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Lively Bournemouth send Leicester City back into doldrums

Leicester City stand 14th in the league with 16 points and still in the threat of dropping to the relegation zone.

By: Reuters |
December 14, 2016 11:33:28 am
Bourmouth, Leicester City, LCFC, Bournemouth vs Leicester, English Premier League, EPL, EPL results, football news, sports news Marc Pugh struck the solitary goal of the game in the first half. (Source: Reuters)

English champions Leicester City failed to continue their mini-revival after a clinical finish by Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh condemned them to a 1-0 away defeat in a scrappy Premier League clash on Tuesday.

The outcome kept 14th-placed Leicester close to the relegation zone on 16 points, four above the bottom three who play their games in hand on Wednesday, and was a setback after Saturday’s 4-2 home win over fourth-placed Manchester City.

Bournemouth, who kept the visitors on the back foot for much of the contest, grabbed a 34th-minute winner when Pugh swept in a rebound from 13 metres after Leicester keeper Ron-Robert Zieler did well to parry a close range shot by Benik Afobe.

Leicester had missed an early chance in the seventh minute when striker Jamie Vardy, who scored a hat-trick against City, rounded keeper Artur Boruc with a heavy first touch and saw his harmless shot from a tight angle blocked by a defender.

Boruc came to the hosts’ rescue in the 90th minute when he blocked a close-range shot by substitute Leonardo Ulloa to help seal the points as Bournemouth moved up to eighth on 21 points.

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