FT: Leicester 1-0 Brighton. Iheanacho's header is practically the last action of the game. The hosts were far from impressive tonight, but a win is a win. Plenty of positives for Brighton, but yet again the played well without creating enough chances.
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- GoalKelechi IheanachoLeicester City
GOAL! Iheanacho has won it! The Leicester man heads in from close range and the Foxes are surely into the quarter-finals.
Tielemans' free-kick hits the wall.
Bissouma fouls Maddison, needlessly, 25 yards out, slightly left of centre.
Four added minutes.
A gorgeous Mac Allister pass looks to have released Tau, but the ball gets caught under his feet. Brighton keep possession, but the counter-attack comes to nothing.
Under plays a one-two with Maddison, who finds him with a lovely backheel, but Walton denies Under from a tight angle.
Zeqiri shoos low from a tight angle, and Ward is equal to it. That will go down as the first shot on target.
Soyuncu's clever flick is too good for Fuchs, who doesn't see it coming, and a Leicester opening comes to nothing.
Bissouma and Mac Allister replace Lallana and Alzate.
Alzate sends a cross through the six-yard box but Tau can't get on the end of it.
Justin departs on a stretcher, which is a worry. Fuchs will take his place.
Justin stayed down after landing awkwardly, so could be in touble.
Justin makes a hash of dealing with a long ball, giving Karbownik possession. The Brighton man carries the ball forward and then works it on to Zeqiri, who fashions room to shoot but can't hit the target.
White, who has been impressive, departs and Veltman is on.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Now Leicester's turn. Iheanacho slips after receiving a through ball but works it to Tielemans, whose deflected shot runs to Under, who slots home. The offside flag is quickly raised, however, as Iheanacho was offside when the initial through ball came.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Tau slips in Zeqiri, who produces a lovely, scooped finish to beat Ward, but the Swiss forward was certainly offside.
Leicester having a promising attack, but Under shoots over from range.
Triple swap for Leicester! Maddison, Iheanacho and Choudhury on for Perez, Vardy and Ndidi.
There can't have been many game where Vardy has been less of a factor.
Brighton break from the corner, but Thomas gets a crucial touch on the ball to prevent a pass reaching Tau.
Under gets past Burn but not Lallana, who concedes a corner.
Perez has gone down once more, so may well need to be replaced. He is holding his ankle.
Walton is out sharply to get to a Justin through ball before Perez. Both players look to have minor injuries after colliding.
An overhit Leicester free-kick bounces off Burn's knee and sails narrowly wide, with Walton scrambling. Almost an embarrassing opener.
Vardy can't get a foot to a cross from the right, which runs instead to Walton.
We're back underway.
HT: Leicester 0-0 Brighton. There is no added time, and a low-key first half comes to an end. Brighton have been the better team and created the better chances, but none were clear-cut and Foxes goalkeeper Ward is yet to be called into action. Zeqiri has looked sharp, and Tau has had a few promising moments. Vardy has been kept silent and you worry the visitors may come to rue not making their dominance count.
Leicester certainly missing something.
- Yellow cardAyoze PérezLeicester City
A slipping Perez slides into Gross and picks up the game's first booking from referee Dean.
Brighton still haven't forced Ward into a save, which is disappointing given their dominance.
Moder's cross is behind Zeqiri, who tries an acrobatic flick but cannot keep his effort down.
Gross is a poor touch away from having a chance to shoot from inside the Leicester box. Brighton need to make this dominance pay.
Alzate tees up Lallana, 25 yards out, but Lallana fires well over. Alzate perhaps had better options.
A Zeqiri cross is inches too high for Tau, after he again gets behind Amartey.
White gets forward on the right and produces a good cross, but Alzate can't win the header and Leicester clear. Brighton have been on top for the last 10 minutes.
Zeqiri win possession back with a slide tackle on halfway. He has had a good opening 30 minutes.
Tau leads a Brighton counter-attack but Daley-Campbell does just enough to hold him up, and the cross is halfway cleared when it comes. The Seagulls recycle the ball and Moder has a snapshot, 16 yards out, but it ricochets wide.
Nice work from Zeqiri to take the ball away from Amartey and the forward burst into space on the left. Only the diminutive Tau is in the middle, so Zeqiri waits, finds more space to cross and then does so, but a team-mate can't get on the end of it.
