Leicester 1-2 Tottenham (26.12.2014) Live Commentary

90+7′
What a terrific football game that was, everything included. Neither of the teams had any obvious superiority in this game. The home side relied on getting in chances mostly with counter-attacking while the players of the away team tried to constantly keep their opponents under pressure.
90+7′
The referee blows for the end of today’s match.
90+6′
What a chance that is! Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails by a whisker wide of the left post.
90+4′
The game is interrupted now, Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
90+3′
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Jamie Vardy (Leicester) was quite harsh and Neil Swarbrick didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card.
90+2′
The corner, delivered by Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester), is intercepted by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
90+2′
Matthew James (Leicester) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender. The ball goes out-of-play. Leicester have been awarded a corner kick.
90+2′
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. The ball is out-of-play. Leicester win a corner kick.
90′
We will have 4 min. of added time.
90′
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) receives a sweet cross inside the box from Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester), but one of the defending players rushed bravely to intercept the move.
88′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) climbs high to connect with a cross near the penalty spot and plants a header which goes well wide of the left post.
86′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
85′
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
85′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) is trying to get into the box. He sends a low pass, but it’s blocked and cleared. The ball is out-of-play and Leicester manage to earn a corner.
84′
Mauricio Pochettino decides to make a substitution. Harry Kane is going off the pitch and Paulinho (Tottenham) is coming on.
84′
What an opportunity! Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker over the crossbar.
83′
Substitution. Paul Konchesky makes way for Anthony Knockaert (Leicester).
82′
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) picks up a yellow card.
82′
Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
80′
The goalkeeper punched the ball away after Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) took the corner.
80′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. The assistant referee makes a right call and Leicester will have a corner.
80′
Paul Konchesky (Leicester) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
80′
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence.
78′
Matthew James (Leicester) collects a pass and has an effort from distance to the bottom right corner, but Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) answers with a superb save and denies his effort.
78′
The attendance is 31870.
77′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) connects with a cross and has an effort on goal from the edge of the box, but it ends somewhere in the row Z.
75′
The game has come to an end for David Nugent. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of Jamie Vardy (Leicester).
75′
Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester) makes a yard for himself and attempts to endanger the goalkeeper with a long-range shot. His great effort, however, goes by a whisker wide of the left post.
74′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) collects a wonderful lead pass and creates some space to smash the ball goalwards from long range. His shot goes painfully wide of the left post!
74′
David Nugent (Leicester) is first to the rebound and sends a header goalwards but it’s blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
73′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box. He doesn’t manage to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
72′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
72′
David Nugent (Leicester) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. Leicester have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
71′
A tremendous shot from a long-range free kick is taken by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)! What a beauty out there as he slammed the ball inside the left off the post and behind the keeper.
70′
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) didn’t hesitate to knock his opponent down with a harsh sliding tackle. Neil Swarbrick could probably show him a yellow, but he only goes with blowing the whistle for a foul. A free kick to Tottenham.
67′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
67′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) dribbled past his opponents before finding himself in a great position to strike. His attempt from just outside of the box went towards the right side of the goal, but it wasn’t dangerous and Hugo Lloris made a comfortable save. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Leicester are going to take it.
66′
A cross is whipped into the box by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) and Christian Eriksen controls it well. He lines up the ball, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
66′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) with a teasing cross into the area, but Hugo Lloris intercepts the ball.
65′
Danny Simpson (Leicester) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
63′
Nacer Chadli will be replaced by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham).
62′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) clutches his head after wasting a good opportunity. He perfectly received the ball from a rebound and fired from long range, but his effort wasn’t accurate at all and the ball went miles over the crossbar.
62′
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
61′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) creates himself some space on the edge of the box and unleashes a strong shot which is blocked by a defender.
61′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) whips the ball from the long-range free kick, but the first man gets it clear.
60′
Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. Tottenham win a free kick.
58′
Hugo Lloris goes off his line to intercept the corner from Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester).
58′
Matthew James (Leicester) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the box and has a shot blocked. Leicester force a corner. They send men into the box.
56′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
55′
Neil Swarbrick interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham). A free kick is given to Leicester.
54′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
54′
Danny Simpson (Leicester) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort. Leicester have been awarded a corner kick.
53′
This should have been a goal! Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) takes a mid-range free kick and his effort flies well, but crashes against the crossbar. The keeper only turned his head and starred at the ball.
53′
Federico Fazio (Tottenham) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Neil Swarbrick blows his whistle for a foul. Leicester have a free kick from a promising distance.
48′
Goal! Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) fires home from very close range after latching on to a pass. Assisted by Riyiad Mahrez. The score is 1:1.
