Saturday 10 December 2016

Flying Foxes reopen gap at top to stay on course for title

Jamie Holland

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Christian Fuchs (28) and Claudio Ranieri celebrate beating Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Christian Fuchs (28) and Claudio Ranieri celebrate beating Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Leicester City took another giant stride towards a fairytale Premier League title success with a 1-0 over Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United last night to stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points.

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Shinji Okazaki scored the game's only goal with a clever overhead volley to put some distance between the Foxes and second-placed Tottenham.

Claudio Ranieri's men went in front after 25 minutes when the flying Japanese beat Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot from close range after Jamie Vardy had nodded the ball back into the danger area.

"It wasn't the best performance from us but we showed fantastic spirit. We defended very well. We played, and we fight. It wasn't nervy in the second half, the team was so close and compact," said Ranieri

Benitez, who succeeded Steve McClaren on Friday, suffered defeat in his first game and has a huge task to keep them up with a crunch match against fellow relegation candidates Sunderland on Sunday.

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