Premier League, Man United vs Leicester City, as it happened: Foxes' coronation on hold after 1-1 draw

Premier League, Man United vs Leicester City, as it happened: Foxes' coronation on hold after 1-1 draw
  • 20:53 (IST)

    "That's a normal reaction" -LVG on Fellaini's elbow to Huth's face after the Leicester defender pulled his hair. "That's a normal human reactions".

    !!!!

  • 20:46 (IST)

    "Draw is a fair result," says Claudio. He also goes on to criticise Fellaini and his knuckle-boxing tactics. 

    Claudio won't be able to watch the all-important Chelsea-Tottenham clash. He's going to Italy, and will be on the flight.

    Well, that's all from us folks. Leicester will have to wait till tomorrow night or till Saturday for the celebrations to begin. They are a point closer to the Premier League title. Ranieri's former club Chelsea could help him to his title win by beating Spurs at Stamford Bridge, something they are very good at doing. Till then, stay healthy and pray for Leicester. 

  • 20:37 (IST)

    Journalist: "You'd rather win on your own terms at home against Everton, than having Chelsea do the job?"

    Schmeichel: "Nah, I don't care how we win, just as long as we do. It's the Premier League!"

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Leicester are now eight points clear of second placed Tottenham and can still secure their first ever English top-flight title if the north Londoners fail to win at Chelsea on Monday.

    Regardless of Tottenham's result, Leicester will be the most unlikely champions in English football history if they beat Everton at the King Power Stadium next Saturday.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    Journalist: "Got one hand on the trophy"

    Wes Morgan: "No, it's not ours till we get both hands on it"

  • 20:31 (IST)

    Well played.

  • 20:28 (IST)

    FULL-TIME!  MANCHESTER UNITED 1-1 LEICESTER CITY. Not today. Leicester will have to wait for their coronation. Today, they respectably share points with Manchester United. Leicester City captain Wes Morgan cancelled out Martial's 8-minute opener in the first half itself. the second half saw nerves, action, drama, red card, but no goals. Now the onus is on Tottenham Hotspur. They have to go to Chelsea and win, something they have never done in the Premier League.

  • 20:25 (IST)

    Remarkable work from Schmeichel, makes a double save/clearance in the dying moments as ManUtd were through on goal. he rushed and disrupted it first and the then cleared it.

  • 20:24 (IST)

    Pass me the tissue

  • 20:23 (IST)

    FOUR MINUTES ADDED TIME: Fourth official signals 4 minutes of added time. A very nerve-racking 4 minutes. Can 10-man Leicester make the most of it?

  • 20:21 (IST)

    SUBSTITUTION, 88': Andy King (10) replaces Riyad Mahrez (26). Not much left in the game now.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Rooney fires in a direct freekick from the left, Schmeichel punches it out.

  • 20:19 (IST)

    RED! Danny Drinkwater IS SENT OFF! Gets his second yellow for his foul on Depay at the edge of the fox-box, he pulled him down, ManUtd contest for a penalty, they reckon the foul was inside. Ref shows second Yellow to Danny and he's OFF!

    Freekick to ManUtd from a dangerous position.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    At least for now, Gary Lineker's modesty seems safe.

  • 20:15 (IST)

    Come on!

  • 20:14 (IST)

    SUBSTITUTION, 82': Marcus Rashford (39) goes off, in comes Memphis Depay (7)

  • 20:12 (IST)

    Mahrez gets the ball on the right side, he's free and running like a prize stallion. ManUtd defenders scampering back, Mahrez looks up and sees Ulloa in the box, he marks him and puts in a pinpoint ball to the striker. Ulloa, however, makes a mess of it. Tries to go for a volley, but miscues his shot.

  • 20:10 (IST)

    A tense period in front of the united box. Leicester now going for it, 10 more minutes left in this encounter, not counting in the added time.

  • 20:10 (IST)

    SUBSTITUTION, 77': Mark Albrighton (11) comes in for Jeffrey Schlupp (15)

  • 20:07 (IST)

    Bring the rum out!

  • 20:07 (IST)

    SUBSTITUTION, 75': Ander Herrera (21) comes in for Marouane Fellaini (27)

  • 20:04 (IST)

    71': Schlupp collects the ball near the halfway line after a United move goes bust when Mata's pass didn't come off well. Schlupp galloped forward n the counter, three Leicester players in front of him and he rightly picked out Riyad Mahrez. The PFA player of the year, who has largely been silent tonight, pulls off a string of tricks, getting past three red shirts while cutting in near the ManUtd box, finally finds space and shoots from 20 yards out. There's power and not much precision, de Gea collects coolly. 

