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Summary

  1. Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Cabaye, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Adebayor.
  2. Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Okazaki, Albrighton, Vardy

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By Chris Bevan

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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

"We're going to win the league," sing the jubilant Leicester fans, understandably, and the Foxes players have just been across to thank them for their support.

A reminder before I go that this win leaves Leicester eight points clear at the top - for reaction from Selhurst Park head here, or read a developing match report here.

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Another step closer to the title for Leicester!

Leicester celebrate
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HITS THE WOODWORK

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Leicester get lucky here... twice.

First Kasper Schmeichel makes a hash of a ball into the box and sees the ball bounce wide off Leonardo Ulloa's head.

Then, from the resulting corner, Scott Dann's header finds Damian Delaney, who chests the ball down before thundering a shot against the bar.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Three minutes of stoppage time at Selhurst Park. Jamie Vardy is going off, to be replaced by Daniel Amartey.

Daniel Amartey coming on
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Palace are still in this game, but only because Damien Delaney gets across to put in a last-ditch tackle to deny Jamie Vardy, who had burst clear into the box. Great play by the Leicester striker - in the stands, England boss Roy Hodgson nods approvingly.

Jamie Vardy
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SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Another Leicester change - off goes their goalscorer, Riyad Mahrez. 

Jeff Schlupp is coming on to help them try to see this one out.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"It looks like Alan Pardew has aged by five years during the course of this game!

"Palace are as desperate for the points as Leicester, for completely different reasons. This has been such an honest game."

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Palace's best hope of getting something from this game remains Bakary Sako. He lets fly with a thunderous strike from 25 yards, which is parried by Kasper Schmeichel... this will be a big 10 minutes for Leicester's title hopes.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

I thought you were supposed to swap shirts after the game? Scott Dann gets hold of Robert Huth at a Leicester corner, and pulls his shirt clean off.

Robert Huth with Wilfried Zaha
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

And Palace make their final change, and a last roll of the dice - Dwight Gayle is on for Joe Ledley

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Leicester's first change sees Leonardo Ulloa on for the hard-working Shinji Okazaki, who has put in another shift.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Tell you what, Bakary Sako can shoot too. He pops up on the right this time, cutting inside before letting fly... but Kasper Schmeichel is in the right place to keep it out.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Bakary Sako can definitely pick out a decent cross or too - the Palace substitute puts in another delicious delivery, but Yohan Cabaye was the only man in the box who was anywhere near it.

Bakary Sako
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'You're not coming in!'

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

Wes Morgan and Robert Huth
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"Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are like two bouncers at the heart of that Leicester defence. If your name's not down, if you're not on the list, you're not coming in!"

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"Palace are sinking down that table fast. Alan Pardew will have beaten the drum again at half-time."  

Palace forward Wilfried Zaha fails to score
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Palace are persevering, though... they keep firing in those crosses, to no avail. Leicester are under pressure, but are dealing with everything thrown at them at the moment.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Danny Drinkwater has shown today why he is now in the England frame - the Leicester midfielder, named in Roy Hodgson's latest squad this week - helped work the ball upfield with a series of quick-fire passes - only the final ball, aimed for Jamie Vardy at the far post - goes astray.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Could Leicester regret their missed chances? Palace are still plugging away, and Bakary Sako just put in a peach of a curling cross from the left. Nobody in the box to get on the end of it, though.

Claudio Ranieri
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Another Leicester chance, and they should really be 2-0 up. Christian Fuchs launches a long throw - Stoke style - into the area and Shinji Okazaki steals in to get on the end of it, but sends his header over the bar from point-blank range at the near post.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Yohan Cabaye fires it in - straight down Kasper Schmeichel's throat. He elects to punch, rather than catch, and immediately launches a counter-attack. It comes to nothing but that is the way Leicester roll.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Plenty of possession by Palace but no way through at the moment. They do have a free-kick on the left of the box, though, because Yannick Bolasie has just been fouled...

Yannick Bolasie
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CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Leicester go within a few inches of doubling their lead. Marc Albrighton holds off a couple of challenges before feeding Shinji Okazaki, who turns and flashed his shot a fraction over the bar.

