Leicester win one for Vichai

Sports | 5 Nov 2018

Leicester paid an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grief-stricken club won 1-0 at Cardiff following their owner's tragic death. Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette's late equalizer gave Arsenal a 1-1 draw against new Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside Leicester's King Power Stadium last weekend.

With Vichai's funeral under way on Saturday in Bangkok, Leicester headed to Cardiff for a match that served as a chance to honor their late owner.

While results have been rendered irrelevant by the crash, it was fitting that Leicester took the points in their first match since Vichai's death, thanks to Demarai Gray's second-half winner at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel felt the tragedy more than most as he witnessed the immediate aftermath of the crash.

"I feel proud. It's been a really tough week for everyone. The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built," Schmeichel said. "That took a lot. It has been an emotional day. I'm glad we got three points for him."

The Foxes wore white T-shirts bearing Vichai's image and the words "The Boss" on the front during the pre-match warm-up.

Normally, the showdown between revitalized Arsenal and title-chasing Liverpool would have hogged the spotlight.

The Emirates Stadium clash proved a classic encounter as Arsenal showed they are capable of going toe to toe with the top four after years of underachievement.

Liverpool, unbeaten in their 11 league games this season, move one point above Manchester City.

At Dean Court, Marcus Rashford's close-range finish in stoppage-time helped Manchester United win 2-1.

It was United's third victory in their last four league games.

Tottenham climbed to fourth place with a thrilling 3-2 win at Wolves.

Newcastle earned their first league win this season, a 1-0 success, against Watford at St James' Park.

Everton beat Brighton 3-1, and West Ham won 4-2 against Burnley.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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