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Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City

Leonardo Ulloa
Leicester have collected 19 points from their last eight games
  • Leicester ensure Premier League safety
  • Foxes were bottom at beginning of April
  • Sunderland need a further point to guarantee staying up
  • Black Cats travel to Arsenal and Chelsea in final games

Leicester City secured survival while Sunderland edged closer to it after their goalless Premier League draw.

Hull's 2-0 defeat against Tottenham means Sunderland need a point from either of their last two games, at Arsenal and Chelsea, to secure safety.

The Black Cats could have taken the lead in the first half but Danny Graham shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

Leonardo Ulloa came close with a flicked effort in the second period but neither side could break the deadlock.

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Pearson delight at safety

Nigel Pearson's Leicester side were bottom of the table and seven points adrift at the beginning of April, but have turned it around and can now look forward to another season in the Premier League.

Their remarkable recent run has seen them pick up 19 points from their last eight games to stave off a return to the Championship after only one campaign.

Their last game of the season - against QPR - was being billed as a battle for survival, but with Rangers already down and Leicester safe, it is now an encounter with little at stake.

Leicester City players
The Leicester City players celebrated on the pitch after ensuring Premier League survival

Meanwhile, Dick Advocaat's Sunderland side have taken 11 points from their past six games as they look to repeat last year's miraculous escape, when they won their final four games under Gus Poyet to stay in the top flight.

And although they still need a point to be sure of staying up, with daunting trips to Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge still to come, the Sunderland supporters celebrated as news filtered through of QPR beating Newcastle and Spurs winning against Hull.

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Sunderland almost there - Advocaat

Sunderland striker Graham had the best chance of the first half, but could not connect properly with a volley, while fellow front man Connor Wickham blazed an effort wide as he failed to add to his five goals this season.

Home winger Sebastian Larsson also went close with a free-kick which was pushed away by Leicester keeper Schmeichel.

Riyad Mahrez and Ulloa worked away up front for Leicester but neither were able to find the target when given opportunities, although the Foxes were well worth a point.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat:

"It was a very exciting match for both teams, with a lot of nerves, but both teams work so hard. We had more opportunities, but I think 0-0 is a good result.

"Leicester are a very difficult team to beat. They've lost one game in eight, we'd lost one in six. We were organised, but we needed more, and we got it when Adam Johnson came on. We hope to use him in our last two games and get more chances.

"We play Arsenal next, and they are an excellent team. We have to make it as difficult as possible for Arsenal and score a goal. Swansea did it. If you are organised, you will always get chances."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"When you consider our plight a couple of months ago, to go into the final game with our safety assured is quite an unbelievable achievement.

"I think the key thing for us even in our darkest moments, there have been a few, the players have continued to support each other and believe in their own ability. That's difficult when people are questioning your integrity.

"We've developed as the season has gone on. This run has been extraordinary, but we've needed to do it, because a number of sides have picked up form. We've stuck at our job."

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 2JonesSubstituted forRéveillereat 86'minutes
  • 22Coates
  • 16O'Shea
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 4BridcuttBooked at 29minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 60'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 43mins
  • 7LarssonBooked at 79mins
  • 28Defoe
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forFletcherat 80'minutes
  • 10WickhamBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 9Fletcher
  • 11Johnson
  • 15Réveillere
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini
  • 30Buckley

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 14HuthBooked at 63mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 11Albrighton
  • 10King
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 15Schlupp
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 67'minutes
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forKramaricat 75'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 7Hammond
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 39Wood
  • 40Kramaric
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
46,705

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 0, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Leicester City 0.

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy King.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Anthony Réveillere replaces Billy Jones because of an injury.

Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Billy Jones (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Danny Graham.

Attempt missed. Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andrej Kramaric replaces Leonardo Ulloa because of an injury.

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Robert Huth.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea36259270284284
2Man City36227777364173
3Arsenal35217766343270
4Man Utd36208861362568
5Liverpool37188115142962
6Tottenham37187125753461
7Southampton371861354312360
8Swansea36168124444056
9Stoke37149144244-251
10Everton371211144849-147
11West Ham371211144445-147
12Crystal Palace37129164651-545
13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Leicester37108194154-1338
15Aston Villa37108193156-2538
16Sunderland36716133050-2037
17Newcastle3799193863-2536
18Hull37810193351-1834
19Burnley37612192753-2630
20QPR3786234168-2730
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