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2015-16

Premier League Match Report: Leicester City 3-1 Everton

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Leicester City 3 (2) – (0) 1 Everton

Vardy 5′ 66′ (pen)           Mirallas 88′

King 33′                                                      

King Power Stadium (Attendance: 32,140)

Everton’s miserable end to the season continued on Saturday as newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City strolled to a 3-1 victory.

Jamie Vardy’s double and Andy King’s sidefooted finish put the Foxes out of sight before Kevin Mirallas’ late consolation strike.

But the Toffees were evidently second best on a day that belonged to the 5,000-1 rank outsiders for the Premier League title.

A deafening, carnival-esque atmosphere engulfed the King Power stadium in the lead up to kick off as Leicester fans revelled in a first league triumph in their 132-year history.

And the decibel level only increased further five minutes into the contest when star striker Vardy struck.

The goal was routine in its execution – Danny Simpson’s throw was controlled by King and, with one swing of his right boot, the midfielder guided a perfect cross into Vardy, whose cushioned shot arced past Joel Robles.

King sent his own effort into the grateful arms of Robles as Claudio Ranieri’s men set out on pummelling the Blues’ weakened rearguard.

And Aaron Lennon then had to be alert to the onrushing Christian Fuchs after Marc Albrighton’s clever cut back – the England winger nicking the ball in front of the Leicester full back just inside the area.

Soon, however, the Foxes doubled their advantage.

Riyad Mahrez jinked his way through Everton pair Tom Cleverley and Leighton Baines before setting up King, who confidently stroked home.

Only a snatched effort from Cleverley was the best Everton could muster as they toiled under the pouring rain in the East Midlands.

But the start of the second half appeared to show an upturn in fortunes for the away side as two golden opportunities fell their way.

First, Ross Barkley’s succinct through ball fell invitingly into the path of Oumar Niasse, but the Senegalese forward lacked conviction in his shot and Kasper Schmeichel cleared the ball with his head.

Romelu Lukaku then guided a back heeled attempt goalwards in the next passage of play, but Schmeichel denied the Belgian a 19th league goal of the campaign.

Fuchs sent a free kick over the bar after Cleverley was adjudged to have fouled Mahrez 25 yards from goal.

And Lukaku saw a header comfortably dealt with from a Bryan Oviedo corner as Everton sought a route back into the match.

Those plans were put to bed soon after though, as Matthew Pennington’s tackle on Vardy was mistimed and left referee Andre Marriner with no option but to point to the spot.

The striker dusted himself down before firing home past a static Robles to all but ends Everton’s hopes of salvaging something from the game.

Oviedo drew a fine stop from Schmeichel with a quarter of the match remaining, before Vardy was handed the chance to sign the season off at the King Power with a hat-trick.

Substitute Darron Gibson’s challenge on fellow sub Jeffrey Schlupp in the area was late, and Marriner pointed to the spot for the second time that afternoon.

Vardy, though, crashed his second spot kick well into the stands.

A trio of headers from substitute Leonardo Ulloa landed the wrong side of the goal as Ranieri’s charges went in search of a fourth.

But the final goal of the encounter would come for the Toffees in the shape of substitute Mirallas.

Gibson found the Belgian on half-way, who skipped by challenges from Marcin Wasilewski and N’Golo Kante.

The winger then cut inside another tackle before calmly slotting under the body of Schmeichel to finally give the travelling Everton contingent something to cheer.

It mattered little in the grand scheme of things, however. Leicester were crowned champions of England, while Evertonians voiced their displeasure towards manager Martinez.

Sunderland and Norwich await the Blues in the final two outings of an insipid season.

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.


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