Leicester City 0 Everton 2 – Goals from Richarlison and Holgate down Leicester City
2020-21 English Premier League report: Leicester City vs. Everton – Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Leicester City 0 Everton 2 – King Power stadium
Leicester City missed an opportunity to move up the points table as they succumbed 0-2 to Everton at the King Power stadium. After beating Chelsea last weekend, Carlo Ancelotti's Toffees kept up their good show against top-flight clubs as they helped themselves to goals in either half to get better of the Foxes.
It were the hosts who began on the front foot when Youri Tielemans' drive went wide with only 2 minutes of the play gone. But much against the run of play, Richarlison's shot from a distance was palmed into his own corner for Everton's first in the 20th minute.
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Brendan Rodgers' Foxes should have levelled minutes later with Jamie Vardy being presented with an open goal but the English striker headed straight at keeper Robin Olsen. The prolific Dominic Calvert-Lewin tested Kasper Schmeichel twice with tempting overhead crosses but they were properly dealt with by the Leicester custodian.
Cengiz Under came close a few minutes before half-time as he forced a good stop from Olsen.
Leicester's response to being a goal down at interval was unimpressive post the break as there were half-hearted attempts at equalizing from Tielemans and Under from long-range efforts.
The usually resourceful James Maddison too fired over from a similar range with the hosts failing to convert whatever little opportunities they could find in the second-half.
Rather it were the visiting Toffees who looked very much the side that could score when Schmeichel made a couple of double-saves to keep out efforts from Yerry Mina and Calvert-Lewin from a corner.
But the Foxes keeper could not prevent Mason Holgate from getting the Toffees's second of the evening. The 72nd minute saw Schmeichel parry away a Michael Keane header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner but the rebound from the saved effort fell to defender Holgate who pounced on the loose ball to poke in.
With 7 minutes of play still to go, Leicester seemed to have earned a lifeline when Andre Gomnes' challenge on Ayoze Perez inside the Everton box was ruled a penalty. But referee Lee Mason reversed his decision after viewing the pitchside monitor. Nothing was going the hosts' way as Perez was denied a goal after being adjudged offisde by the VAR.
Everton are now a point behind 4th-placed Leicester after winning back-to-back games – something they have achieved even without their star signing James Rodriguez, out due to a calf injury.
Leicester starting XI: Schmeichel (goal), Justin, Fofana, Ndidi, Fuchs, Tielemans, Mendy, Under, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.
Subs: Perez, Iheanacho.
Everton starting XI: Olsen (goal), Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey, Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Subs: Gomes, Gordon, Kenny.
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