Official Stuart Atwell

Attendance: Total: 32,114 (Away: 3,332)

Ulloa scores in 1-0 win over Norwich

BY DECLAN SHEPHERD

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Substitute Leonardo Ulloa scored a late winner as Leicester City beat Norwich City 1-0 in the Premier League.

Ulloa tapped in at the back post from a Marc Albrighton cross in front of over 32,000 fans at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The result means Leicester City move 5 points clear at the top of the table with their closest rivals not in action until Sunday.

Leicester made their first team change in 8 matches with Daniel Amartey making his debut for the suspended Danny Simpson while Alex Tettey returned to the visiting midfield.

Both sides started brightly, Cameron Jerome thwarted by Peter Schmeichel before Shinji Okazaki’s back heel flick was blocked on the line.

Norwich began the game tight and deep, keeping ten behind the ball, restricting Leicester to long range chances in the opening quarter including two over the top from Albrighton.

Unable to capitalise on their chances, the Foxes slowly allowed the Canaries into the game as they pressed higher up the pitch.

Further chances fell to Albrighton and Jerome with the Leicester winger glancing a header wide from a free kick with just John Ruddy to beat, matched moments later by Jerome from a rare Norwich corner.

Leicester started the 2nd half on top, Riyad Mahrez drawing a foul from Steven Naismith who earned the first yellow of the match, soon followed by Ryan Bennett for a rash challenge on Jamie Vardy.

Albrighton again injected some life into the game after a slow third quarter, forcing a save from Ruddy with another effort from distance before manager Claudio Ranieri brought on Andy King and Jeffrey Schlupp for Okazki and N’Golo Kante.

The Foxes final subsititution, Ulloa on for Amartey, saw the home side switch to a 3-4-3 as they looked for a late winner.

The gamble nearly back fired after Nathan Redmond’s shot flew narrowly wide with just over 5 minutes remaining but ultimately paid off.

A low cross from the right by Albrighton appeared to fall to no-one before Ulloa pounced at the back post to finish in an unguarded goal.

Mahrez looked lively throughout, constantly switching wings but was rarely a threat for Ruddy or the Canaries defence.

Vardy, looking for his 20th goal of the season, was kept quiet by the packed Norwich defence and struggled to link up with strike partners Okazaki or Mahrez for much of the game.

His best chance came for a 30 yard free kick saved low to the right by Ruddy just before the hour mark.

 

 

 

 

Foxes snatch late winner from resolute Canaries

– By Ben Clarke

A late winner from substitute Leonardo Ulloa kept the Foxes top of the pile with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City hot on their tails.

Norwich City had been tough to break down and even had chances of their own until the 88th minute when Marc Albrighton put in a low cross, which left last seasons top scorer with a simple tap in.

The league leaders Leicester City made one change from the side that lost to Arsenal two weeks ago with Daniel Amartey replacing the suspended Danny Simpson, to make his debut.

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City’s first attack came with Jamie Vardy who broke to the byline inside the box before finding Shinji Okazaki whose effort was blocked and cleared by Russell Martin.

The early pressure didn’t let up when Marc Albrighton’s cut back was turned agonisingly wide by Ryan Bennett.

26 minutes in and the first bit of magic from Mahrez who turned two defenders before his shot was blocked and teed up to Albirghton, from the ever impressive N’Golo Kante, who fired over.

Albrighton went close again when his in-swinging free kick found no one but went inches wide of the far hand post.

Norwich’s best chance of the half fell to Jerome who headed Robbie Brady’s corner just wide.

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Mahrez provided a great bit of trickery early in the second half, drawing a foul from Bennett 25-yards-out and Danny Drinkwater’s lay off to Vardy was saved low by John Ruddy.

Two changes for the home side came with 20 minutes to go, with Okazaki and Kante being replaced by Andy King and Jeff Schlupp, who scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

77 minutes in came the Foxes last change with Leonardo Ulloa coming on for Amartey with the blues trying to press for the winner that would keep them top.

Redmond came close to nicking a lead for the Canaries in the 83rd minute when his long range effort flew narrowly past the right hand post.

On the 88th minute Leicester finally had their break through as a cutting low cross from Albrighton who put it on a plate for Leonardo Ulloa who tapped in from close range.

There was one late scare for the league leaders when substitute Patrick Bamford, on for Jerome, fired wide after Leicester failed to clear their lines.

 

 

Leicester City Vs Norwich City 27/02/16 3 pm k.o. 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Harry Lennard

Fourth official: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 32,114 (3,332 away)

Leicester FC’s title push continues

BY JACK GRAY

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Leicester City’s push for the title took a major boost as a late Leonardo Ulloa winner helped them overcome Norwich City 1-0 in a closely fought match in the February cold at the King Power stadium.

The 88th minute winner came after a tight first half ended goalless with the best opportunities falling to Leicester’s Marc Albrighton, shooting over from 20 yards, and Norwich’s Cameron Jerome who headed just wide from a corner.

A dull but closely fought second half followed with neither side able to fashion out many decent chances, until Ulloa stabbed in Albrighton’s low cross unmarked at the back post.

The game started physically with both teams trying to find their rhythm in the opening exchanges until Nathan Redmond put Cameron Jerome through on goal in the 9th minute, but a poor touch allowed the Leicester goalkeeper to rush out and smother the chance.

This kick started the Leicester team into life with Huth heading over, Ryan Bennett being fortunate not to turn the ball into his own net after a low cross from Mark Albrighton, and Albrighton spurning a good chance himself from 20 years after a poor clearance from Timm Klose.

Halfway through the first half Norwich started to find themselves getting more into the game, their best chance of the half coming in the 38th minute with Cameron Jerome heading just wide from a corner.

Nathan Redmond then forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel from a tight angle before a penalty appeal for handball against Wes Morgan fell on deaf ears, as Norwich finished the first half strongly.

The second half began as the first had, neither side able to carve out any clear chances until the 58th minute, with Jamie Vardy forcing a save from John Ruddy, shooting low and hard after a Danny Drinkwater lay off from a free kick.

A previously muted Leicester crowd found their voice as Leicester pushed for a goal, Albrighton finding acres of space on the edge of the Norwich area, but his low effort was easily saved by Ruddy.

A remarkably dull 20 minutes followed, a Vardy half chance from a cross from the recently introduced Jeffrey Schlupp was the most notable moment until Nathan Redmond powered a shot from oustide the area just wide of Schmeichel’s left hand post in the 83rd minute.

Finally a winner was found as  Ulloa steamed in at the back post to prod in Albrighton’s cross and cement Leicester’s lead at the top of the Premier League.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Leicester manager: Claudio Ranieri

Norwich manager: Alex Neil

Saturday 27 March 15:00

Attendance: 32,114