Stoke City 0-1 Leicester (13.09.2014) Live Commentary

90+6′
The game produced by the players today wasn’t of the most inspiring ones. It seems they haven’t shown us their best. The hosts were controlling the game most of the time. The home side attempted to create scoring opportunities mostly with long balls. The away players presented themselves with a defensive style of play.
90+6′
 
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
90+2′
 
The corner, delivered by Victor Moses (Stoke City), is intercepted by Ben Hamer (Leicester).
90+2′
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players. Stoke City forced their opponent to concede a corner.
90+2′
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) receives a great pass inside the box and misses a golden chance. The goalkeeper pulls off a stunning save.
90+1′
Great solo effort by Victor Moses (Stoke City) as he tricks his way through two defenders before firing a drive from just outside of the box which is directed under the crossbar. The goalkeeper is ready and produces a stunning save.
90′
 
5 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
90′
 
The booking goes for Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).
89′
CHANCE! Ritchie De Laet (Leicester) picks up a pass inside the box and has a sight of goal, but he blazes his shot well over the top.
88′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
87′
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) sends a lofted cross into the box, but the opponent’s defence heads the ball out of danger. Stoke City get a corner.
87′
 
Stoke City take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal die with nice clearance from the defence.
86′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts. Now Stoke City with a corner.
86′
The opposition’s defence is alert as they clear out a dangerous cross, sent by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City). Stoke City will take a corner kick.
86′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) misses a good chance to score. A perfect cross into the box finds Peter Crouch (Stoke City) who rises for a header, but he sends the ball well over the bar.
84′
 
That will be all from Erik Pieters who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).
84′
Michael Oliver blows the whistle. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. Stoke City have been awarded a free kick.
84′
Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
83′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
82′
 
Here comes a substitution. Jonathan Walters is given a rest as he is replaced by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).
81′
A cross into the penalty area from Victor Moses (Stoke City) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team. The main referee points to the corner flag, Stoke City will take a corner.
80′
Dean Hammond (Leicester) shows good awareness 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 accuracy and flies yards wide of the right-hand post.
80′
A clumsy foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) and Michael Oliver blows the whistle. There is a free kick given to Leicester.
79′
 
Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
78′
 
Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away. Leicester force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
78′
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 get a chance to score from a corner kick.
78′
Dean Hammond (Leicester) 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!
76′
 
Here comes a substitution. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) is brought on as a substitute for Jeffery Schlupp.
74′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
74′
 
Substitution. Totally exhausted Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) is leaving the pitch, and Mame Diouf (Stoke City) will replace him.
72′
 
The goalkeeper punched the ball away after Victor Moses (Stoke City) took the corner.
71′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) sends the corner into the box, but Ben Hamer (Leicester) intercepts it and averts the threat.
71′
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) gets to the ball from the resulting corner and tries his luck with a shot, but one of the defenders steps in to block the effort. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Stoke City.
71′
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender. Good work from Stoke City as they win a corner.
64′
 
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) collects a sweet pass and fires a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net, leaving the keeper helpless.
64′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
64′
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wasted a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box, which is blocked by the opponent’s defence. The ball is out of bounds. Stoke City win a corner kick.
64′
 
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Michael Oliver to the guilty Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).
63′
Ritchie De Laet (Leicester) gets the ball from a rebound and fires from long range towards the net, sending the ball high over the crossbar. The goalkeeper doesn’t have to worry about this one. Very poor attempt.
63′
Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester) takes the free kick from a long way out but the defender manages to get it clear.
62′
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Michael Oliver stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually only a warning comes. Leicester win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
62′
Victor Moses (Stoke City) 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.
59′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
59′
Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the box and has a shot blocked. Stoke City have a corner.
58′
 
Corner kick, taken by Victor Moses (Stoke City), is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.
58′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Stoke City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
55′
 
Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
55′
Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester) sends a long crossfield pass, searching for one of his teammates, but his effort comes to nothing as they lose possession. The ball is out of play. Leicester manage to earn a corner.
53′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) dribbled past his opponents before finding himself in a great position to strike. His attempt from just outside of the box went to the underside of the crossbar, but it wasn’t dangerous and Ben Hamer (Leicester) gathered easily.
49′
 
