Marc Albrighton

Man City slides third with loss to Leicester

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  • Bernardo scores early
  • Albrighton levels it
  • Ricardo wins it for Foxes
  • Delph sent off

Ricardo’s outstanding second half goal gave hosts Leicester City a memorable win as Manchester City lost for the second-straight match and dipped to third on the Premier League table with a 2-1 loss at King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.

Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira scored for Leicester City, who moves 7th with 28 points.

Fabian Delph was given a late red card for Man City, who led 1-0 through a Bernardo Silva goal.

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City broke Leicester down for the first time in the 14th minute, with Bernardo finishing his chance after Aymeric Laporte‘s incisive pass was flicked into his path by Sergio Aguero.

Albrighton surprised Ederson and City to make it 1-1 with a picture perfect header across goal and inside the far post in the 20th minute. Jamie Vardy‘s cross served as the assist.

City had several big chances to make it 2-1, but the biggest threat of the remaining play came when Ederson had to stop Jamie Vardy and Hamza Choudhury.

The 82nd minute found the winner, as Sane cleared a Leicester City corner kick just outside the 18. Ricardo settled it then hit a seeing-eye rocket through a sea of players and inside the far post to give Leicester a fairly deserved lead.

Aguero was particularly wasteful on the day, still finding his rhythm after a break from the team.

By the way, Pep, this stat ain’t that legendary:

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League Cup: Man City wins in PKs; Burton upsets Boro

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It took penalty kicks to separate Leicester City and Man City, while Middlesbrough was booed off the pitch after 90 minutes of an upset loss as the first two quarterfinals of the League Cup were played Tuesday in England.

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Leicester City 1-1 (1-3, PKs) Man City

A bungling batch of penalties ended an entertaining quarterfinal at King Power Stadium, and the reigning champions are alive for their third League Cup in four years.

Christian Fuchs airmailed Leicester City’s second attempt of penalty kicks, but Raheem Sterling chipped his ensuing panenka over the bar for Man City.

It was three-straight misses when Man City’s Arijanet Muric saved James Maddison‘s tame low effort and then nabbed Caglar Soyuncu’s shot to cue up Oleksandar Zinchenko for the winner.

Before that, we learned that Kevin De Bruyne can ball.

Okay, that’s not news, though we haven’t been able to see it in sometime thanks to a pair of knee injuries.

De Bruyne had played just 251 minutes heading into Tuesday’s League Cup quarterfinal at Leicester City, though he’s looking plenty sharp.

Watch the Manchester City midfielder cut his mark with a clever back leg move, then sweep a shot through a defender’s legs and past the reach of Leicester backstop Danny Ward.

It’s delightful stuff. Watch it here.

No sooner had De Bruyne left the contest after 70 minutes, Leicester City restored the stalemate via Marc Albrighton. The veteran midfielder collected a Wilfred Ndidi over-the-top pass with style before lashing past Arijanet Muric.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Burton Albion

There goes Tony Pulis‘ Boro outfit thanks to a strike from Southampton loanee Jake Hesketh, as Burton Albion trumped the ol’ West Bromwich Albion coach at his own game.

The League One side is the only non-Premier League team left in the tournament, and will now face either Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, or Bournemouth in the semifinals.

Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City: Eagles chew up 10-man Foxes

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  • Goal, assist for Zaha
  • Draws red from Albrighton
  • Palace goes 12th

Wilfried Zaha was the star of the show as Crystal Palace battered Leicester City 5-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Zaha had a goal, an assist, and drew a second-half red card, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, James McArthur, Christian Benteke, and Patrick Van Aanholt also scored for the Eagles.

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James Tomkins almost put Palace ahead, but Kelechi Iheanacho reacted well to clear off the line.

The Eagles returned the goal line clearance pain with Stephen Ward blocking Jamie Vardy‘s bid to stay hot.

Zaha put Palace in front on the back end of three terrific passes from Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Yohan Cabaye, then Andros Townsend to Zaha for a slick finish.

Ben Hamer made a low left-handed save in the 29th minute to deny Zaha a second.

McArthur made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, turning Zaha’s pass to slide a smooth finish behind Hamer.

Mike Dean effectively ended any comeback hopes with an easy red card to Marc Albrighton, who took down Zaha as last man back.

Loftus-Cheek got a deserved goal, Patrick van Aanholt netted, and a Christian Benteke penalty rounded out the scoring in the final 10 minutes.

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Leicester City 1-1 Bournemouth: Must-see Mahrez

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  • King wins, converts PK
  • Mahrez buries stoppage time free kick
  • Leicester three points behind seventh

Riyad Mahrez scored in the sixth (of four) minutes of stoppage time as Leicester City drew Bournemouth 1-1 at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Bournemouth led on a Joshua King penalty kick, but finishes the day with 33 points (11th).

Leicester City is now three points back of Burnley in the race for seventh. The two sides play April 14 at Turf Moor.

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The match had a vivid start, with Leicester whipping crosses into the mix and the Cherries wasting an exciting counter attack.

Marc Albrighton should have been Man of the Match in Leicester’s last outing, but a mix-up with King gave the Bournemouth man a penalty kick. King converted, 1-0.

Jamie Vardy helped lead the Leicester wake-up call after halftime, though his work around the hour mark wasn’t rewarded when Ben Chilwell missed a chance.

Mahrez answered that call improbably deep into stoppage time

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West Ham 1-1 Leicester: Hammers marginally improved

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  • Kouyate brings Hammers back in 45′
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The tangible takeaway was small — a single point — but the overall sentiment appeared my larger for West Ham United, as David Moyes‘ side came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the London Stadium on Friday.

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It didn’t take long for the Hammers’ boo birds to re-emerge and for the spotlight to return squarely — and blisteringly hotly — onto the club’s (already, after two games) beleaguered manager. Jamie Vardy broke down the left side of the penalty area, cut a left-footed cross back toward the penalty spot, and Marc Albrighton arrived at the right time to redirect the ball through traffic with an outstretched right foot.

Kasper Schmichael was forced to make one spectacular save during the first half, in the 25th minute. Manuel Lanzini‘s free kick floated to Angelo Ogbonna at the back post, where the Italian headed downward and inside the post. Schmichael quickly scrambled across the face of goal and pushed the ball away with two hands.

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Then, the strangest event occurred: for just the sixth time in 25 games since relocation in the summer of 2016, West Ham scored a first-half goal — with only seconds to spare. Again, it was a set piece from which the Hammers posed their greatest threat. Lanzini lofted another beautiful ball to the top of Schmichael’s six-yard box, this time from a corner kick, where Cheikhou Kouyate rose above the rest and headed the ball off the back of Danny Simpson and into the back of the net.

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With the two sides seemingly pleased to split the points, the second half featured very little notable action — in terms of scoring chances, that is.

Riyad Mahrez, who spent all summer trying to engineer a move away from Leicester, was subbed out by manager Claude Puel in the 70th minute. The Algerian international and 2015-16 Player of the Year appeared to be far from pleased, as he and Puel made no eye contact nor gave any acknowledgement of one another when Mahrez walked past Puel and made his way to the bench. Rekindled rumors are right around the corner.

The draw leaves West Ham (10 points), who are now six games without a win, 18th in the league table, now level on points with West Bromwich Albion who currently sit just outside the relegation zone. Leicester (14 points), meanwhile, leapfrogged Newcastle United for 11th.