Kasper Schmeichel And 10 Man Leicester Stand Firm To Deny Chelsea Win

Glenn Murray had a penalty saved before Vicente Iborra and Jamie Vardy struck late for 10-man Leicester City as they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 to prevent the Seagulls from all but securing their Premier League status.

Kasper Schmeichel was at fault for Chelsea's extra-time winner as Leicester were knocked out of the FA Cup last time out, but he was a hero for the Foxes on this occasion.

The Dane got down low to his left to deny Murray, who had missed a gilt-edged chance in the first half, after Harry Maguire brought down Jose Izquierdo.

AS IT HAPPENED: Brighton v Leicester

And Leicester quickly took advantage of that let-off as Iborra popped up to settle what had for the most part been a disappointing contest.

Iborra glanced Ben Chilwell's left-wing cross into the bottom-right corner, yet there was another twist in the tale as Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi was sent off for a second yellow card.

But the visitors held firm despite their numerical disadvantage and Vardy added late gloss to the scoreline with an injury-time tap-in, Brighton unable to claim a win that would have seen them go nine points clear of third-bottom Southampton. Instead, they remain six points clear of the drop.

Key Opta Stats:

  • This was Brighton’s fourth Premier League home defeat, and first against a non ‘big-six’ side.
  • Wilfred Ndidi’s red card was Leicester’s fourth of the season in the Premier League – no side has been shown more (level with Chelsea and Watford).
  • This was the 23rd away Premier League game in which Leicester had a player sent off, but only the second they went on to win (also beating Hull in December 2014).
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in five of Leicester’s last six away league games, with the other game in that run ending 0-0.
  • Vicente Iborra has scored in back-to-back Premier League games, after netting in just one of his first 14 in the competition.
  • 38% of Iborra’s goals in the big five European leagues have been headers (12/32).
  • Kasper Schmeichel has saved three of the 14 Premier League penalties he’s faced – the same number his father Peter saved during his time in the competition (21 faced).

 

 

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