Vardy scores, sees red but Leicester hold on

first_img Vardy got Leicester off to a perfect start by contributing his 22nd goal of the season in the 18th minute. A counterattack launched by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s long throw saw Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante carry the ball forward before setting up Vardy to strike across the face of goal into the net. But Vardy received the first of two bookings 10 minutes later for a late sliding challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate. The second came 11 minutes into the second half for being adjudged to have dived after being held back by Angelo Ogbonna and then tangling with the defender. Vardy was furious at being dismissed and he will now miss next Sunday’s game against Swansea through suspension. Leicester clung on, preserving their lead for almost 30 minutes before conceding twice late on. Andy Carroll netted from the spot in the 84th after Leicester captain Wes Morgan shoved Winston Reid over and Aaron Creswell put West Ham in front two minutes later. But four minutes into stoppage time, Carroll shoved Jeffrey Schlupp off the ball and this time Leicester were awarded a penalty by referee Jon Moss and Ulloa claimed a valuable leveler. Ranieri’s team LEICESTER, England (AP): Leicester are drawing on the fighting spirit it required to survive in the Premier League a year ago to win the title for the first time. Down to 10 men after being shaken by the dismissal of top scorer Jamie Vardy in the 56th minute, the leaders conceded twice to trail West Ham 2-1. On a day of drama and divisive refereeing at the King Power Stadium, there was one final twist in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Leicester’s substitute striker Leonardo Ulloa displayed coolness from the penalty spot to equalise. Despite dropping points with the 2-2 draw, Leicester extended their lead to eight points over Tottenham, which are at Stoke tonight. “We play every match with blood, heart and soul,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “I said thank you to my players, my fans. We must believe every time. It’s very important psychologically.” perfect start As it stands, Ranieri’s team only requires eight points from its final four matches to be sure of completing one of the most astonishing title wins in the history of English football. What’s more surprising is that the title race isn’t more open, given the collapse of defending champion Chelsea and Manchester rivals City and United struggling for consistency throughout the season. The platform to end a 12-year title drought has also been squandered by Arsenal, which have dropped to fourth this weekend after being held 1-1 by Crystal Palace yesterday. Yannick Bolasie’s late goal canceled out Alexis Sanchez’s first-half opener for Arsenal. Liverpool hasn’t challenged for the title since 2014 and the focus in this season of transition, that has seen Juergen Klopp replace Brendan Rodgers as manager, is now on winning the Europa League. Liverpool, which are eighth in the Premier League, followed up their midweek quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund by beating Bournemouth 2-1. Daniel Sturridge scored after setting up Roberto Firmino’s opener as Liverpool moved to within two points of sixth-place West Ham with a game in hand to boost their bid for Europa League qualification. Liverpool could still land a spot in the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Leicester have already secured their place in European football’s elite competition for the first time and there’s already a party atmosphere at the King Power as the team edges closer to Premier League glory.last_img read more

Brazil wants to lower Neymar’s expectations for World Cup

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Neymar was also going to receive a private meeting with Brazil coach Tite, who wants to try and reduce the pressure on the striker.“Neymar will hear from Tite that he spent three months off the pitch and will not be the exceptional Neymar after that,” Brazilian Football Confederation coordinator Edu Gaspar said at the camp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We will create some ground for him to get his self-confidence back, and that it goes up without too much pressure on his performances.”Neymar hasn’t played since late February when he cracked the fifth metatarsal that connects to the little toe in his right foot. On March 3 he underwent surgery in Brazil and returned to training just one week ago in France. MOST READ French Open organizers won’t give Serena Williams a seeding LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Left back Marcelo, midfielder Casemiro, and striker Roberto Firmino will only join the squad in London next Monday, after Real Madrid and Liverpool meet in the Champions League final in Kiev.The first actual Brazil training will take place on Wednesday at the camp, which went through a $4 million renovation to host the team until Sunday.Brazil will have six practices in Teresopolis before moving camp to North London until June 8.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this photo released by the Brazilian Football Confederation, Brazil’s soccer player Neymar arrives to the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, May 21, 2018. (Lucas Figueiredo/CBF via AP)RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil wants to reduce the expectations on Neymar.The world’s most expensive footballer is at the end of his recovery from a foot operation, and joined 16 Brazil teammates on Monday for physical and medical tests at their Granja Comary camp in Teresopolis, outside Rio de Janeiro.ADVERTISEMENT “Neymar will keep doing what he is doing at Paris Saint-Germain. There is a physical part, then a technical one. But there will also be the emotional part, so he has the real magnitude of what we are thinking,” Gaspar said. “We are not thinking only about Neymar, we will have communication strategies for every athlete.”Gaspar said Neymar will be expected to play about 45 minutes of the friendly against Croatia in Liverpool on June 3, the first of two for Brazil before the World Cup. The second is against Austria in Vienna on June 10.“Today, we talked about playing those two games as if they were the World Cup,” Gaspar said.“We need total reality then, so we start the tournament well. We studied those two teams tactically and saw they were ideal for those friendlies. For now, they are more important than our (World Cup) opener.”Brazil opens in Russia against Switzerland on June 17 in Rostov. Their group also features Costa Rica and Serbia.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more