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Leicester City v Leeds United Live Commentary, 21/10/2022

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2 - 0
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LEE
R. Koch (16 og)
H. Barnes (35)
King Power Stadium

Commentary

That's all from King Power Stadium today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
After today's success, another win against managerless Wolves on Sunday could pull Leicester clear of the bottom three. Meanwhile, Leeds face Fulham at home in three days time, with the London club having beaten Aston Villa earlier today.
Despite creating few clear-cut chances, a clinical Leicester side show some steel to secure just their second Premier League victory of the season, as Leeds fail to make several spells of pressure pay. The visitors lacked composure in the final third, which contrasted with the precision shown by the Foxes' forwards for Barnes' crucial goal - the hosts second strike providing a comfortable cushion. They now move off the bottom of the Premier League standings and to within one point of their ailing opponents.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 2-0 LEEDS UNITED
90' + 3' With only one minute of stoppage time remaining, Dewsbury-Hall runs the ball out of play inside the Leeds half. A brief tussle ensues with Adams, but it's a half-hearted confrontation as they both know this game's effectively over.
90' + 2' A tame shot from Klich barely tests Ward, who makes a regulation save from the Polish player's 20-yard effort.
90' + 1' Klich clips a delicate ball over the top for Harrison, around 25 yards out from goal, but Ward was on his toes and sprints from his area to hammer the ball away to safety. The Foxes fans enjoyed that.
89' Daka kills more precious time, as he draws a foul from a frustrated Summerville deep inside the Leeds half. The game's surely up for Marsch's men, and they'll be going seven matches without a win.
87' With the ball dropping into a dangerous area by the back post, following Harrison's deep cross, Justin turns the ball behind for a Leeds corner. Yet again, the visitors waste a set-piece situation, as Ward is allowed to claim the cross comfortably on the edge of his six-yard box.
K. Ịheanachọ
H. Barnes
Leicester City
85' Rodgers' fourth change sees goalscorer Barnes making way for Iheanacho.
84' CLOSE! From a Harrison free-kick on the left, the ball drops back out to the edge of the area. After taking a touch to open up the angle, Summerville loops a deflected shot just over the crossbar and earns his side a corner.
M. Klich
Junior Firpo
Leeds United
82' Marsch makes his final throw of the dice: Firpo is replaced by Klich.
80' Dewsbury-Hall is down on the turf receiving treatment for the effects of a blow to the face. That halts the action and eats further into the clock from a Leicester perspective. As things stand, they'll be off the bottom of the table in around 10 minutes time.
Y. Tielemans
Yellow Card
Leicester City
78' For bringing down Aaronson, Tielemans becomes the third player booked today.
77' Leeds seem to be lacking belief in the opposition half, and hopes of a late fightback appear to be diminishing by the minute. In general play, they've perhaps been the better side, but that will count for nothing if they can't find a goal.
J. Gelhardt
L. Sinisterra
Leeds United
75' Marsch decides on another switch up front: Sinisterra makes way for young Gelhardt.
72' Having drifted inside from the touchline, an ambitious attempt from the right side of the area sees Rodrigo flash a 20-yard shot well wide of the left-hand post. That was not the best option, and represents another poor choice from a Leeds player in the final third.
Ayoze Pérez
D. Praet
Leicester City
70' A lively display from Praet ends with a round of applause from the crowd and his manager, as the Belgian midfielder is replaced by Perez for the final 20 minutes.
69' Having performed with some authority today, Faes makes an impressive intervention to stop Rodrigo wriggling clear. To this point at least, Leicester have defended resolutely.
67' Running onto a throughball from Daka, an off-balance Praet fires well over the bar from the right side of the area. That was no more than a half-chance, but he could perhaps have done better from there.
J. Harrison
P. Bamford
Leeds United
65' Only just back from another injury layoff, Bamford's game is brought to an early end. Marsch replaces his skipper with Harrison.
N. Mendy
B. Soumaré
Leicester City
64' A change in midfield sees Mendy replace Soumare in the holding role.
P. Daka
J. Vardy
Leicester City
64' Rodgers opts to freshen things up with a double substitution. First, Vardy makes way for Daka up front.
62' From the edge of the box, following a corner, Kristensen leans back on a shot at goal and steers his effort over the crossbar by some distance.
