Leicester City 1-0 Newcastle United

15 Mar

Shinji OkazakiÂ’s spectacular effort gave Leicester a 1-0 win over Newcastle to restore their five-point lead at the top of the table.


Match Reports: Leicester City 1-0 Newcastle UnitedMatch Reports: Leicester City 1-0 Newcastle United

The Foxes went into the game at the King Power Stadium having witnessed Tottenham keep the pressure on their position at the top of the Premier League table by winning 2-0 at bottom side Aston Villa on Sunday.

And a shaky start, they took the lead courtesy of a great strike from Japan international, Okazaki, and then spent large spells of the second half keeping things tight in order to collect the three points.

Leicester again sit five points clear of Spurs with eight games remaining, while Arsenal are 11 points adrift in third.

Rafael Benitez, in his first game in charge of Newcastle, will be disappointed not to have picked up a result as the Magpies stay second-bottom, a point from safety.

Newcastle started like a side with new manager syndrome as they raced out of the blocks and went close in the fourth minute when Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic combined in the area and the ball rolled to Ayoze Perez who scuffed his effort just wide.

The visitors continued to press and Moussa Sissoko just failed to divert his header from right-back Daryl Janmaat towards the back post on 16 minutes.

Leicester struggled to get going but they did have an opportunity on 18 minutes when Riyad Mahrez’s effort was curling towards the far corner but Steven Taylor blocked the shot.

From the resulting corner Robert Huth sent his header just over the bar.

Leicester did take the lead in style on 25 minutes when Marc Albrighton lifted the ball into the area and it was headed back into the middle by Jamie Vardy for Okazaki who produced an acrobatic overhead kick which gave Rob Elliot no chance.

It was nearly 2-0 on 28 minutes when Albrighton was allowed to surge into the area before curling his effort inches wide of the bottom corner.

Leicester looked fairly comfortable with their lead until the 58th minute when Sissoko got clear down the left of the area and, instead of pulling the trigger, he attempted to tee up a team-mate but the Foxes’ defence snuffed out the danger.

Newcastle continued to press and three minutes later Perez flashed a shot just wide of the upright from the edge of the area.

Leicester were forced deeper into their own half as the game progressed towards it climax and on 85 minutes a Janmaat cross from the right was teed up for Siem de Jong in the area by Mitrovic, but he failed to get a clean connection on his shot and it trickled through to Kasper Schmeichel.

Mahrez had the chance to wrap up the win in stoppage time but blazed his effort from just outside the area wide of the top corner.

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