Leicester City 1-2 West Brom: Drinkwater mistake dooms Leicester home streak

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  • West Brom took the lead through Morrison
  • Leicester got back level straight away from Slimani
  • Baggies won it as Phillips pounced on a mistake

Of all the teams to break the streak, it’s 17th placed West Brom.

Leicester City was beaten at home for the first time in 20 league matches after Danny Drinkwater gifted Matt Phillips the game winner with 18 minutes to go.

West Brom nearly struck just two minutes in, as Phillips snatched the ball off the Foxes in their own half, but he fired wide on the break. The visitors looked the more dangerous through 20 minutes, with James Morrison finding Chris Brunt on a run, forcing Ron-Robert Zieler off his line to make an important stop off his line.

Leicester slowly worked their way forward, and finally had a big chance on net just before the half-hour mark when Riyad Mahrez lashed a ball in from the right looking for Islam Slimani, but it just missed the striker’s diving head, and Gareth McCauley made sure it was cleared back out.

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That was just about it for the first half, as neither side threatened much in the opening 45 minutes. With few chances up front, Leicester City boss Claudio Raneiri brought on Jamie Vardy for the second half in place of Shinji Okazaki. Despite this, West Brom remained the most dangerous side in the opening minutes of the second half.

The Baggies would take advantage and strike first for a deserved lead. They switched the ball out wide right to Phillips, and he fizzed in another slicing cross that met the head of James Morrison who redirected it inside the far post.

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The goal woke the Foxes, and they would respond immediately. Just three minutes after West Brom led, Mahrez sent in a cross, and somehow, none of the four West Brom defenders saw Slimani sneak past them to meet the ball with his head completely unmarked. There was no chance for Ben Foster to save it and Leicester pulled level.

The Foxes nearly had another just two minutes later, as Ahmed Musa burst past his defender and into the left edge of the box. He looked for the cutback as Vardy lay in waiting at the penalty spot, but Jonny Evans got just a slight nick of the pass, wrong-footing Vardy and ending the opportunity.

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West Brom continued to prove dangerous on set-pieces, with Craig Dawson forcing a save from Zieler on a corner. The next corner saw the ball nearly poked in again before being cleared. That was a foreshadow, as the Baggies would go back in front on a huge mistake by Danny Drinkwater.

The English midfielder tried to pass back to Zieler from the halfway line, and he didn’t get nearly enough on it, instead gifting Phillips a free one-on-one. The summer signing grabbed his first goal for the club by dinking the ball in as Zieler closed, retaking the lead for the visitors with 18 minutes to go. They nearly gave it back yet again, as Dawson came close to putting one into his own net, and Jamie Vardy moments later should have scored on the end of a cross from Christian Fuchs.

Leicester pressed looking to keep their home record unscathed, and Andy King had a big chance to head home a Mahrez cross, but put it right at Foster.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

[ MORE: Rodgers talks down Maguire sale ]


PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

[ MORE: Who is Newcastle’s new $50M forward? ]

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

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DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

[ MORE: Who is Newcastle’s new $50M forward? ]

Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).