60' A clumsy challenge by Praet on Aaronson concedes a free-kick in midfield, which frustrates the Leicester fans, as their side had an increasingly rare sniff of the Leeds defensive third.
57' Desperate to hold on for all three points, Leicester are soaking up some pressure now, but have been a relatively disciplined unit to this point. Brendan Rodgers looks pensive on the touchline - he needs a positive result here in front of the home fans.
55' Leeds continue to push for their first goal, as successive corners result in Ward awkwardly punching the ball behind then grabbing the second attempt inside his six-yard box.
53' SAVE! At his near post, Ward makes a sharp stop from Cooper's close-range shot, which followed a spectacular overhead effort by Llorente just inside the area! Leeds are a much-improved side since the interval.
B. Soumaré
Yellow Card
Leicester City
52' For stopping Sinisterra with a heavy sliding challenge in midfield, Soumare is shown a yellow card by the referee.
49' Tielemans takes a couple of hacks at Aaronson in midfield, and the second brings the American crashing down to the turf; that's a free-kick for Leeds.
47' Under heavy pressure from Sinisterra inside the six-yard box, Amartey appears to prod the ball back to Ward intentionally. Though the goalkeeper then gathers the ball, no free-kick is awarded for a back-pass.
Rodrigo
Marc Roca
Leeds United
46' A change of shape is signalled by Roca's removal for Rodrigo at the start of the second half.
L. Cooper
R. Koch
Leeds United
46' At the back for Leeds, the yellow-carded Koch is replaced by Cooper.
46' Having made two half-time substitutions, Leeds get the second half under way!
Leeds have yet to come from behind to win when trailing at half-time this season, and they will have to put together a far better performance after the break if they are to pull off an unlikely fightback.
An evenly-contested opening period gave way to a productive half-hour for the hosts, as rock-bottom Leicester relieved some of the pressure on their shoulders by taking a two-goal lead down the tunnel. Had Koch not turned the ball into his own goal, Barnes would already have a brace, while Dewsbury-Hall and Praet have also found space to create against an open away side. Leeds may have struck the bar, but they've been less convincing in the final third - so will Marsch make changes at the interval?
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 2-0 LEEDS UNITED
45' + 2' Increasingly disjointed now, Leeds give the ball away twice in quick succession, deep inside their own half. They'll be glad when the whistle blows for half-time.
45' Buoyed by their crucial second goal, Leicester are ending the first half on top, as Vardy almost flicks the ball through for Barnes but is denied by a late block.
R. Koch
Yellow Card
Leeds United
43' With Barnes escaping down the left touchline at pace, Koch crudely hauls him down and receives a yellow card for his cynical foul.
41' Leicester have now scored 11 first-half goals in 11 games, only Manchester City (16) and Arsenal (12) have scored more in the Premier League this season.
39' Firpo brings down the impressive Praet on Leicester's right flank, but from the subsequent free-kick, Meslier is easily able to punch clear Tielemans' overhit cross into the box.
37' Barnes has now scored in each of his last six league games against Leeds, netting in all five of his Premier League appearances against them for Leicester.
K. Dewsbury-Hall
Assist
Leicester City
35' Concluding a sweeping move into the Leeds area, Dewsbury-Hall plays the final ball across the box for Barnes to turn home.
H. Barnes
Goal
Leicester City
35' LEICESTER GO TWO UP! A slick one-touch counter from Leicester opens the Leeds defence up again, and Barnes slips the ball past Meslier after receiving it from Dewsbury-Hall inside the area. Vardy was also involved in a fluent build-up, and that's a lovely team goal: 2-0 to the Foxes!
34' Ward is forced into a fingertip save, as he pushes the ball over his crossbar from Summerville's stinging shot. The flag is then raised for the narrowest of offsides, but it was still a close escape for the hosts.
32' Leeds are the team in the ascendancy now, as Summerville puts a shot just wide following a fine no-look pass from Aaronson through the centre of the Leicester defence.
30' OFF THE BAR! Just after Castagne heads off-target, Leeds break rapidly, and a sweeping move ends with Sinisterra crashing a 20-yard shot against the crossbar; Ward was well beaten! So close to an equaliser, but not quite!
28' A swinging low cross from Dewsbury-Hall almost finds the feet of Vardy just outside the box, as Leicester seek a second goal. Leeds get the ball away initially, but the Foxes are still camped inside the opposition half.
