Var denies the equal to Aston Villa in the final: 2-1 for the Hammers Cottagers win in memory of Diop.
Leicester have a problem: the knockout at home with Fulham, fourth defeat in the league, certifies the vulnerability of Brendan Rodgers’ team in his stadium.
After the 0-3 with West Ham (October 4) and the 0-1 with Aston Villa (October 18), here is the 1-2 with the Cottagers and the vague goal of reaching the top of the duo Tottenham Liverpool.
It is the second blow in a row for the Foxes after the 3-0 cashed on November 22 at Anfield against Liverpool. Fulham, on the other hand, rose to 7 and left the relegation zone: the Londoners got behind Sheffield United, Burnley and WBA.
In the first half Scott Parker’s gang plays well: ball possession, counterattacks, attention in defense. The first real chance is for Leicester in the 19 ‘: Tielemans’ post and, on the rebound, Fofana’s crossbar.
The 1-0 matures in the 30th minute with a fast counterattack, led by Anguissa, one of the best in the field. The Cameroonian, paid 30 million euros in the summer of 2018, runs fifty meters with the ball at his foot and frees Lookman: the attacker’s perfect execution, who then shows the shirt of Papa Boupa Diop, the legendary Senegal player,
to the cameras passed away on Sunday at the age of 42. Eight minutes later, Fuchs tackled DeCordova-Reid in the box.
Var recalls Hooper: after consulting the monitor, the referee concedes the penalty to Fulham. Scott Parker trembles on the bench: the Londoners missed three penalties in a row.
The insertions of Under and Barnes at the beginning of the second half make Leicester more aggressive. Fulham defends themselves and Iheanacho’s entry increases the thrust of the Foxes. Fulham touched 3-0 with Lookman and in the final, 86 ', on the support of Varty, a stone from Barnes reopened the match. Belly attack of the Rodgers team, but Fulham hold and return home with a full tank.
To complete the positive day of the Londoners comes the victory of West Ham over Aston Villa in the second match on Monday. Seasoned by the now inevitable controversy over the Var: Watkins would find the equal for the Villans in the recovery, but the computer projections reveal the offside position after four minutes of analysis with the ball stopped. Good for Moyes, who sees his team climb to fifth place in the standings, just 4 points from the top: overtaking the Villans, but they have a race to recover.
OGBONNA, WHAT A DETACHMENT
The match is released in the second minute thanks to a great detachment by Ogbonna on a corner kick. The Italian central is instead unlucky in the 25th minute, when he deflects a fireball from Grealish just enough to put Fabianski out of action. In the second half Benrahma immediately finds Bowen’s head for the 2-1 goal that will become decisive. Then, after a hard-fought recovery, everyone stopped to wait for the Var verdict on Watkins’ goal-non-goal. Negative for Aston Villa, who comes out of the London Stadium chewing bitter.