48′
David Nugent (Leicester) tries his luck with a long-range shot from a rebound, but it isn’t precise at all and the ball flies miles high over the crossbar. Very poor shot.
47′
Ryan Mason (Tottenham) feels very aggrieved after the referee stops play for a foul that he commits while heading towards goal with the ball.
46′
Nigel Pearson prepares a substitution. Andy King is replaced by Matthew James (Leicester).
46′
Substitution. Totally exhausted Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham) is leaving the pitch, and Ryan Mason (Tottenham) will replace him.
46′
The game restarts for the second half.
45+2′
The players of both teams deserve praise from their managers and supporters for their performance on the pitch. If they carry on with this attractive football, the fans will be surely satisfied. We are witnessing quite a balanced game with both teams struggling to prevail. The home side is creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks. The tactic of the away side is slow build-up play.
45+2′
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
45+1′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) shows good awareness deep inside the box as he latches on to a cross from the resulting free kick. He jumps high and produces a towering header which lacks a bit more accuracy and flies inches wide of the right-hand post.
45+1′
A free kick has been awarded to Tottenham.
45′
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
45′
Danny Simpson (Leicester) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Neil Swarbrick blows a whistle for a foul.
45′
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham).
44′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man. The main referee points to the corner flag, Tottenham will take a corner.
44′
Wes Morgan (Leicester) pulls the shirt of his opponent and only escapes without punishment due to the benevolence of the referee. Tottenham are awarded a free kick.
43′
An offensive foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) was seen by Neil Swarbrick who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
41′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) collects a pass and finds himself in a good position to strike from the edge of the box, but his attempt is blocked.
39′
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his header from the six-yard box isn’t accurate enough and the ball glances away off the right post.
38′
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Nacer Chadli (Tottenham), but the defence gets it clear.
37′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) makes a stunning save and denies the effort which is headed for the bottom left corner.
36′
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) receives a well-taken pass inside the penalty area and shoots. His effort sails far wide of the right post.
35′
What was Kyle Walker (Tottenham) thinking? He will not get away with that. The referee shows him a yellow card.
34′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) wasted a huge opportunity! The fans already began to celebrate as he produced a low shot from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort. The ball went towards the middle of the goal, but Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) made an astonishing save!
34′
The resulting corner from Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) is cleared by the defence.
33′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety. Leicester have a corner.
33′
Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham) received a clever long through ball and found himself in a promising position, but the defence is alert to danger.
31′
The game is interrupted as Harry Kane (Tottenham) is flagged for offside.
29′
Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses way wide of the right post.
27′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) produces a dangerous low pass into the penalty area, but the defence manage to cut it out.
25′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
25′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) controls the ball after receiving a cross, but he slices his shot well wide of the left post.
24′
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.
23′
Ben Hamer makes a brilliant save! Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) weaves easily through the defence and unleashes a shot from just outside of the box. His effort goes towards the right side of the goal but it is denied by the mentioned goalkeeper!
23′
Andy King (Leicester) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
22′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) takes the free kick from a long way out but the defender manages to get it clear.
22′
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) with a slide tackle, but referee Neil Swarbrick calls for a foul. A free kick for Leicester. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
19′
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He finds himself some space to pounce on the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball well wide of the left post.
19′
Now Leicester with a corner.
18′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
18′
That was a nice football moment. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) receives an amazing defence-splitting low pass on the edge of the box and blasts the ball towards the goal, aiming under the roof. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) guessed his intentions and dives superbly to deny his effort with a remarkable save!
18′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
15′
Harry Kane (Tottenham) perfectly skips past challenges and misdirects his shot from the edge of the box. The ball flies a few yards wide of the right post.
13′
Danny Rose (Tottenham) makes his forward run a little too early and is caught in an offside position after his teammate tries to play a pass to him.
11′
Kyle Walker (Tottenham) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Tottenham.
10′
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) is penalised for holding. Neil Swarbrick signals for a set piece.
9′
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
6′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
6′
Riyiad Mahrez (Leicester) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. The referee points to the corner flag. Leicester are given a corner.
4′
The assistant referee raises his flag. Harry Kane (Tottenham) is adjudged offside.
4′
Wes Morgan (Leicester) unleashes a shot from a mid-range free kick that crashes into the defensive wall. The opposition’s goalkeeper set it up perfectly.
3′
A player from Tottenham commits a foul, bringing down an opponent. Leicester win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
1′
What a wonderful finish! Harry Kane (Tottenham) latches on to an inch-perfect cross into the box and drills a low shot into the bottom right corner of the goal. It is a shot of superlatives.
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Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Leicester will have the kick-off.
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