26' Leicester have a record of W1, D1, L4 when scoring the opening goal in the Premier League this season, so more goals should be expected today - they've really struggled to defend a lead.
24' The match continues to zip from end to end, as after Vardy loses the ball deep inside Leeds' defensive third the visitors set off on the counter. From over 20 yards out, Sinisterrra then sees a shot heavily deflected behind for a corner.
22' Summerville is now able to continue and readies himself on the touchline as the game gets back under way.
20' The game is brought to a momentary halt, as Summerville goes down to the turf, winded by a block on Justin's pass. The medics will come on to assess him.
18' Before either team has even managed a shot on target today, Koch scores the first own goal of his top-flight career, in his 129th appearance in Europe's top five leagues.
R. Koch
Own Goal
Leeds United
16' LEICESTER LEAD! Roca is caught in possession midway through his own half, and when Praet receives the ball on the right, he feeds a dangerous ball towards Barnes in the centre of the area. With the Foxes' winger lurking, Koch lunges in and inadvertently turns the ball into his own net at close range! The hosts go 1-0 ahead!
15' Ward is quick to gather the ball when Sinisterra almost picks out Bamford with a low throughball, then Leicester launch a rapid counter-attack. The game is opening up a touch now, and both sides are stretched.
13' Only Manchester City’s Premier League matches have seen more goals than Leicester’s this season (39: 15 for and 24 against). That's despite the Foxes' last league game ending goalless, so there is hope of some goalmouth action in today's encounter.
11' Barnes comes within a whisker of latching on to a flick from Vardy on the edge of the area, following a cute reverse pass from Dewsbury-Hall. Frustratingly for the winger, the ball spins behind for a goal-kick.
9' After soaking up some early Leeds pressure, the home side are enjoying their first sustained spell of possession, though they've yet to breach the final third - Vardy seems a little isolated.
7' Leeds have certainly had the better of the opening stages at the King Power, but their lack of precision from set-pieces has seen Ward remain untested in the Leicester goal so far.
5' Faes is forced to concede a free-kick midway through the Leicester half, bringing down Summerville, but Aaronson sends his cross into the box over the mass of players in front of him and out of play on the left byline.
2' Though a free-kick into the Leicester box is overhit, Soumare opts to turn the ball behind and concede an early corner. It results in another corner-kick, but the Foxes manage to clear their lines without too much trouble.
1' The home side kick off, and we are under way in Leicester!
The players are out on the pitch at King Power Stadium, with kick-off now just moments away!
Bamford starts for Leeds today, after appearing as a half-time substitute against Arsenal, and also wears the captain's armband; Rodrigo is therefore consigned to the bench. Llorente, Firpo and Summerville also come into the visitors' XI, with the latter being handed his first Premier League start.
Leicester are without chief creator James Maddison, who is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend; Praet replaces him in the hosts' lineup today. Vardy is also recalled, with Daka dropped to the bench. Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Ryan Bertrand, Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans are all still sidelined by injury.
SUBS: Kristoffer Klaesson, Jack Harrison, Sam Greenwood, Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich, Joe Gelhardt, Rodrigo Moreno, Wilfried Gnonto.
LEEDS UNITED (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Rasmus Kristensen, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Junior Firpo; Marc Roca, Tyler Adams; Crysencio Summerville, Brenden Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra; Patrick Bamford.
SUBS: Daniel Iversen, Ayoze Perez, Kelechi Iheanacho, Nampalys Mendy, Luke Thomas, Jannik Vestergaard, Patson Daka, Joe Wormleighton, Sammy Braybroke.
LEICESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Danny Ward; Timothy Castagne, Daniel Amartey, Wout Faes, James Justin; Boubakary Soumare; Dennis Praet, Youri Tielemans, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
Aiming to avoid a seventh successive game without victory today, Leeds United have accrued just two points from their last six Premier League fixtures. The Whites fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal last time out, which leaves them 15th in the top-flight table. That loss versus the league leaders was their first at Elland Road this season, but they have fared far worse on the road: Jesse Marsch's men have picked up only one away point from a possible 12; losing each of their last three away games.
Leicester have still won only one Premier League game all season, after playing out a goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace last weekend. As a result, they sit rock-bottom of the table, some four points adrift of safety. While the Foxes have conceded a league-high 24 goals so far, they have at least managed to keep a clean sheet in both of their last two home matches, including this term's solitary victory, against fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest.
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