min Demarai Gray was about to come on for Harvey Barnes when Leicester equalized. Now he is back on the bench, sporting a mildly affronted coupon.
min: Samatta misses a great chance! Grealish, lurking yards from goal in the inside-right channel, curled a stunning pass between the defenders and goalkeeper that zipped past the unmarked Samatta at the far post. It did bounce a little awkwardly, but he should still have scored. He was four yards from goal and missed the ball completely. It was such a good pass from Grealish, the sort you’d expect from Trent Alexander-Arnold or Kevin De Bruyne.
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min Grealish’s superb left-footed cross is about to reach Guilbert at the far post when Chilwell flies towards his own goal and heads behind for a corner. Great defending.
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Grealish blasts high and wide from the left corner of the box after a one-two with his partner-in-crime Targett. Those two have combined brilliantly all night.
min Villa look relatively comfortable at the moment. Relatively. Leicester are showing the first signs of impatience.
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(min Now Douglas Luiz is booked for kicking the ball away.
Barnes wriggles away from two Villa defenders on the edge of the area. He overruns the ball but it comes to Iheanacho, who turns and places a shot too close to Nyland. That was his most comfortable save of the night.
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min Leicester have switched to a 4-D-2 formation since Vardy came on, with Iheanacho alongside him up front.
Mings, who was struggling a few minutes ago, seems okay for now.
min Konsa is booked for throwing the ball away, which means he ‘ ll miss the final if Villa get there .
min Jamie Vardy is on for Leicester, a bit earlier than expected . The anonymous Ayoze Perez comes off.
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min Soyuncu flattens grealish and is a bit lucky not to be booked. The two go head to head after Soyuncu accuses Grealish of diving, but they soon shake hands and make up.
Jack Grealish and Caglar Soyuncu clash. Photograph: Carl Recine / Action Images / Reuters
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min Targett finds Grealish just inside the box on the left . He escapes a Soyuncu-Maddison sandwich but then drags his shot well wide of the near post. Moments later, Targett cracks a shot wide of the far post from yards. Grealish’s was the better chance.
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min Mings is struggling. It looks like he pulled a muscle when he was stretched to make that interception a couple of minutes ago.
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min there have been a few zesty challenges since half -time, and it feels like the game could boil over.
min Ndidi curls a dangerous through pass towards Iheanacho that is crucially intercepted by the stretching Mings.
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min Tielemans flashes a dangerous ball right across the six-yard box. Leicester have made a fast start to the second half, as they did the first.
min … and nothing comes of it.
min Barnes wins a corner for Leicester, which will be taken by Maddison …
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min Peep peep! Leicester begin the second half. No changes on either side.
“Okay, time to add another VAR disaster to the list,”
Peep peep! Aston Villalead through Matt Targett’s early goal. It was a superb half of football, with Villa looking dangerous on the break and Leicester forcing three seriously good saves from Orjan Nyland. See you soon for the second half.
min Villa break four on four, with El Ghazi’s cross headed over his own bar by Soyuncu. They’ve been a threat on the counter-attack all night.
min “As Nyland dominates through his fingertip brilliance,” begins Michael Hughes, “it’s hard not to acknowledge Schmeichel’s weary trudge towards his only honor this season: The Annual Roy Keane Memorial, Most Overrated Player of his Generation Award. Sad. ”
min Leicester have upped their game in the last five minutes or so, with Villa struggling to get out of their half.
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(min) “Rob, why do you think the away goals rule is antiquated?” Says Paul-Derek Flint. “Excitement never goes out of fashion.”
Well, the away goal doesn’t have a monopoly on excitement – this game has been pretty good, for example. As for why, I suppose the argument is that teams are less likely to play for a 0-0 away from home, as they did during the golden age of catenaccio. I think it’s quite hard to justify the away-goals rule, logically and philosophically, although as I said I do really like it. The tension in the second leg, when the draw is no longer possible, is delicious. But you could also argue that it’s contrived.