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Foxes Scrape Past Everton Thanks To Vardy Strike

English Premier League

Result: Everton 0-1 Leicester City

Date: 01 January 2019

Venue: Goodison Park

Leicester City maintained their top half position in the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory over Everton in the first match of the New Year on Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Toffees came to the game wanting to erase the memory of only winning one of their last seven games in December while City wanted to cement their top half position.
 
Jamie Vardy had the first shot in anger for the Foxes in the tenth minute but he gave it too much power from just outside the box and it sailed over the bar.
 
City were enjoying a good amount of possession after 20 minutes but they were not finding openings despite threatening especially on the left flank.
 
Marco Silva's men were growing in the game after half-an-hour using the big figure of Richarlison to hold onto balls and bring the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson from midfield.
 
However, there was just no breakthrough from either side towards the end of the half and they went to the break goalless.
 
Claude Puel made his first change immediately at the start of the second stanza taking out Rachid Ghezzal and replaced him with a fresher Marc Albrighton.
 
The change seemed to have paid off for Leicester as Vardy broke the deadlock two minutes before the hour with a clinical strike inside the box following a through ball from Ricardo Pereira.
 
Silva was looking for a change of fortunes 20 minutes before time as he withdrew Theo Walcott and brought in Cenk Tosun in his place.
 
Albrighton almost made a big difference for the Foxes eight minutes before time after his free-kick found Harry Maguire at the far post but the England international skied his effort over the bar.
 
Puel was managing the game well as in stoppage time as he rested Vardy and threw in Demarai Gray in his place as the Foxes held on for victory.

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