Okazaki has just been involved again, teeing up Riyad Mahrez, but his shot swerved away from goal.  

KICK-OFF

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Palace get the second half started. The Eagles have made a double-change at the break with Martin Kelly and Bakary Sako are on for Pape N'Diaye Souare and Emmanuel Adebayor.

HALF-TIME

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Leicester go in ahead at the break, and are edging closer and closer to the title.

Riyad Mahrez
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Just one minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Palace are still pumping balls forward but they are not really causing Leicester many problems when they put the ball in the box from so deep.

One Palace cross actually ends up putting the Eagles in trouble - Kasper Schmeichel punches clear and Pape N'Diaye Souare hauls down Jamie Vardy as he threatens to burst forward. That's a booking.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

As things stand, Leicester are eight points clear at the top of the table. I'm sure Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri won't be getting carried away, though.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Leicester are playing some lovely stuff when they come forward, and they have just gone close again - Marc Albrighton making space to let fly with a low shot that is pushed away by Wayne Hennessey.

GREAT SAVE!

Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Palace have responded well since going behind. Yannick Bolasie, who has seen plenty of the ball down the left, cuts in and sees his shot deflected off Wes Morgan, but Kasper Schmeichel reacts well to keep it out.

GOAL - Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester

Riyad Mahrez (34 mins)

Leicester have been on the backfoot, but they have the lead. 

A cross from the right is cleared as far as Danny Drinkwater, who finds Jamie Vardy on the left-hand side of the box... and he fires in a fizzing cross that finds Riyad Mahrez unmarked to turn it home from roughly six yards out.

Riyad Mahrez
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YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel dashed out to remonstrate with referee Mike Jones as soon as Wilfried Zaha had missed that chance. Not sure what is was about, but it earned him a booking.

Here come Palace again - another cross, this time by Joel Ward from the left. Yannick Bolasie climbs highest to nod it down but Joe Ledley is not alert to the bouncing ball, which bounces... wide.

Palace's first big chance...

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

Palace's pressure continues and, this time, they get an opening.

Yannick Bolasie gets the better of Danny Simpson and sends in another cross from the left - Emmanuel Adebayor slips but here comes Wilfried Zaha unmarked at the far post... to skew his shot wide. A big chance, and it went begging.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

A better spell by Palace, who get forward far enough to try a few crosses rather than just hoisting high balls towards the Leicester box, but none of them find Emmanuel Adebayor in the middle.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

Palace have created next to nothing in the first 25 minutes or so... Emmanuel Adebayor briefly got on the right side of Robert Huth has they chased a bouncing ball near the box, but Huth showed his nimble side to recover.

Robert Huth
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Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

Scott Dann tidied up to hack the ball clear after that Riyad Mahrez chance - it was still trundling in the general direction of the goal after Wayne Hennessey's block - and the Palace defence is soon on high alert again, when Shinji Okazaki meets a corner at the near post but sees his effort fly narrowly wide - it was Dann, again, who got in the way.

GREAT SAVE!

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

Leicester find the right pass at last - and what a pass it was - Marc Albrighton releasing Riyad Mahrez and sending him sprinting clear.

The Algerian has only Wayne Hennessey to beat, but the big Welshman spreads himself well and gets enough on the ball to block.

Riyad Mahrez
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'They look like worthy league leaders, Leicester'

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

Clive Allen

Former Tottenham & England forward at Selhurst Park for 5 live Sport

"Leicester are quicker, sharper and want the ball more, and Palace cannot get into this game. The Foxes have had the right attitude and work ethic so far, and are dominating.

"They look like worthy league leaders, Leicester, the way they have started this game."

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

"We're Leicester City, we're top of the league," is the song being belted out by the Foxes fans in the stands. On the pitch, their team are playing some neat passes but the final ball is eluding them, so far...

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

That Yannick Bolasie daisy-cutter is the only shot at goal from either team so far, but Selhurst Park is still rocking - both sets of fans making a real racket.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Leicester

A first sniff for Leicester here - Shinji Okazaki gets down the left and to the byeline inside the area and gets a cross in too... it loops up off the boot of Joe Ledley, who attempts to block, but almost drops on to the head of Riyad Mahrez, who is arriving at pace in the six-yard box.