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Match Report – Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1

Match Report – Leicester City 0, Cardiff City 1

Now Leicester City know what it feels like to be on the end of a knockout blow. They stunned top class opposition in wins against Chelsea and Manchester City, but were left aghast by the Bluebirds.

Spanish playmaker smashed home a late Cardiff City winner to earn his team their first too flight away win in four years.

Manager Neil Warnock and his team now go into their home clash with Spurs on New Year’s Day having earned four points from two away fixtures after Christmas.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved a penalty for the third time this season when the score was 0-0 and then Camarasa struck during second half injury time.

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He went for goal a few minutes earlier and his effort was horribly off target, but that sighter proved crucial. Camarasa scored the only goal with a stunning strike from outside the penalty area.

He curled a shot into the top corner past a flailing Kasper Schmeichel.

“A moment of individual brilliance,” said former Cardiff defender Danny Gabbidon, speaking on BBC Radio Wales.

“He was the one player capable of doing that.

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“The penalty save by Etheridge was a big moment, along with Bamba’s sharp reaction to clear when the ball ran loose following the spot-kick.

“Camarasa got it all wrong with his sighter just before the goal, but the technique for his goal was exquisite. Schmeichel had no chance.

“For me Cardiff were the better team and always looked a threat. Four points from their last two away games is an excellent return.”

Every Bluebirds player contributed fully to a team performance which frustrated the home team and eventually left the Foxes down and out.

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Camarasa was man of the match, ably supported by fiercely competitive midfield partners Harry Arter and Aron Gunnarsson, while Etheridge and his defenders were inspired.

The Foxes dominated the first half with 63 per cent possession, but Etheridge thwarted their best efforts. His work included denying Jamie Vardy when the England hit man went through on goal.

Leicester drop to eighth, while Cardiff move above Southampton into 16th.

“Victor is quite capable of doing that every week,” said Cardiff manager Neil Warnock. “He is a super lad and deserves it.

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“Overall we deserved the win. We had a good game plan, looked to break when we could and were the better team if I’m honest.

“Our goalkeeper didn’t have many big saves apart from the penalty.

“We showed a lot of character. In the last couple of games we’ve really had to dig deep.”

Leicester manager Claude Puel said: “We conceded in the last minute and that was harsh because we deserved a better result.

“We had the right mentality, but Cardiff are a difficult team to play against with their long throw-ins, free-kicks and second balls.”

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Leicester City: Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Söyüncü, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton (Ghezzal 58), Maddison, Gray, Vardy (Iheanacho 68). Subs not used: Simpson, Ward, Okazaki, Iborra, Fuchs.

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 32,047

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