FA Cup: Leicester City beat Watford 4-1 to begin their defence of the trophy

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Leicester City 4-1 Watford: FA Cup holders cruise into the fourth round thanks to goals by Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton as Claudio Ranieri’s return is ruined

  • FA Cup holders Leicester City progressed to the fourth round with a 3-1 win over Watford at the King Power
  • They led through a Youri Tielemans penalty after Francisco Sierralta fouled Mark Albrighton in the box
  • James Maddison was played through by Ademola Lookman to double the lead after 25 minutes
  • Watford pulled a goal back almost immediately when Joao Pedro scored from Ashley Fletcher’s assist 
  • But Leicester made sure of their progress nine minutes into the second-half thanks to a Harvey Barnes goal 
  • Marc Albrighton hammered home a late fourth goal following a neat passing move by the home side 
  • The match was held up in the second-half when the floodlights failed as fans lit up the ground with phones 

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FA Cup holders Leicester City eased into the fourth round with a 4-1 win over Watford in an all-Premier League affair at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes took the lead after seven minutes when Youri Tielemans scored from the penalty spot after Marc Albrighton was shoved by Francisco Sierralta.

And Leicester doubled their advantage when James Maddison ran onto Ademola Lookman’s ball to finish. 

Watford responded within a couple of minutes thanks to Joao Pedro but Harvey Barnes restored Leicester’s two-goal advantage nine minutes into the second-half.

An unhappy return to the King Power Stadium for Claudio Ranieri was confirmed late on when Albrighton added a fourth.

Full report to follow. 

James Maddison (centre) celebrates with his Leicester City team-mates after scoring Leicester's second goal against Watford

James Maddison (centre) celebrates with his Leicester City team-mates after scoring Leicester’s second goal against Watford

Maddison raced onto Ademola Lookman's pass to finish beyond the Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann to make it 2-0

Maddison raced onto Ademola Lookman’s pass to finish beyond the Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann to make it 2-0

 

Youri Tielemans celebrates after converting the penalty that put Leicester a goal ahead just seven minutes into the tie

Youri Tielemans celebrates after converting the penalty that put Leicester a goal ahead just seven minutes into the tie

Tielemans slotted the ball home from 12 yards after Francisco Sierralta shoved over Marc Albrighton in the box to concede it

Tielemans slotted the ball home from 12 yards after Francisco Sierralta shoved over Marc Albrighton in the box to concede it

Watford trio Moussa Sissoko, Ozan Tufan and Francisco Sierralta look dejected after Leicester took the lead from the spot

Watford trio Moussa Sissoko, Ozan Tufan and Francisco Sierralta look dejected after Leicester took the lead from the spot

 

Harvey Barnes is all smiles as he scores Leicester's third goal of the afternoon nine minutes into the second half

Harvey Barnes is all smiles as he scores Leicester’s third goal of the afternoon nine minutes into the second half 

Barnes is congratulated by his Leicester team-mates after restoring the comfort of a two-goal cushion after half-time

Barnes is congratulated by his Leicester team-mates after restoring the comfort of a two-goal cushion after half-time 

A fourth goal, hammered home by Marc Albrighton, sealed Leicester's victory in the closing moments with Watford beaten

A fourth goal, hammered home by Marc Albrighton, sealed Leicester’s victory in the closing moments with Watford beaten

Dejection for the Watford defenders after Albrighton sealed a thoroughly miserable afternoon by scoring Leicester's fourth

Dejection for the Watford defenders after Albrighton sealed a thoroughly miserable afternoon by scoring Leicester’s fourth

 

 

Joao Pedro celebrates with Joao Hernandez after scoring the goal that halved the deficit for Watford on 27 minutes

Joao Pedro celebrates with Joao Hernandez after scoring the goal that halved the deficit for Watford on 27 minutes

Match facts and ratings 

Leicester City (4-2-3-1): Ward; Albrighton (c), Vestergaard, Brunt, Daley-Campbell (Madivadua 46); Choudhury, Tielemans; Lookman (Alves 86), Maddison, Barnes; Perez (McAteer 74)

Substitutes not used: Schmeichel (GK), Stolarczyk (GK); Nelson, Braybrooke

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Scorers: Tielemans pen 7; Maddison 25; Barnes 56 Booked: Daley-Campbell

Watford (4-2-3-1): Bachmann; Ngakia, Cathcart, Sierralta, Morris; Cleverley (Gosling 64), Sissoko (c) (Conteh 75); Pedro (Forde 75), Tufan (Kucka 64), Cucho; Fletcher (Sema 57)

Substitutes not used: Elliot (GK); King, Kamara, Agyakwa

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

Scorer: Pedro 27

Referee: Mike Dean

 

Play at the King Power Stadium was halted for a few minutes during the second-half when the floodlights failed

Play at the King Power Stadium was halted for a few minutes during the second-half when the floodlights failed 

Supporters did their bit to try and illuminate the action in the absence of the floodlights by waving their mobile phones

Supporters did their bit to try and illuminate the action in the absence of the floodlights by waving their mobile phones

 

 

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri (right) shares a joke with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers on his return to the King Power

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri (right) shares a joke with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers on his return to the King Power

Leicester's fans created a colourful display as they set out on their latest FA Cup run having won the trophy last season

Leicester’s fans created a colourful display as they set out on their latest FA Cup run having won the trophy last season

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