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Meanwhile the commentators are waxing lyrical on N'Golo Kante. They should. He has been excellent today too. 

  • 20:00 (IST)

    SUBSTITUTION, 67': Shinji Okazaki (20) goes off, Demarai Gray (22) comes in.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    YELLOW: Rooney sees the pale card, he pulls down Mahrez near the sidelines in the middle.

  • 19:57 (IST)

    Leicester are banking on deadball situations and trying to make the most of what they get. the strategy is clear, defend like hell, and look for a header into the goal. So Leicester have decided to emulate Manchester United tonight.

  • 19:55 (IST)

    Half an hour remains in this fixture. Half an hour for Leicester to truly make it a theatre of dreams. 

  • 19:54 (IST)

    SUBSTITUTION: 61' Juan Mata (8) comes in for Jesse Lingard (35)

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Rooney has been a ghost till now. He has not been involved in anything worth noting. Yet he'll stay and Lingard will make room for Mata. 

    And he proves it, Rooney tries a cheeky lob. Schmeichel shrugs it off

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Yellow for Drinkwater

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Juan Mata is getting ready to come in. Is it in place of Lingard? 

  • 19:47 (IST)

    The guy would be hoping he hasn't spoken too soon. Cross the bridge when you reach it.

  • 19:46 (IST)

    53': Smalling and Ulloa are wrapped in a not-so-lovely embrace as the ball is lobbed forward by the Foxes. Ulloa gets to it, escapes, Smalling, turns around and lashes in a shot. But it's deflected and goes for a corner.

  • 19:44 (IST)

  • 19:44 (IST)

    50': CHANCE: Simpson rallies forward into the box from the right, puts in a ground pass for a sliding Okazaki, but it's out of reach. The ball goes for a corner, took a red touch on the way out. Okazaki inches away there from taking the lead for Leicester. 

    The corner is cleared away easily, no trouble there for ManUtd.

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Fuchs crosses in again, good ball, great shape on it. Okazaki clatters with United defenders to win it and fouls in the process.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Listen to Phil, Foxes!

  • 19:39 (IST)

    Alright, we're off, the 2nd half begins. This almost feels like a cup final. 

    Leicester get an early corner, Fuchs walks to take it. He whips it in and guess who was at the end of it, yes captain Wes Morgan. Anf the skipper beat Rojo in the air again to direct a decent header towards the goal, Ulloa lingers around the stray ball dangerously but de Gea grabs the ball and holds on to it.

  • 19:36 (IST)

    If the game stays like it is and the teams pinch off a point each, Leicester can win on Tuesday if Tottenham don't manage a win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

  • 19:33 (IST)

    HT STATS: Possession: MUN 70% - 30% LEI | Corners: MUN 4 - 2 LEI | Shots off target: MUN 8 - 4 LEI | Shots on target MUN 3 - 1 LEI | Fouls: MUN 9 - 1 LEI | Offsides: MUN 1 - 0 LEI

  • 19:25 (IST)

    Clearly United's standards have fallen. Far from a cracking game, it's a scrappy game. But a cracking occasion, yes.

  • 19:23 (IST)

  • 19:23 (IST)

    HALF-TIME:  ----------- MANCHESTER UNITED 1 - 1 LEICESTER CITY ------ Leicester seem they are missing a focal point in their attack. Absence of Vardy hurting them them tonight, it didn't against Swansea last weekend. For United, Valencia and Lingard have looked dangerous and seem like the players who'll be setting up the goals. It's been physical and intense. Ranieri has got to give one hell of a pep talk in that dressing room right now to propel the Foxes to a famous win.

  • 19:19 (IST)

    A happy captain

  • 19:18 (IST)

    5 minutes away from Half-time: it's been intense till now. But it is still a deadlock at Old Trafford ------- MUN 1 - 1 LEI ----  Foxes' skipper Morgan cancelled out Martial's opener. 

  • 19:17 (IST)

    Leicester wins a corner. Fuchs takes it, Morgan runs to it, fans at the edge of the seat, a hint of familiarity in all this, Morgan connects but it's not proper. The header flies high over the bar. Still 1-1.

