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Simon Mignolet saves Vardy penalty for Liverpool revenge

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Simon Mignolet helped Liverpool end a dry run of four games without a win by withholding the Leicester City offense and saving a Jamie Vardy penalty late on to help the Reds win 3-2 in the Premier League.

Liverpool, who were also coming off a 2-0 loss against Leicester that eliminated them from the League Cup altogether mid-week, responded with a brilliant offensive showing at the King Power stadium and exacting their revenge in the process.

Philippe Coutinho, who was missing in action for the Reds for most of the season’s opening matches, put on a brilliant showing by first crossing to Mohamed Salah for a header to open the scoring, and then himself scoring a brilliantly curled free-kick.

However, Leicester City was able to reduce the deficit before half-time when Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range just before the break following a scramble in the box.

Liverpool responded through a counter after halftime to make it 3-1 and seemingly secure the points, but the hosts were not to be denied and responded a minute later when Jamie Vardy headed into an empty net after Mignolet pushed Demarai Gray’s shot into his path.

Vardy then gave Liverpool more jitters as he earned a penalty when he was brought down by Mignolet, but the Belgian kept out the England striker’s spot-kick, which followed his usual tactic of going straight down the middle.

While his number and rate of saves in regular play is much more modest, Mignolet’s heroics also meant that he has saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he’s faced since joining the Reds in the 2013-14 season — more than any other keeper in the English top-flight.

The Reds then held on against a few more scares to finally earn three points after four consecutive winless games to move up to fifth in the Premier League, while Leicester remain just above the relegation zone with merely a win and a draw from their opening seven matches.

Atletico ends Leicester Champions League debut campaign

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Atletico Madrid put an end to the Leicester City dream by drawing 1-1 against the Premier League champions at the King Power Stadium.

Saul Niguez gave Atletico a commanding away goal lead with a beautiful header after 26 minutes, pulling the La Liga giants far ahead.

The Foxes, needing at least 3 goals to advance, switched to a more attacking-minded formation with a 3-man line up front.

Anyone would have allowed the Foxes to concede at that point, but instead Craig Shakespeare’s changed for a more attacking approach on half-time with Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa coming on for Shinji Okazaki and defender Yohan Benalouane, helping Jamie Vardy with greater offensive support.

Even after Vardy tucked in Chilwell’s deflected shot at the hour, Leicester kept their pressure unto the end. However, Atletico only needed to put up their trademark defense to keep them out, and thanks to a controversial penalty goal advantage from the first leg as additional cushion they advanced without much fuss.

While the disappointment amongst home fans would have been obvious as they see their team exit Europe, it was not shown as Leicester players were paid a standing ovation. Even opposition manager Simeone had been effusive in his praise for Shakespeare’s smart tactics shift in addition to making his business to approach every single Leicester player and shake his hand.

In the meantime, his Atletico squad would progress to what will be their 3rd Champions League semi-finals in four years, with their next opponents to be determined this Friday.

Jamie Vardy red card appeal rejected by FA

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will miss three Premier League matches after an appeal against his red card in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City was rejected by an independent regulatory commission. .

The 29-year-old’s wrongful dismissal claim had been rejected by the Football Association, and he will be unavailable for selection in the Boxing Day game against Everton, the New Year’s Eve game against West Ham and the trip to Middlesbrough on 2 January.

The England forward was sent off by referee Craig Pawson in the 28th minute for a tackle on Stoke’s Mame Diouf.

Vardy was dismissed for a challenge on Diouf, which the referee, Craig Pawson, deemed to be reckless despite connecting with the ball first. Video replays show Vardy making a two-footed tackle, winning the ball, but also clipping Diouf’s shins in the process.

A statement from the Football Association read: “Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected. The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri admitted the decision was a debatable one following the 2-2 home draw, but the club appealed after replays suggested Vardy had been knocked off balance moments earlier by Stoke’s Glen Johnson.

After the game, Ranieri had said: “He wants to challenge and get the ball, not make a foul. He touched the ball. Maybe it was yellow.”


Ranieri: “Everything is wrong” with Leicester title defense

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Claudio Ranieri believes that “Everything is wrong” with Leicester City’s Premier League title defense, and they have now fell into a relegation scrap after losing to Sunderland on Saturday.

The Foxes are now 15th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone following a 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of the Light.

With 13 points after 14 games, theirs are the worst record of any defending Premier League champions.

“It’s difficult. We miss everything,” Ranieri said after the match. “Everything last season was right, starting with luck; this season, everything is wrong. But we must continue to work hard and maintain the right balance in ourselves, believe in ourselves. The battle is long, but that’s football, sport.”

Leicester City have not found a lead away from home all season and fell behind midway through the second half against Sunderland, when Robert Huth diverted a corner into his own net. Jermain Defoe then added a second for the hosts, and although Shinji Okazaki pulled one back for the Foxes, they could not find an equaliser.

“We wanted to get points here but of course it was a relegation battle. They won, well done to them,” Ranieri added. “I said two, three weeks ago, always I look behind me. We are in the battle of relegation. For this reason we must stay calm, together and continue to work hard.”

Ranieri was also staunch in his defense of Jamie Vardy, whose poor form in front of goal continued as the England striker failed to score for a 16th successive game in all competitions for Leicester.

“Look, for me, he works well, hard,” Ranieri said. “Of course the goals are important, but I believe in him and sooner or later, he will start to score goals.”