Leicester City took another step towards the Premier League title after Riyad Mahrez gave them 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
- Crystal Palace 0 Leicester City 1
- Mahrez strikes again
- Delaney hits the bar late on
- Leicester retain five point lead
- Palace now 13 games without a win
There were chances for both sides in the first half, with plenty of action on the wings, but it was Leicester who made one of their chances count when Riyad Mahrez met Jamie Vardy’s ball across the box with a neat first-time finish in the 34th minute.
The Foxes had to grind out the result in the second half as Damien Delaney’s strike hit the post, giving them a late scare, but another victory keeps them at least five points clear at the top of the standings with seven matches left to play.
Palace had plenty of possession in the early stages but Leicester were always a threat on the counter-attack, and Shinji Okazaki almost worked an early opening goal with a slicing run down the left channel and into the Palace box, where he dinked in a cross from the byline over the goalkeeper, but Riyad Mahrez couldn’t connect with the close-range header.
Leicester’s next meaningful attack came in the 18th minute when Danny Drinkwater’s through ball found Mahrez in space and through on goal, but Wayne Hennessey got enough of a touch on it to deflect to take the sting off and Scott Dann was tracking back to clear.
The Eagles had a good chance in the 30th minute when a long ball over the top picked out Yannick Bolasie down the left flank. He made his way into box and sent a cross in from the byline for Emmanuel Adebayor in the centre, but the striker slipped at the crucial moment, and Wilfried Zaha, meeting it at the far post, fired wide.
But Leicester took the lead soon afterwards. An attack from the Foxes wasn’t cleared further than Drinkwater, who picked out Jamie Vardy in the box and his low ball across goal was met by Mahrez with a neat first-time finish.
Bolasie almost hit back for the Eagles just three minutes later when Bolasie fired off a shot that took a deflection off Danny Simpson to almost fool Kasper Schmeichel in goal, before Marc Albrighton also had a pop at the other end, forcing Hennessey to get down well to push the ball away from his bottom corner. It didn’t take long after the break for Okazaki to work his first chance of the second half, meeting a pass with a lovely turn in the box, but his shot was off-target. I minute later and the Japan international picked out Mahrez with a back-heel, but his effort was skewed well wide. Okazaki got another chance in the 57th minute when the Palace defence failed to pick him up as Christian Fuchs launched the ball into the box from a throw-in, but his glancing header from close-range missed the target. Damien Delaney almost rescued a point for Palace right at the death when Dann headed a corner back into the fray, and Delaney took a first touch on his chest before firing his volley against the crossbar, but in the end the Foxes took another step towards the Premier League title.