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Leicester   2 - 2   Man City

Sol Bamba celebrates scoring for Leicester
Man City could not cope with the presence of defender Bamba at set-pieces

By Paul Fletcher

Andy King struck the equaliser as Leicester deservedly took big-spending Manchester City to a replay after a pulsating FA Cup third-round tie.

The Foxes took the lead inside a minute when new signing Sol Bamba stabbed home from inside the six-yard box.

James Milner levelled with a crisp left-foot strike on 23 minutes before Carlos Tevez scored just before the break with a clever close-range finish.

King pounced after keeper Joe Hart spilled a cross in the 64th minute.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's Championship team produced an enterprising performance that, at times, had their Premier League opponents firmly on the back foot.

The Swede managed Manchester City during the 2007-8 season, and the winners of the replay will meet another of Eriksson's former clubs - Notts County - in the fourth round.

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It was an afternoon that saw Eriksson pit his wits against a former apprentice in current Manchester City boss Robert Mancini, who played under Eriksson for eight years at Sampdoria and Lazio.

Mancini's first coaching role was also under Eriksson at Lazio, and his old boss's current side can consider themselves slightly unfortunate not to have claimed a famous FA Cup scalp.

The match got off to a blistering start when Bamba, making his debut after joining from Hibernian, gave the hosts a dream start with his first touch in English football.

Paul Gallagher was a constant menace with his superb deliveries all afternoon, and his cross from the left was flicked by Jack Hobbs into the path of the unmarked Bamba, who bundled the ball home.

It was the first of a series of chances for the French central defender, who used his physical presence to ruffle the opposition at set pieces.

He forced a brilliant reaction save from Hart with a bullet header later in the first half, while Japan international Yuki Abe forced an athletic stop from the City keeper with a 25-yard drive after jinking past Milner.

It took Mancini's side some time to come to terms with Leicester's fast start, but they should have levelled through Patrick Vieira, who was one of six changes from the City side that drew 0-0 at Arsenal on Wednesday.

The midfielder was unmarked six yards from goal but made poor contact with his volley and Chris Weale saved.

Milner's equaliser was pure class, with the midfielder collecting a return pass from Tevez before ghosting beyond Bamba and shooting past Weale.

His goal came just shy of 24 minutes - the point at which the visiting fans turned away from the action for a minute in honour of Neil Young, the Manchester City great who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

It was after 24 minutes of the 1969 FA Cup final against the Foxes that Young struck the only goal of the contest, and supporters also wore red and black scarves, replicating their team's colours that day.

In contrast, Adam Johnson wasted a great chance for the Premier League side before the break, failing to convert Milner's low pass across goal from six yards with the unmarked Jo in a slightly better position just behind him.

But Tevez did ensure City went in ahead, slotting home with the inside of his right heel at the near post from Milner's low cross.

Mancini tweaked his team's formation after the interval, with Nigel de Jong replacing the largely ineffective Shaun Wright-Phillips as City switched from 4-4-2 to their usual 4-3-3.

The Foxes should have equalised through Hobbs, who was left completely unmarked at the far post from a Gallagher corner, but headed wastefully wide.

Leicester continued to play at a high tempo and eventually equalised, thanks in part to poor goalkeeping from England's Hart.

Gallagher's cross from the left bounced awkwardly in front of Hart, who should still have gathered the ball but spilled it into the path of King, who slotted home.

Leicester really took the game to their opponents after King's goal, and it took a goal-line clearance from Milner to prevent Bamba from heading the Foxes back in front after Mancini's side yet again failed to deal with a set piece.

The visiting side did create one clear opening when the largely anonymous Tevez swivelled and played in an unmarked De Jong, but Weale saved his shot.

Tevez himself had a shot from a tight angle saved in the dying minutes, but a late winner for the visitors would have been very tough on the Foxes.

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 2-2 Man City FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Bamba 1
  • King 64
  • Milner 23
  • Tevez 45

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 15 Berner (Neilson 90+4)
  • 16 Naughton
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 34 Bamba
  • 10 King
  • 11 Dyer (Waghorn 79)
  • 19 Wellens
  • 22 Abe
  • 07 Gallagher
  • 37 Vassell (Howard 83)

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan,
  • 02 Neilson,
  • 06 Moreno,
  • 08 Oakley,
  • 23 Moussa,
  • 09 Howard,
  • 14 Waghorn

Man City

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 31,200
LEICESTER
MAN CITY

Possession

  • Leicester 52%
  • Man City 48%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 10
  • Man City 7

