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WATCH: Leicester secure European place as Villa blow survival hopes

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

20:36 16 Jul 2020

Leicester City have guaranteed themselves European football for next season. 

Brendan Rodgers' side produced arguably their result of the season to beat Sheffield United 2-0 at the King Power.

Defeat for the Blades massively impacts their hopes of a Europa League place.

Some neat interplay between Ayoze Perez and 19-year old Luke Thomas saw the Spaniard collect the ball inside the United box before firing past Dean Henderson on 29-minutes.

The three points were secured 11-minutes from time when a break down the left from Jamie Vardy saw him play in Demarai Gray in acres of spaces.

Gray's precision finish found the net to make it 2-0 and give Leicester a three-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for Champions League football.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes his side are still in with a chance of survival, despite blowing two points away to Everton.

Villa were three-minutes from a crucial victory in their battle against the drop.

Ezri Konsa gave them a 1-0 lead away to Everton, courtesy of a free kick from Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane.

But three-minutes from the end, Andre Gomes floated a hopeful ball in from the left hand side.

It was met by an equally optimistic header from Theo Walcott, but it did enough to loop over Pepe Reina and the flailing boot of Konsa.

The draw means Villa are three-points from safety with games to come against Arsenal and fellow strugglers West Ham.

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