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Emotional celebrations as Leicester win at Cardiff

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Leicester City played with great will and nerve to beat Cardiff City on an emotive day as the Foxes returned to action for the first time since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash.

On an afternoon when football seemed both an irrelevance and a form of release for Leicester's grieving players and fans, the two clubs united to remember Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other four people who lost their lives on 27 October.

Leicester's players were visibly moved during a minute's silence and, after the laying of wreaths before the match, there were further tributes including the unfurling of banners shared between the two sets of fans, who joined forces to create a stirring atmosphere of rare solidarity.

Once the match at Cardiff City Stadium was under way, it was contested as fiercely as any Premier League fixture with chances at both ends in a goalless but competitive first half.

Cardiff's Victor Camarasa struck the crossbar with a free-kick and Jamie Vardy felt Leicester should have had a penalty when his shot appeared to hit Sol Bamba's arm.

However, the Foxes were not to be denied and, after Demarai Gray's scored with a low finish early in the second half, there was a huge outpouring of emotion as the entire team celebrated together before running over to their travelling supporters.

After scoring, Gray removed his jersey to reveal an undershirt on which the words 'For Khun Vichai' were emblazoned as a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha, whose name the Leicester fans continued to sing for the rest of a highly charged and poignant afternoon.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 22Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 21Camarasa
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7ArterBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWardat 79'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forMadineat 85'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forHoilettat 65'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 13Paterson

Substitutes

  • 9Ward
  • 12Smithies
  • 18Cunningham
  • 20Damour
  • 23K Harris
  • 24Madine
  • 33Hoilett

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo PereiraBooked at 33mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 15MaguireSubstituted forEvansat 27'minutes
  • 3Chilwell
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11Albrighton
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forIborraat 82'minutes
  • 7GrayBooked at 55minsSubstituted forSimpsonat 70'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 6Evans
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 21Iborra
  • 27Diabaté
  • 28Fuchs
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
30,877

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away12
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Leicester City 1.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bennett with a cross.

Offside, Leicester City. Ricardo Pereira tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Cardiff City).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi with a through ball.

Offside, Leicester City. Ben Chilwell tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Gary Madine replaces Josh Murphy.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Vicente Iborra replaces James Maddison.

Booking

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Harry Arter.

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt missed. Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi following a corner.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).

Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Danny Simpson replaces Demarai Gray.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

goal

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Emotional celebrations as Leicester win at Cardiff

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Leicester City played with great will and nerve to beat Cardiff City on an emotive day as the Foxes returned to action for the first time since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash.

On an afternoon when football seemed both an irrelevance and a form of release for Leicester's grieving players and fans, the two clubs united to remember Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other four people who lost their lives on 27 October.

Leicester's players were visibly moved during a minute's silence and, after the laying of wreaths before the match, there were further tributes including the unfurling of banners shared between the two sets of fans, who joined forces to create a stirring atmosphere of rare solidarity.

Once the match at Cardiff City Stadium was under way, it was contested as fiercely as any Premier League fixture with chances at both ends in a goalless but competitive first half.

Cardiff's Victor Camarasa struck the crossbar with a free-kick and Jamie Vardy felt Leicester should have had a penalty when his shot appeared to hit Sol Bamba's arm.

However, the Foxes were not to be denied and, after Demarai Gray's scored with a low finish early in the second half, there was a huge outpouring of emotion as the entire team celebrated together before running over to their travelling supporters.

After scoring, Gray removed his jersey to reveal an undershirt on which the words 'For Khun Vichai' were emblazoned as a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha, whose name the Leicester fans continued to sing for the rest of a highly charged and poignant afternoon.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 22Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 21Camarasa
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7ArterBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWardat 79'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forMadineat 85'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forHoilettat 65'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 13Paterson

Substitutes

  • 9Ward
  • 12Smithies
  • 18Cunningham
  • 20Damour
  • 23K Harris
  • 24Madine
  • 33Hoilett

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo PereiraBooked at 33mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 15MaguireSubstituted forEvansat 27'minutes
  • 3Chilwell
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11Albrighton
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forIborraat 82'minutes
  • 7GrayBooked at 55minsSubstituted forSimpsonat 70'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 6Evans
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 21Iborra
  • 27Diabaté
  • 28Fuchs
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
30,877

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away12
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Leicester City 1.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bennett with a cross.

Offside, Leicester City. Ricardo Pereira tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Cardiff City).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi with a through ball.

Offside, Leicester City. Ben Chilwell tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Gary Madine replaces Josh Murphy.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Vicente Iborra replaces James Maddison.

Booking

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Harry Arter.

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt missed. Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi following a corner.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).

Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Danny Simpson replaces Demarai Gray.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

goal

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