Leicester City have completed the “Great Escape” as the Foxes secured a 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Saturday to secure their Premier League status after spending 140 days on the bottom of the table.
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Nigel Pearson’s men battled hard away at Sunderland and despite only having a good chance early on that Leonardo Ulloa missed, the Foxes stayed up.
As for Sunderland, the Black Cats need one more point from their final two games to secure safety as Dick Advocaat’s side could have easily won this match but Sebastian Larsson’s free kick and Adam Johnson’s effort was saved wonderfully by Kasper Schmeichel.
With the point Leicester is on 38 points and sit in 14th place, as their incredible run of six wins and a draw from their last eight games propelled them up the table, while Sunderland are on 37 points and sit in 16th.
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The first chance of the match came courtesy of a Larsson free kick form long-range which bounced just in front of Schmeichel but Leicester’s goalkeeper saved brilliantly.
In the 10th minute Jeffrey Schlupp’s fantastic cross from the left caused havoc and Marc Albrighton headed the ball across the goal but Ulloa couldn’t quite get on the end of it.
Danny Graham was causing all kinds of problems for Leicester and the striker had his shot pushed away by Schmeichel but as the first half played out Leicester began to look increasingly dangerous on the counter.
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In the second half Sunderland tried to switch things up as Johnson came off the bench. In the 62nd minute Patrick van Aanholt came so close to putting the Black Cats ahead. The Dutch full back flashed an effort wide of the goal as Advocaat’s men pushed for a winner late on.
Johnson then jinxed inside from the right but Schmeichel saved his effort at the near post as the Mackems fans tried to roar their team on to victory. Steven Fletcher sent a header just wide with less than 10 minutes on the clock and then Kramaric lobbed an effort over after a mix-up at the back from Sunderland.
In the end both sides settled for a draw as the Foxes stayed up and Sunderland is one point from securing their top-flight status.
Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones (Reveillere, 86′), Coates, O’Shea, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Bridcutt (Johnson, 60′); Defoe, Graham (Fletcher, 80′), Wickham.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan; Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Mahrez (Drinkwater, 67′), Ulloa (Kramaric, 75′), Vardy.