Leicester 0-1 Stoke City (17.01.2015) Live Commentary

We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is rather common and not hugely entertaining. The away side was dominant and dictated the tempo of the game. The home team’s main weapon were fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
The referee blows for the end of today’s match.
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) whips a volley from long range towards the goal. His beautiful effort whistles wide of the right post. It was close and it could have been a top class goal! The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Leicester.
Andrej Kramaric (Leicester) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
There will be a minimum of 3 min. of added time.
The horde of the players waited inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) takes it with a short pass.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety. Stoke City earn a corner.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. Corner kick. Stoke City will have an opportunity.
Mark Hughes decides to make a substitution. Victor Moses is going off the pitch and Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is coming on.
Danny Simpson (Leicester) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
Paul Konchesky (Leicester) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
That will be all from Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
A great teamplay by Stoke City as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
A big opportunity is wasted by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester), who makes a yard for himself and produces a mid-range rocket of a shot aimed to the bottom right corner. Unfortunately for him, Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) pulls off a fantastic save to deny his effort. The ball goes out-of-play. Leicester are awarded a corner kick.
Tom Lawrence (Leicester) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Andre Marriner keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Victor Moses (Stoke City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates. The ball is easily cleared out of danger.
Victor Moses (Stoke City) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. The ball is out-of-play and Stoke City manage to earn a corner.
Nigel Pearson has decided to make a change. Tom Lawrence (Leicester) replaces Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester).
Here comes a substitution. David Nugent (Leicester) is given a rest as he is replaced by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester).
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) makes a brilliant save! Andrej Kramaric (Leicester) weaves easily through the defence and unleashes a shot from just outside of the box. His effort goes towards the middle of the goal but it is denied by the mentioned goalkeeper!
Victor Moses (Stoke City) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
Attempted cross from Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is cleared. The assistant referee makes a right call and Stoke City will have a corner.
Substitution has been made. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) is replaced by Andrej Kramaric (Leicester).
Brilliant finish! Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) perfectly collected a pass on the edge of the penalty area, which came from Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), and he produced a nice strike into the bottom right corner. The score is 0:1.
The Stoke City players are exchanging some short passes.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) had a great opportunity as he fired from mid-range. The powerful volley was directed under the crossbar, but Ben Hamer (Leicester) was alert and made an astonishing save!
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Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Andre Marriner, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) didn’t beat the defence and is flagged for offside. Perfect example of the offside trap.
A pass by Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) bursts into the box, and latches on to a pin-point long through ball, but one of the defenders steps in to clear the ball to safety.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester).
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the underside of the roof. Asmir Begovic guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save. The ball is out-of-play. Leicester have been awarded a corner kick.
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee. Leicester win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) is able to continue to play.
A break in play now as Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) needs to receive treatment.
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) and one of his opponents battle for the ball and Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) commits an attacking foul.
Victor Moses (Stoke City) is penalised for holding. Andre Marriner signals for a set piece.
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails far wide of the right post.
Close! Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Leicester.
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared.
Half-time break is over and the second half is starting right now. Enjoy yourself!
If the players are going to carry on with the trend set in the opening 45 minutes, we can expect a decline in the number of visitors for the future matches. So far the game have been rather unattractive. There isn’t any obvious superiority on either side of the pitch. The home side attempts to create scoring opportunities mostly with long balls, while the away team tries to prevail using combination football.
The end of the first half.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) goes off his line to intercept the corner from Anthony Knockaert (Leicester).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders makes a timely clearance. Leicester have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
We will have 2 min. of added time.
Stoke City are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) picks up a lofted cross inside the box and releases a quick shot to the left post. His promising effort is denied by Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), who pulls off a stunning save!
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) fizzes over a cross which can’t cause any danger.
Like an avalanche. Victor Moses (Stoke City) is penalised for his attacking foul. Andre Marriner has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Victor Moses (Stoke City) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) connects with the corner kick around the penalty spot, but he steers his header just wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and Leicester will have a goal kick.
Corner kick. It will be taken by Victor Moses (Stoke City).
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. It will be a corner kick for Stoke City.
Victor Moses (Stoke City) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester) takes a mid-range free kick in attempt to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the goalkeeper gets to it first and climbs high to collect the ball.
Stoke City enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
What a close effort by David Nugent (Leicester) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the left post.
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) had a golden opportunity as he fired from point blank range. His volley was directed low towards the middle of the net, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) was alert and made an amazing save!
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
Victor Moses (Stoke City) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Bojan Krkic (Stoke City). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) picked up an injury.
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders makes a timely clearance. Leicester get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Leicester.
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) is disappointed with himself because he got into a good area, but he produces a poor cross.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) receives a clever chip pass into a promising position. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Andre Marriner won’t hear any protests.
The assistant referee’s flag is up because Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) didn’t find the way to beat the offside trap.
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Jamie Vardy (Leicester) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent. Free kick. Leicester will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) slammed the ball from a mid-range free kick towards the net! He unleashed a low shot that went to the left, exactly where the keeper was standing. Such an easy save for him.
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester) tackles a bit over-zealously. Andre Marriner blows for a foul. Stoke City will be able to take a free kick.
Excellent touch by Victor Moses (Stoke City)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box but produces a miskick that goes high above the bar. Poor effort. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Leicester.
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Anthony Knockaert (Leicester) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Leicester will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
A cross, produced by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester), caused no threat to the opposition’s defence as the ball was cleared out of danger. Leicester get a corner.
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Andre Marriner blows a whistle for a foul. Leicester win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) sprays a pass out to Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), but he can’t beat his man inside the box.
Good clearance! Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. Stoke City will take a throw-in.
The Stoke City players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
David Nugent (Leicester) received a sweet pass from Jamie Vardy (Leicester), but the advance is stopped.
Neat passing move from Stoke City in order to create new attacking opportunities.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Stoke City will have the kick-off.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
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