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Soccer-Konsa in song as Villa returns to beat Leicester 2-1

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Football – Premier League – Aston Villa v Leicester City – Villa Park, Birmingham, England – December 5, 2021 Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa celebrates scoring his second goal with teammates Action image via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff

December 5, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Defender Ezri Konsa scored twice as Aston Villa came back to beat Leicester City 2-1, moving ahead of them in 10th place in the Premier League table on goal difference. on Sunday after a tense encounter.

Harvey Barnes squeezed the ball over Konsa’s feet to open the scoring in the 14th minute, but Konsa touched the last ball in Emiliano Buendia’s close-range header to bring his side back to the top three minutes later.

Villa thought they had taken the lead in injury time in the first half when Jacob Ramsey hit the back of the net in a collision with Kasper Schmeichel, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR review when the keeper was found dead. ball control.

Undeterred, Konsa took the lead nine minutes into the second when he headed home John McGinn from a tight angle behind the post.

The 10th goal Leicester have conceded this season, excluding penalties.

McGinn’s precise coordination and keen passing created numerous chances in the second half for Villa, with Ollie Watkins being denied by Schmeichel in the 67th minute and Jacob Ramsey creating another chance four minutes later.

Jamie Vardy came on from the bench to help Leicester’s attack put a shot straight into the hand but it was Harvey Barnes who came closest to equalize for the visitors, forcing Emiliano Martinez to make a brilliant save. at the 75th minute.

Schmeichel’s goal kept Leicester going and he also made a late breakthrough to win a corner in second-half stoppage time, but Villa tried to catch up to bring the manager back. new Steven Gerrard’s third win in four league games.

The Villa Gerrard manager revealed that his efforts to fuel his side at half-time paid off.

“I thought Leicester got off to a really good start. We were too passive. When we did the passes, there were a lot of sloppy redirects. We gave the players some facts at home in the first half. The reaction is exactly what we wanted,” he told Sky Sports.

“To get nine points from 12 is a big comeback from the players. They deserve credit, but there’s still work to be done. Some of them still need to improve,” he added.

Next up for Gerrard is a trip back to Anfield, but it won’t be an emotional journey for the 41-year-old.

“I just want to go there and win. We go there with confidence and conviction, we just want to make it as hard as we can,” he said.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Jan Harvey, Clare Fallon and Alex Richardson)

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