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 4
  • Man City 3

Corners

  • Leicester 7
  • Man City 7

Fouls

  • Leicester 13
  • Man City 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:27 Substitution Robbie Neilson replaces Bruno Berner.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:30 Patrick Vieira is ruled offside. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+2:30 Patrick Vieira is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 90:00+2:03 Nigel De Jong fouled by Bruno Berner, the ref awards a free kick. James Milner crosses the ball in from the free kick, Richie Wellens manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:45 Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 90:00+0:30 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Chris Weale makes a fantastic save.
  • 87:57 Corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line played to the near post, Richie Wellens makes a clearance.
  • 87:28 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the left by-line, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:45 Foul by Yuki Abe on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
  • 86:00 Shot by Yuki Abe from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 84:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Kolo Toure. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:53 Steve Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Kolo Toure takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:29 Kyle Naughton fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:29 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Steve Howard coming on for Darius Vassell.
  • 80:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Gallagher by Pablo Zabaleta. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 78:57 Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Brilliant save by Chris Weale.
  • Correction - 78:11 Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallagher.
  • Correction - 78:11 Substitution Martyn Waghorn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lloyd Dyer.
  • 78:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Richie Wellens. Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:11 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Martyn Waghorn coming on for Lloyd Dyer.
  • 77:11 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Clearance by James Milner.
  • 76:17 Substitution Martyn Waghorn is brought on as a substitute for Paul Gallagher.
  • 72:48 Substitution Pablo Zabaleta is brought on as a substitute for Joao Alves Jo.
  • 71:30 The official flags James Milner offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
  • 70:38 The official flags Lloyd Dyer offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:41 Nigel De Jong challenges Richie Wellens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Gallagher, blocked by Jerome Boateng.
  • 68:53 Joleon Lescott challenges Darius Vassell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.
  • 68:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Richie Wellens. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joao Alves Jo on Richie Wellens. Souleymane Bamba takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:28 Effort from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez goes over the bar.
  • 65:29 Foul by Darius Vassell on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:08 A cross is delivered by Paul Gallagher, save by Joe Hart.
  • 63:08 GOAL - Andy KingLeicester 2 - 2 Man City Andy King scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 2-2 Man City.
  • 61:40 James Milner has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Comfortable save by Chris Weale.
  • 57:07 Darius Vassell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kolo Toure. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:59 Paul Gallagher produces a cross, clearance by Kolo Toure.
  • 56:29 Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens. Paul Gallagher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:42 The referee blows for offside. Souleymane Bamba restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Vieira by Richie Wellens. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 53:38 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Jack Hobbs goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 51:36 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher from the right by-line, Andy King takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a save.
  • 51:24 Lloyd Dyer decides to take the corner short.
  • 50:52 Foul by James Milner on Souleymane Bamba, free kick awarded. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:56 Adam Johnson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Kyle Naughton.
  • 49:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yuki Abe on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
  • 45:50 Effort from the edge of the box by Lloyd Dyer goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Nigel De Jong coming on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:05 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+1:04 Effort from 18 yards by Paul Gallagher. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
  • 44:10 Assist by James Milner.
  • 44:10 GOAL - Carlos TevezLeicester 1 - 2 Man City Carlos Tevez finds the net with a brilliant goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-2 Man City.
  • 43:44 Adam Johnson takes a short corner.
  • 42:16 Richie Wellens fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 40:52 Foul by Richie Wellens on James Milner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 39:11 Close range shot by Adam Johnson misses to the left of the goal.
  • 38:29 Andy King has a lobbed shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
  • Correction - 37:14 The official flags Darius Vassell offside. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 37:14 Darius Vassell is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
  • 35:10 Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Gallagher, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Shaun Wright-Phillips manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:12 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher, Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
  • 32:58 Yuki Abe has a drilled shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
  • 29:28 Effort on goal by Carlos Tevez from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 28:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Andy King. Paul Gallagher takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:01 Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
  • 26:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Darius Vassell. Free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
  • 24:29 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Tevez. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:42 Yuki Abe fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Gallagher.
  • 22:18 The assist for the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
  • 22:18 GOAL - James MilnerLeicester 1 - 1 Man City James Milner fires in a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Man City.
  • 21:03 The referee blows for offside. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:45 The official flags Lloyd Dyer offside. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
  • 20:06 Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Paul Gallagher results in a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:27 The assistant referee flags for offside against Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 19:00 Aleksandar Kolarov takes the inswinging corner, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:08 Foul by Darius Vassell on Carlos Tevez, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov from the free kick.
  • 17:54 Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Jack Hobbs results in a free kick. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:39 Corner taken by Adam Johnson, Patrick Vieira takes a shot from 18 yards. Chris Weale makes a brilliant save.
  • 12:32 The ball is crossed by Jerome Boateng, blocked by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 4:49 Patrick Vieira is adjudged to have handled the ball. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:19 Darius Vassell fouled by Adam Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Gallagher, save by Joe Hart.
  • 2:13 Joao Alves Jo is caught offside. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:52 The assist for the goal came from Paul Gallagher.
  • 0:52 GOAL - Souleymane BambaLeicester 1 - 0 Man City Souleymane Bamba gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Man City.
  • 0:31 Corner taken short by Paul Gallagher.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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