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Michael Oliver had an easy-decision to make.
48′
What a big chance! Victor Moses (Stoke City) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and skies the ball out of the pitch.
46′
Victor Moses (Stoke City) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
46′
 
Nigel Pearson has decided to substitute Andy King and he is replaced by Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester).
46′
 
It’s time for a substitution. That is the last involvement from Riyiad Mahrez, and he is replaced by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester).
46′
 
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
45+4′
Not a lot happening in the first half, it hasn’t been the best game so far in terms of quality. In the first half, the hosts were more active and enjoyed dominance over the opponent who wasn’t able to keep up. The home team tries to prevail using combination football. The away players present themselves with a defensive style of play.
45+4′
 
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
45+4′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Michael Oliver who sees an offensive foul.
45+3′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) takes the corner kick, but Ben Hamer (Leicester) reads it well and stops the effort.
45+3′
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) latched on to a cross inside the six-yard box to produce a header and if it wasn’t for one of the defenders who made a save on the goal line, he would have been celebrating a goal now. The ball goes out-of-play. Stoke City are awarded a corner kick.
45′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) sends in the corner, but the keeper steps in and makes a save.
43′
Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester) jumps into tackle, but Michael Oliver blows his whistle for a foul.
38′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the left post by a whisker.
38′
Victor Moses (Stoke City) takes the free kick from mid-range, but he balloons his effort high over the bar. What a miskick!
37′
Stoke City win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
36′
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) finds enough space to climb high and plants a header way over the bar. What a poor effort.
35′
 
Stoke City force a corner. They send men into the box.
35′
Victor Moses (Stoke City) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
35′
The free kick from long range. Victor Moses (Stoke City) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
35′
Michael Oliver blows the whistle, Dean Hammond (Leicester) is penalised for a foul. A free kick to Stoke City. It’s in no position to be converted into a direct shot on goal.
33′
Ben Hamer makes a save and denies a long-range effort from Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), which was directed to the middle of the goal.
31′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his strike from the penalty spot isn’t accurate enough, and the ball goes within a few inches over the bar.
29′
 
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) has tested the patience of referee Michael Oliver and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
28′
Andy King (Leicester) probably spotted that the goalkeeper is off his line, but his long-range effort flies just a few inches wide of the left post.
26′
 
Victor Moses (Stoke City) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
26′
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) 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. The ball is out of play. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick.
26′
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots the ball towards the goal from a promising distance. His poor effort goes miles wide of the left post.
25′
A cross from the free kick is whipped in by Victor Moses (Stoke City), but one of the defenders steps in and averts the threat.
24′
Michael Oliver blows his whistle and signals a foul after Ritchie De Laet (Leicester) brought his opponent down. Free kick. Stoke City will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
23′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) latches on to a precise defence-splitting pass and drills a nice strike from a promising distance. Ben Hamer (Leicester) has a clear vision and thwarts his effort, aimed towards the middle of the goal, with a comfortable save.
19′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is quickest inside the box and jumps to connect with the resulting set piece. He produces a fine header, but it flows just wide of the right post.
19′
 
Corner kick. Stoke City will have an opportunity.
19′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of his teammates.
16′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
16′
Victor Moses (Stoke City) did his best to latch on to a crossfield pass, but it was too long and goes out of play. It’s a throw-in. The ball is out of play. Stoke City will take a throw-in.
12′
Attempted cross from Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is cleared.
11′
Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) got rid of the defending players and unloads a powerful, but inaccurate effort from long distance. The goalkeeper can stay completely calm as the ball ends near the right corner flag.
9′
Michael Oliver interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Erik Pieters (Stoke City).
8′
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
7′
 
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is being forced to leave the pitch in order to receive medical treatment and his team will play with a man short for a few minutes.
4′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) found some space to dink a cross from the side into the box, but it would have to be more precise to threaten the opponent.
3′
A crossfield pass from Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) failed to find any of his teammates.
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