Leicester 2-0 Sunderland: Foxes win sixth-straight game

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  • Slimani, Vardy score late goals
  • Albrighton with two assists
  • Vardy has 5 goals in 5 PL games
  • Foxes make it five-straight PL wins

Leicester City beat Sunderland 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday as Craig Shakespeare’s incredible start to life in charge of the Foxes continues.

Sunderland battled hard but two second half goals from Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy secured a sixth-straight win for Leicester in all competitions since Claudio Ranieri was fired ans Shakespeare took over.

With the win, their fifth-straight in the PL, the Foxes now have 36 points and are in 10th place, while Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom of the table and looked destined for relegation after a fifth defeat in their last six games.

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Demarai Gray caused Sunderland’s defense plenty of problems early on as his cross from the left found Shinji Okazaki whose effort at the near post squirmed just wide.

Sunderland settled into the game and whipped in a few dangerous cross to test the Foxes and then Leicester went close as Robert Huth‘s header was punched over the bar by Jordan Pickford after he initially hesitated to come and collect Riyad Mahrez‘s free kick from the right.

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Before half time Sunderland had a real shout for a penalty kick as a low corner flicked up and appeared to hit Huth’s hand but referee Jon Moss waved away penalty calls.

Sunderland poured forward time and time again with Leicester struggling to contain the Black Cats, but Pickford pulled out a wonderful save to deny Gray’s long-range effort curling into the far corner.

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Jermain Defoe then had a decent effort as his snapshot was saved by Kasper Schmeichel with Sunderland continuing to impress.

Leicester had a decent chance when Mahrez’s cross to the back post which was flicked away from Vardy by Lamine Kone at the vital moment.

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The Foxes took the lead with just over 20 minutes to go as the double sub worked perfectly for Shakespeare.

Albrighton was given too much time on the left flank and he cut inside on his right foot and picked out fellow sub Slimani at the back post who nodded home. 1-0 to the Foxes.

Sunderland came agonizingly close late on as sub Victor Anichebe hit the post with a deflected effort and then Defoe’s follow up went wide.

Moments later another Albrighton cross came in and Vardy finished clinically with his left foot to put the result beyond doubt.

2-0 to the Foxes as a bad week for David Moyes got worse.

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

Men in Blazers POD: FA Cup recap, UCL final preview and more

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Long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will leave Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.

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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.

In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.

Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.

Wolfsburg keeps Bundesliga spot with playoff win

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Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.

Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.