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Leicester City FC defeated Burnley FC 1-0 in Saturday’s matchup that pulled Leicester City out of the relegation zone and kept Burnley squarely at the bottom.
While a draw would not have helped either Burnley (20th) or Leicester City (then-18th, now-17th) escape the relegation zone, it looked early on as though that would be the case as neither team was able to make any significant headway towards a goal in the first half. A 0-0 tie after 45 minutes plus extra time send both teams to the locker rooms with a stalemate firmly on the table.
Then, at the 59′ mark, Burnley seemed to get the big break they had been hoping for that could lift them out of relegation: A foul on Matthew Taylor well within the penalty area that gave him a nearly perfect opportunity to get Burnley on the board and break the tie.
But it was not to be, Taylor’s kick was deflected and sailed right – as would the team’s hope of escaping the relegation zone less than sixty seconds later:
Just moments later, Leicester City was able to drive the ball all the way to Burnley’s side of the field and within scoring range. Some awful footwork by Burnley players nearly resulted in an own goal, but was finished off by Jamie Vardy to give Leicester the soon-to-be definitive 1-0 lead:
So within the span of a single minute, Burnley went from taking a possible lead to giving up the lead. They would prove unable to get their shots on target as Leicester City goalie Kasper Schmeichel, who had 5 saves for the match.
And with that performance, Leicester City narrowly escapes the relegation zone for now with 31 points (one more than the 30 currently had by Sunderland and 4 more than QPR). As for Burnley, the club finds itself in a deep hole with just 26 points. With only a few more weeks to go, Burnley could very well find itself unable to climb out of the relegation zone.