Ebene Magazine – Leicester and Aston Villa both fall away and suffer blows to their European aspirations

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Ebene Magazine - Leicester and Aston Villa both fall away and suffer blows to their European aspirations

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KASPER SCHMEICHEL came to Leicester’s rescue with some key saves at Burnley when the Foxes under Brendan Rodgers avoided three straight defeats for the first time with a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

The European aspirations of Aston Villa also suffered a blow in a 1-0 loss to Basement Club Sheffield United, decided by a goal from former Irish international David McGoldrick.

At Turf Moor, Matej Vydra’s first goal in the Premier League since canceled more than a year by Kelechi Iheanacho’s fantastic volley in the first half. Schmeichel secured a point for a Leicester side without several first-team players including Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet and James Maddison, James Justin Wes Morgan, Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans.

Schmeichel held a header from James Tarkowski and Chris Wood away before Ashley Westwood hit a post, and although Leicester caught up late and Youri Tielemans was also challenged by the goal frame, the teams drew 1-1.

Wilfried Ndidi was in trouble by Hamza Choudhury’s loose back pass who was intercepted by Vydra, whose first touch led him past the provisional center half before shooting a left-footed shot high into the net after just four minutes.

It was a confident finish from a player, the last time on February 22nd last year in the league, but Leicester found its feet after a sluggish start as Choudhury nearly came for his fe After the midfielder was not marked in the area, the midfielder’s target was tilted by Pope while Tielemans dismissed criminal charges after a leg tangle with Charlie Taylor on the right side of the area.

But Leicester’s endeavors were rewarded after 34 minutes when Ndidi’s floating pass over the tip was finished with serenity by Iheanacho, who skilfully played over Nick Pope after letting the ball drift over his right shoulder.

Schmeichel rescued brilliantly on his left after James Tarkowski had climbed the highest of the back post to direct Dwight McNeil’s cross towards goal while Pope on the other end tipped Tieleman’s powerful shot away.

Schmeichel was in full swing twice after the break to take Wood’s header and then a deflected hit from the New Zealand striker, who made his first start in a month after injury / p> Sheffield United, meanwhile, showed that there is still a fight in them after fighting with 10 men for more than half an hour to beat Aston Villa 1-0.

David McGoldrick celebrates his winning goal.

Source: Tim Goode

David McGoldrick’s goal in the first half gave the bottom of the table the lead, but they were faced with a difficult task to hold onto that lead when Phil Jagielka was sent off at the start of the second half.

But the remaining 10 blades stood firm and solidly defended and will feel they have kept their faint hopes of making the greatest escapes alive.

Meanwhile, Villa still hopes for a European qualification but has to show that without Captain Jack Grealish, who is absent from Bramall Lane with an injury to his lower leg, if these ambitions are to be realized.

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McGoldrick put the blades in front on 31 minutes when he turned home. George Baldock’s cross shot shot out and reached out to steer the ball over the underside of the crossbar into the net.

Traore almost immediately equaled what would have been a target of the season contender. It was his own work weaving its way through Oliver Norwood, Jagielka and Ethan Ampadu before rolling a left foot shot just three feet from the post.

Rhian Brewster, who signed the club record, shot for the first time right on Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as he tried to score his first goal since arriving at Bramall Lane in early October.

Watkins headed off the crossbar before the hosts on 55 minutes after Phil Jagielka El Ghazi were reduced to 10 men.

Referee Robert Jones initially only gave Jagielka a yellow card, but after being advised to view the incident on the pitchside monitor, the referee changed his decision to a red card and dispatched the defender of Blades.

It could turn out to be another controversial VAR decision as the question arises as to whether El Ghazi would have lost the goal when Kean Bryan did his best b, to cover Jagielka.

That gave Villa 30 minutes to save a point against United’s 10 men, but they couldn’t equalize despite the late arrival of Morgan Sanson and Ross Barkley.

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