Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City

19 Mar

Leicester have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League after sealing a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.


Match Reports: Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester CityMatch Reports: Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City

The Foxes made a bright start to the match against an out-of-form Palace, who have now gone 13 league matches without a win and have lost their last six at home.

Shinji Okazaki created the first real opportunity of the match when he drove to the by-line before crossing narrowly over the head of Riyad Mahrez.

The league leaders continued to apply the pressure at Selhurst Park and Mahrez again was the man played through this time by Danny Drinkwater, although his shot was well saved by the legs of Wayne Hennessey.

Palace eventually managed to test Kasper Schmeichel just after the half-hour mark when Yannick Bolasie beat two players before seeing a drilled effort turned away.

However, it was Claudio RanieriÂ’s side who were to take the lead in the 34th minute when Jamie Vardy broke down the left and drilled the ball across the six-yard box for an unmarked Mahrez to sweep home.

Alan Pardew made two changes at the break with Bakary Sako and Martin Kelly coming on for Emanuel Adebayor and Pape Souare.

Sako was happy to hit shots from anywhere on the field and saw a number of attempts fly well wide in the early stages of the second period.

Leicester were unlucky not to add to their tally as Okazaki had two great chances which both fizzed just wide of the goal frame.

The home side enjoyed a strong finish to the clash, with Damien Delaney denied by the crossbar in injury time, but Leicester picked up another clean sheet as they showed some real grit to hang on.

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