  • 19:14 (IST)

    Clearly, Leicester City are modest.

  • 19:13 (IST)

    35': Lingard wins a corner and Fellaini finally finds himslef at the end of a ball in the box. He manages to get his head on it, but it's a feeble attempt. Had he put half the effort he put in elbowing Huth in the face, this could've been dangerous. 

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Okay.

  • 19:09 (IST)

    32': This time the other teenager, Rashford tries to get ManUtd back in the lead through left. But he's drowned out in a crowd of defenders.

London: The Premier League trophy arrived in Leicester on Friday for a promotional tour. It will surely be back next month with Leicester City etched into the solid silver for the first time.

The leaders can wrap up their improbable pursuit of the biggest prize in English football on Sunday with a victory at Manchester United.

Delivering the 132-year-old club's first title at the home of the record 20-time English champions would be the Hollywood ending craved by manager Claudio Ranieri.

"It's unbelievable, it's history and we know this," Ranieri said Friday. "It is important to finish the story like an American movie. Always in the final it is OK, a happy ending.

Leicester City could be crowned champions of England on Sunday. Getty

Leicester City could be crowned champions of England on Sunday. Getty

"It's a good opportunity but for this reason we have to be focused. Let me be calm, wait, we have time."

The trip to Old Trafford is the first of three opportunities to claim the required victory as Leicester has a seven-point lead over Tottenham. Even if Leicester fails to beat fifth-place United, the title can be clinched by Monday:

— If Leicester loses at United, it needs Tottenham to also lose at Chelsea

— If Leicester draws at United, Tottenham has to win at Chelsea to keep the title race going.

Leicester, which is unbeaten in the league since February, will again be missing 22-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy as the striker serves the second match of his suspension. But the Foxes more than adequately coped without Vardy last weekend as Stoke was routed 4-0.

Tottenham's target

By the time Tottenham travels across London on Monday to Chelsea, keeping hold of second place could be the remaining target. Leicester beating United would ensure Tottenham cannot drop out of the top four, ensuring a return to the Champions League after six years.

A young, developing Tottenham team was not expected to be so high up in the standings at this stage of the season. Now the second-place London club remains on course for its highest finish in more than 50 years.

And manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to commit his future to Tottenham, disclosing Friday that he has verbally agreed to stay with the club until at least 2021.

Chelsea, which is preparing to hand the Premier League trophy over to Leicester, has not lost at home to Tottenham in any competition since February 1990.

Arsenal uproar

Arsene Wenger is on the defensive, trying to dampen the mutinous mood among some fans' groups.

Anger has mounted now the team has gone a dozen years without lifting the Premier League trophy.

"Some groups of people try to manipulate our fans," Wenger said ahead of Saturday's game against Norwich. "And I believe apart from an agenda, a personal agenda, a big ego, there's not a lot behind it.

"This team has character and attitude. Some people question them. I know them well, and they have less character than this team have. I saw them play and I know them very closely, and they shouldn't question this team's character."

Top at the start of 2016 entering the second half of the season, Arsenal is fourth entering the final three games of the season. Now the priority is slipping any further and falling out of the Champions League places.

"When a club cannot enjoy anything anymore, it's in trouble," Wenger said. "In football you go down very quickly and come up very slowly. We have to stick together."

City's chase

Manchester City's priority is progressing in the Champions League, with Manuel Pellegrini's side locked at 0-0 in their semifinal with Real Madrid which resumes in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.

But City's players have to face Southampton on Sunday, while Madrid's domestic fixture is on Saturday, ensuring an extra day's rest before the second leg.

Pellegrini failed to get the Southampton game brought forward from Sunday afternoon to Saturday. It's still a significant game for the club, with City only ahead of Arsenal due to its superior goal difference. United is five points behind them but with a game in hand.

"In the Premier League, I don't understand why when having so many games, and they all have the same interest, that we can't play one day before to have 24 hours (more rest), at least having the same as Real Madrid," Pellegrini said.

City will be without David Silva for the second leg as the playmaker recovers from a hamstring injury.

Relegation battle

Sunderland can stay out of the relegation zone by beating Stoke. Behind the north-east club in the drop zone, due to an inferior goal difference, is Norwich. Newcastle is a point back as it prepares to host FA Cup finalist Crystal Palace.

AP


Published Date: May 01, 2016 08:37 pm | Updated Date: May 01, 2016 08:53 pm


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