Jamie Vardy

Leicester City 1-1 Swansea: Foxes frustrated by Fernandez

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  • Vardy scores 11th of season
  • Fernandez levels off corner kick
  • Swans sit 17th, Foxes 8th

Jamie Vardy‘s early goal had many thinking “No Mahrez, no problem,” but Swansea City answered the bell in a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Federico Fernandez was the man to provide Swans a crucial point, as they sit 17th after picking up their 24th of the season. Leicester fails to leapfrog drawing Burnley, and is a point back of 7th.

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Harry Maguire helped Kelechi Iheanacho to space and a dribble, with the Nigerian then executing a deft pass to slip Vardy on goal for 1-0 before the match was 20 minutes old.

Leicester had a couple more dynamite chances in the first half hour, including a Wilfred Ndidi goal which appeared to be called back for offside since referee Anthony Taylor initially missed the raised flag.

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Forgive yourself if you doubted Carlos Carvalhal’s comeback acumen, but Fernandez made the most of a dipping Ki Sung Yeung corner to bring the visitors level.

PL AT HALF: Goals everywhere… but Old Trafford

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Five Premier League matches are at the break, with goals in every one but the one many expected a bevy of home markers.

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Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham United

Glenn Murray scored on a 1v1 chance early, but Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored a beautiful equalizer in the 30th minute.

Leicester City 1-0 Swansea City

Jamie Vardy took a delightful feed from Kelechi Iheanacho to give the Foxes a deserved lead at the King Power Stadium.

Bournemouth 0-1 Stoke City

Badou Ndiaye has a near-goal, an assist, and a yellow card in a starring debut which saw him cue up Xherdan Shaqiri for an excellent headed goal.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Southampton

Ahmed Hegazi boosted a header home to open the scoring, but Saints promising midfielder Mario Lemina scored a peach to level the score.  Jack Stephens then made amends for losing Hegazi on the opener by scoring in an unlikely run of goals for the defender.

Manchester United 0-0 Huddersfield Town

The one match in which home goals seemed a certainty has seen nothing at either end, though United had a clear but unawarded penalty shout for Scott McTominay, starting for Paul Pogba.

Everton 2-1 Leicester City: Walcott leads with two

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  • Walcott gets first two EFC goals
  • Everton three back of eighth
  • Vardy scores PK
  • Leicester drops behind Burnley

Theo Walcott scored twice as Everton moved up the table with a 2-1 win over Riyad Mahrez-less Leicester City on Wednesday at Goodison Park.

Jamie Vardy pulled back a goal late on a Wilfred Ndidi-won penalty kick, but Leicester’s loss dropped it into 8th. The Foxes are just three points ahead of ninth place Everton.

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Walcott gave Everton an early shot on target and corner kick, but Leicester made a quick impact too when Wilfried Ndidi headed a chance off the cross bar.

Two 2017-18 additions teamed up for a goal before the half hour mark, as Gylfi Sigurdsson cued Walcott up for the opener.

Walcott then connected off a headed pass from another Toffees’ new boy: Michael Keane. 2-0 at Goodison. Dreamland.

Leicester earned a penalty just as the result felt academic. Wayne Rooney pulled down Ndidi, and Vardy did what he usually does from the spot. 2-1.

Was a comeback well and truly on? It appeared so, as Kelechi Iheanacho twice hit the frame with the game nearing its final 10 minutes.

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Leicester City 2-0 Watford: Vardy, Mahrez lead Foxes 7th

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  • Vardy wins, converts PK
  • Mahrez puts win to bed
  • Fifth-straight Leicester clean sheet
  • Foxes go 7th
  • Watford one win in 11 PL matches

Claude Puel‘s Leicester City revolution remains pointed upward, as the Foxes moved seventh with a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored for Leicester City, whose 34 points are level with Burnley.

The loss leaves the Hornets just three points clear of the drop zone with 26 points.

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An early chance for Jamie Vardy was denied by Watford backstop Orestis Karnezis, and Shinji Okazaki couldn’t sort himself for the rebound.

The Hornets asserted themselves in looking for an equalizer, as Marco Silva made changes and had three strikers on the pitch at the end of the match.

Karnezis made a two-fisted stop on Wilfried Ndidi as the match neared 90 minutes, allowing Watford late oxygen.

The hope was suffocated by Mahrez’s strike minutes later, as Leicester moved up the table again when Adrien Silva played the Algerian through to dazzle with a fine goal.

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Leicester 2-2 Man United: Foxes rob Red Devils late

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  • Mahrez-to-Vardy flashbacks to 2015-16
  • Mata brings United level before HT
  • Mata’s free kick makes it 2-1
  • Maguire steals a point in 94′

Manchester United fell a goal behind early, came back to within seconds beat Leicester City courtesy of two goals scored by Juan Mata, but were punished for not putting the game beyond reach and ultimately dropped two points on Saturday at the King Power Stadium.

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The result sees Jose Mourinho’s second-place side fall to 13 points off the pace of runaway league leaders Manchester City, who won in convincing fashion (again) on Saturday.

The game’s opening goal, scored by the Foxes in the 27th minutes, was as on-brand as any goal in PL history. Demarai Gray sent Riyad Mahrez through into acres of open field with a long diagonal ball over the top. Mahrez ran onto it, raced to the top of the 18-yard box, held up play very briefly and slotted the perfect through ball for Jamie Vardy to slide past David De Gea first-time.

Thus, Vardy’s 50th PL goal adds to his sublime scoring record against the league’s top-six sides.

Leicester’s lead wouldn’t quite survive until halftime, though, as Juan Mata drew the Red Devils level in the 40th minute. He needed a bit of good fortune — and perhaps the slightest of deflections — to squeeze his left-footed effort between two Leicester defenders and tuck it just inside Kasper Schmeichel‘s left-hand post, and he got it.

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The second half’s opening 10 minutes began in frantic fashion, as each side failed to convert a golden opportunity on opposite ends of the field within 30 seconds of one another.

Christian Fuchs had a nearly open-net chance before Victor Lindelof scrambled across the face of goal to get in the way and make the block. United immediately raced down the other end of the field, where Romelu Lukaku picked out Anthony Martial with a perfectly-placed ball toward the penalty spot, but the Frenchman blazed his shot over the crossbar, and both sides came up empty.

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United wouldn’t wait long for another scoring chance, though the degree of difficulty would be far greater than Martial’s miss moments earlier. Mata delicately lifted his free kick over the leaping wall from the edge of the box. Schmeichel didn’t react until three-quarters of the way through the ball’s flight, at which point he had no chance of making the save.

Lukaku turned playmaker once again int he 72nd minute, when he slotted another through ball into a dangerous area, this time for Jesse Lingard. The hard part had been done already — Lingard rounded Schmeichel with ease — but the post denied what appeared a surefire goal to hand United a two-goal lead.

Daniel Amartey earned himself a pair of yellow cards just 17 minutes apart after coming on just before the hour mark, reducing Leicester to 10 men. Marcus Rashford let another open-net chance get away from United, as he stumbled over his own feet and hit the ground after rounding Schmeichel himself, and United were made to pay for not putting the game to bed.

Marc Albrighton lofted a hopeful ball into a dangerous spot inside the six-yard box, and Harry Maguire slid in at the back post to poke it past De Gea in the 94th minute, with what appeared to be fewer than 20 seconds of stoppage time remaining.