He's clearly has license to get forward, but may have some defending to do yet up against Alzate.
Not much for Vardy to feed off so far. Brighton have done well to limit Leicester.
From the corner, Dunk wins a header at the back post and Leicester are slow to clear, but Justin eventually does what it needed and pus his foot through he ball.
Tau looks to slip in Zeqiri, but Soyuncu is alert to the danger and quick to put the ball behind for a corner.
Nothing comes of the corner.
Daley-Campbell wins the first corner of the match.
Lallana alsmost skips past Ndidi to break the lines, but the Nigerian recovers and Leicester regain possession.
It has been a tame start, with both sides content to not take any risks yet. Brighton enjoying a decent spell of position at present.
Leicester also playing with a back five. Justin in central, with Thomason the left and debutant Daley-Campbell the right-sided wing-back.
Calm play from Alzate to control a cross back to his goalkeeper Walton, who clears.
It looks like five at the back for Brighton, with Alzate on the left and Karbownikthe right. Tau and Zeqiri almost the front two of a 5-3-2.
After all players take a knee, the visitors get the game started.
And Leicester are out, so kick-off just moments away.
Brighton's players, in yellow, are out on the pitch first due to coronavirus regulations. The Foxes will be next in the tunnel.
Both managers are former Swansea bosses, but there will be no reunion later in this competition as the Swans have been knocked out by Manchester City.
These clubs have not played in the FA Cup since January 1931. Brighton secured a 2-1 away win on that occasion.
Up for the cup.
Here's amore positive stat for Brighton fans - they are undefeated in six games in all competitions, with that run including wins over Liverpool and Tottenham. Those marquee wins have started to see Potter receive some acclaim from outside of Brighton circles. The Brighton boss is a popular figure among the fanbase, in particular because of the brand of football he has implemented, and you could easily bill this tie as a match-up between two of the brightest British managers in the game.
You have to go to April 2014 for the last time Brighton beat the Foxes. Kasper Schmeichel was in goal as Leicester lost 4-1, with Solly March in the Brighton team. Dunk, who starts today, was an unused substitute. Jesse Lingard was among the Brighton scorers, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher grabbing a late consolation for Leicester.
The Foxes were 4-0 winners when these two met in December.
Brendan Rodgers has faced Brighton three times as a manager - all with Leicester - and is yet to see his team concede a goal, winning two of those games.
Neither team could be described as being full-strength tonight, which is interesting - especially from a Brighton point of view. They are 10 point above the releagion zone and, i would appear, well on their way to safety. Might some Brighton fans feel a cup run should therefore be a priority, and that rotation could take place in the league if necessary? It's a tricky one, and Graham Potter has still retained a fairly strong defence. As for Leicester, they are still battling in Europein addition to being in a race for the top four, so some rotation isunderstandable. The likes of Vardy and Wilfried Ndidi also make this side stronger, so seven changes may be a misleading figure.
Leicester are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between these two clubs, winning five of them.
Manchester United were linked heavily with Caicedo. He ultimately ended up a Seagull, but United's interest in another young midfield is the subject of the lastest Euro Papers.
Conveniently, Brighton too make seven changes. Lewis Dunk, Dan Burn, Ben White and Pascal Gross are the players who started the side's 1-1- draw with Burnley last time out and do the same tonight. South African Percy Tau makes another FA Cup start, while Swiss striker Andi Zeqiri will likely lead the line. Adam Lallana also starts. New 19-year-old signing Moises Caicedo is among the replacements.
BRIGHTON: Walton, Karbownik, White, Dunk, Burn, Moder, Gross, Lallana, Tau, Alzate, Zeqiri. Subs: Steele, Weir, Caicedo, Veltman, Bissouma, Mac Allister, Welbeck, Connolly, Maupay.
Just four of the players who started Leicester's 0-0 draw with Wolves do so tonight, with Jamie Vardy the headline addition to the team. Back from gtoin surgery, this is Vardy's first start since January 19. Cengiz Under will play on one flank opposite Ayoze Perez, while Youri Tielemans is likely playing in a more advanced position than usual.
LEICESTER: Ward, Daley-Campbell, Amartey, Soyuncu, Justin, Thomas, Ndidi, Tielemans, Perez, Under, Vardy. Subs: Schmeichel, Evans, Fuchs, Choudhury, Tavares, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Iheanacho.
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