Leicester City wins as new manager Rodgers looks on (video)

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  • Vardy scores 9th of season
  • Gray instrumental for Foxes
  • Leicester fired Puel earlier this week

Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy scored as Leicester City topped Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 on Tuesday at the King Power Stadium.

New manager Brendan Rodgers was in the stands for the win, which saw the Foxes pull to within five points of seventh place Wolves and Watford.

Brighton is just three points clear of the drop zone.

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Gray’s goal came after 10 minutes, with Wilfried Ndidi winning possession for Leicester and sending Youri Tielemans on his way to setting up the opener.

It could’ve been 2-0 in short order had Mat Ryan not made a nice save on Gray.

That seemingly snapped Brighton to life, and Pascal Gross‘ deflected offering made Kasper Schmeichel react quickly to keep Leicester in front.

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Leicester doubled its lead through Vardy, who likely will have reveled in returning to the score sheet following his tumultuous relationship with the fired Claude Puel.

This was very much a team goal, with Tielemans, Ricardo Pereira, and James Maddison all part of the build-up.

That’s when Brighton pulled a goal back through Davy Propper, his first Premier League marker coming when he took a touch off a deflected cross and beat Schmeichel.

Lewis Dunk wasn’t too far from equalizing with a header, but Leicester held onto its lead as the match reached its final quarter hour.

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Son scores again as Spurs beat Foxes (video)

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  • Spurs third team this season to reach 60 points
  • Foxes play well, but finish six points off seventh
  • Son scores again, Eriksen bags beauty

Heung-Min Son‘s 11th goal of the season put a cap on Tottenham Hotspur’s action-packed 3-1 defeat of Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Davinson Sanchez and Christian Eriksen also scored for Spurs — Eriksen’s a true spectacle (above) — who sit five points back of leaders Liverpool and meet the Reds on March 31.

Son’s 11 goals have come in his last 13 league matches dating back to Nov. 24. Crucially, he’s been red-hot in the absence of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Jamie Vardy scored his 100th senior goal after missing a penalty with his first touch of the game for Leicester City, who remains 12th on the table.

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Harry Maguire nodded a long free kick on frame, and Hugo Lloris had to slap it over the bar in the name of safety. The ensuing ninth minutes corner was popped over the frame, and Spurs were off the hook.

Harvey Barnes pulled a Leicester shot wide of the far post off a James Maddison feed moments later.

The other side saw a penalty shout become a yellow card to Heung-min Son for simulation after Maguire got a piece of his ankle in the box and Son hit the deck. If it would’ve been awarded, you’d say Son embellished but the contact was sloppy. Shoulder shrug emoji.

Danny Rose continued a fine run of form in the early stages, and had an 18th minute run and shot foiled by Kasper Schmeichel‘s right arm.

A designed set piece allowed Spurs to break through in the 34th, as Christian Eriksen spotted a just onside Sanchez for a 33rd minute header. The goal was the Colombian’s first for Spurs.

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Leicester’s second half was much improved, with Ben Chilwell getting a left-footed shot on target.

That’s when Jamie Vardy got his final instructions, but he wasn’t introduced until after James Maddison won the Foxes their penalty after coming together with Jan Vertonghen.

Vardy came on for Gray, and Maddison gave him the ball. His first touch of the game came from the spot, and Lloris saved the effort!

Three minutes later, Ricardo Pereira‘s clearance skills doomed Leicester for a second-straight week. His effort his Oliver Skipp and wound up on the boot of Eriksen, who ripped a classy long strike past Schmeichel.

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Lloris then stopped a hard Barnes drive at the other end, as the Foxes did not quit.

And Vardy got his goal anyway, sliding in front of Toby Alderweireld to get onto the end of a Pereira cross from the right.

Just as Leicester seemed prepared for stoppage time heroics, Son dribbled the better part of 60 yards after meeting a Moussa Sissoko clearance. He beat Schmeichel 1v1 from outside the 18 to close out the win.

Man Utd resists Leicester charge to win again (video)

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  • Spectacular Pogba pass cues up Rashford (video)
  • Solskjaer remains unbeaten as Man Utd boss
  • Leicester out-attempts Utd 17-10

A ninth-minute goal was just enough for Manchester United, who held off a hard second-half charge from Leicester City to post a 1-0 win at King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Paul Pogba set up Marcus Rashford for the lone goal, as United pulls ahead of Arsenal before the latter faces Man City at the Etihad Stadium. The Red Devils are currently two points back of fourth-place Chelsea.

Leicester remains 11th with 32 points, six points back of seventh-place Wolves.

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Luke Shaw found Marcus Rashford in the fifth minute with an incisive cross to the back post, but the young English forward popped a high-probability header over the goal.

Rashford scored on his second chance, a silly giveaway from Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira allowing Paul Pogba to send a delightful ball over the top that the striker settled and finished with class.

It stayed 1-0 past halftime. David De Gea reacted quickly to stop Jamie Vardy‘s acrobatic volley of a free kick that popped forward off the wall.

And substitute Romelu Lukaku stung a shot off Schmeichel in the 86th.

Harvey Barnes zipped down the left to set up Vardy near the penalty spot, but the English striker couldn’t get enough on his first touch hit to really trouble De Gea.

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WATCH: Spectacular Pogba pass helps Manchester United to early lead

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Perhaps fittingly on Super Bowl Sunday, Paul Pogba turned quarterback and dropped a dime in the bucket.

The Manchester United wizard took advantage of a very poor pass by Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira to set up Marcus Rashford for a ninth minute goal at the King Power Stadium.

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Pogba collects the wayward pass and his first touch takes an awkward turn. But the Frenchman still manages to loft a spinning pass over the top of the Leicester defense.

Rashford collects it in stride and clinically lashes past Kasper Schmeichel.

Considering he missed a very good chance moments earlier, it’s no surprise he finished this one. And what a pass!

Ungiven penalty leaves Klopp seething after Liverpool draw

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot understand why his men weren’t given a penalty when Naby Keita was taken down in the box during the second half of a 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Wednesday.

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“It was probably the clearest penalty situation we have had,” Klopp said. “The ref was in the best position on the pitch. You will have to ask him why he didn’t give a penalty. You cannot change it.”

Ricardo Pereira stepped on the side of Keita’s back foot as the Liverpool midfielder attempted to flick a ball with the outside of his front peg, but referee Martin Atkinson was not impressed with the shout.

Klopp won’t like the reaction of Leicester City boss Claude Puel when asked if it was a penalty. Puel said, “Are you a Liverpool fan? I think we had the right decision from the referee. There is no excuse for Liverpool.”

Yeah, Claude, except it sure looked like a penalty from nearly every angle. The Reds got a bum call on Wednesday.