Leicester City 2-1 Cardiff City: Leicester City win with Casadei goal against Cardiff
Posted : 19 August 2023
Leicester City continued their flawless start to the season with a thrilling victory against Cardiff City, sealed by Cesare Casadei's injury-time winner after coming off the bench.
Wanya Marcal-Madivadua gave Leicester the lead in the first half with a powerful first-time finish. However, Cardiff's Aaron Ramsey stunned everyone with a remarkable swerving strike from about 35 yards, equalizing before half-time.
Cardiff's inspired second-half performance saw them miss a golden opportunity to lead as Yakou Meite shot wide. The game reached a tense climax when Casadei, who was signed on loan from Chelsea recently, scored from close range, rescuing Leicester from a potentially disappointing result.
Casadei's goal, coupled with Jamie Vardy's presence and a penalty appeal, secured a dramatic victory for Leicester, underlining their impressive start under new manager Enzo Maresca.
For Cardiff, this late concession echoed their fate from the opening weekend when victory slipped away at Leeds United. The draw and two defeats leave manager Erol Bulut still in search of his first league win.
Leicester showcased their dominance in the early exchanges at the King Power Stadium, with Kelechi Iheanacho hitting the post and Marcal-Madivadua netting the opener from a corner. Ramsey's stunning long-range goal just before half-time revitalized Cardiff's chances.
Cardiff nearly took the lead in the second half when Joe Ralls' shot was saved by Leicester's goalkeeper Mads Hermansen. The match grew more open with opportunities on both sides, including a close chance for Cardiff's Meite, whose miss would prove costly.
Leicester sealed the victory late on with Casadei's goal. Cardiff's disappointment deepened as Mahlon Romeo was shown a second yellow card after the goal.
Leicester manager Enzo Maresca praised his team's performance, highlighting the strong contributions of substitutes Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton. Cardiff City manager Erol Bulut expressed disappointment at the missed opportunities, acknowledging the need to capitalize on chances in order to secure victories.