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Leicester 1-2 Fulham: Scott Parker's men stun hosts to climb out the drop zone

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Leicester 1-2 Fulham: Scott Parker's men edge to crucial win and climb out the relegation zone with Ivan Cavaleiro ending penalty woes after Ademola Lookman's openerFulham defeated Leicester at the King Power to move out of the relegation zoneAdemola Lookman slotted home the opener for the visitors with a superb finishThe London side's penalty woes ended when Ivan Cavaleiro netted from 12 yardsLeicester hit the woodwork twice through Youri Tielemans and Wesley FofanaHarvey Barnes set up a tense finish after firing home with power inside the box 


Fulham paid the best possible tribute to their former player Papa Bouba Diop with a performance of class and character to defeat Leicester and move out of the relegation zone.



Diop, who was at Fulham from 2004-07, died on Sunday aged 42 after a long illness. When Ademola Lookman put the visitors in front after half an hour, he held up a Senegal shirt carrying the No19 that Diop wore regularly. 



Ivan Cavaleiro made it 2-0 eight minutes later from the penalty spot – a rare success from 12 yards for Scott Parker’s side after misses this season from Cavaleiro, Lookman and Aleksandar Mitrovic. 

Fulham climbed out of the relegation zone after stunning Leicester at the King Power Stadium

Ivan Cavaleiro (centre) brought an end to Fulham's penalty woes after netting from 12 yards

Cavaleiro stepped up once again and smashed his penalty hard to Kasper Schmeichel's left

Leicester could have joined leaders Tottenham and second-placed Liverpool on 21 points with a win but there is something amiss with Brendan Rodgers’ side when they play at home this term and, despite a late goal from substitute Harvey Barnes, they have now failed to take a single point from matches against West Ham, Aston Villa and Fulham here.

Fulham centre-backs Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo barely made a mistake all night, and in front of them Harrison Reed and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa dominated midfield.

Once they had survived an early scare when Youri Tielemans and Wesley Fofana hit the woodwork within seconds of one another, Fulham never looked back, especially after Lookman’s opener.

MATCH FACTS 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Justin, Tielemans, Mendy (Iheanacho 70), Praet (Barnes 45), Thomas (Under 45), Maddison, Vardy

Subs not used: Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Choudhury

Goals: Barnes 86 

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Fulham: Areola, Reid, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Loftus-Cheek (Lemina 77), Reed, Anguissa, Lookman (Bryan 90), Cavaleiro (Mitrovic 87)

Subs not used: Cairney, Rodak, Ream, Kamara

Goals: Lookman 30, Cavaleiro 38

Booked: Reed, Adarabioyo

Manager: Scott Parker 

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Ademola Lookman slotted home the opener for the impressive visitors with a superb finish

Referee Simon Hooper checked his VAR screen and deemed Christian Fuchs felled Bobby Reid

Parker’s men have looked relegation certainties at times this term but after only their second win in 26 away matches in this division, they now have something to build on.

Despite that woeful record, Fulham started with purpose, having left two of their most important players in recent seasons – Mitrovic and Tom Cairney – on the bench.

Lookman was lively whenever his side attacked and he drew a foul from Nampalys Mendy on the edge of the penalty area after some clever footwork, but sent the free-kick too high.

Leicester won a free-kick of their own in a similar positions moments later and came desperately close to taking the lead. James Maddison’s shot hit the wall but fell to Tielemans, who caught his volley cleanly from 25 yards only for it to strike a post. 

Cavaleiro celebrated Fulham's second after handing the visitors a two-goal lead at half-time

Harvey Barnes smashed in Jamie Vardy's downward header from close range in a nervy finish

Alphonse Areola was forced into a sharp stop at his near upright after Vardy's ambitious flick

Fofana seized on the loose ball and flicked it over Alphonse Areola but against the bar. Shortly afterwards, Areola was alert at his near post to stop Jamie Vardy turning in Dennis Praet’s cross with the same back-heel flick that brought him a goal in the 5-2 win at Manchester City.

It would prove a decisive save as Fulham took the lead on the half-hour mark. Tielemans squandered possession in midfield and Anguissa strode forward from well inside his own half, riding Praet’s sliding challenge before releasing Lookman. The finish matched the pass as Lookman beat Kasper Schmeichel with confidence before he celebrated by paying his respects to Diop.

Leicester tried to respond instantly and Tosin Adarabioyo had to clear Vardy’s low cross over his own crossbar. He was as sure-footed then as Christian Fuchs was clumsy in the 35th minute, which handed Fulham their second goal.

The defender’s foul on Bobby Decordova-Reid was not spotted at first by referee Simon Hooper but when VAR advised him to take another look, Hooper reversed his decision. Cavaleiro missed from the spot in Fulham’s 3-2 home defeat by Everton on November 22 yet he made no mistake this time, driving the ball beyond Schmeichel’s left hand.

The hosts also came close twice when Youri Tielemans and Wesley Fofana hit the woodwork

Antonee Robinson was teed up on the left of the box but smashed his attempt at Schmeichel

Schmeichel was also forced into action in the second half to repel Ademola Lookman's effort

The visitors now had a spring in their step and nearly made it three just before half-time when Reed to a quick free-kick to Cavaleiro, who forced Schmeichel to tip over his angled effort.

Praet and Luke Thomas were brought off at half-time with Barnes and Cengiz Under sent on to try to get Leicester back into the match, but they could not disrupt Fulham, who were showing superb composure in central defence and midfield.

Inevitably, the home side grew frustrated. Fulham thought Fofana should have been punished for treading on Ruben Loftus-Cheek as he tried to recover the ball on the edge of the Foxes box to take a free-kick.

Leicester’s minds were scrambled, though, illustrated perfectly when they won a free-kick close to their left corner flag. With no danger apparent, Jonny Evans over-hit his pass and Schmeichel and Fofana left it to each other. Evans then played Fuchs into trouble and presented Loftus-Cheek with a chance 15 yards out, which he wasted.

Leicester frontman Vardy endured a frustrating afternoon but teed up Barnes' late consolation

Harrison Reed felled James Justin outside the penalty area but Leicester could not capitalise

Having changed shape twice from their original 3-4-2-1, Leicester did not know whether they were coming or going and were being picked off on the break. Lookman should have scored his second but was thwarted by Schmeichel’s sharp save and a timely clearance from Tielemans.

From nowhere, Leicester grabbed a lifeline in the 86th minute. Adarabioyo produced his first tired header of the game as he tried to clear Tielemans’ cross, allowing Vardy to nod it back for Barnes to fire home from close range. 

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho then demanded a penalty when his shot struck Anguissa near the arm but Hooper and VAR were unmoved. There was still time for Andersen, outstanding all night, to make another vital clearance to ensure his side hung on. 

Sportsmail's DANIEL DAVIS provided live text commentary of the clash below... 

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