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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Demarai Gray (55')

Demarai Gray strikes, Leicester beat Cardiff on emotional day after Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha death

On a day fraught with emotion, Leicester City beat Cardiff City 1-0 in Leicester's first Premier League game since the death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash last weekend.

The tragedy ensured that Saturday's result at the Cardiff City Stadium was always going to be secondary to the occasion, but Leicester's players showed total professionalism in testing circumstances as they returned to action.

Demarai Gray produced a sharp finish to score the winner midway through the second half, a goal that sparked wild celebrations in front of the 3,000 traveling fans. But the mood was slightly soured when Gray was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration by referee Lee Probert.

The visitors had warmed up for the game in special T-shirts bearing tributes to Vichai, a Thai billionaire. A wreath was laid on the pitch before the game, and some players were due to fly to Thailand for the funeral afterward.

They take with them the satisfaction of a job well done, although there will be concern over centre-half Harry Maguire, who hobbled off with a first-half leg injury. The defeat dropped Cardiff into the relegation zone, with Leicester in midtable.

"Every single player wanted to get out there to be at the funeral," Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel said. "We are glad we've come away today from a really tough game with a win we can bring to Thailand and hope we did the family proud.

"I feel proud, it's been a really tough week for everyone.

"The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built.

"That took a lot, so proud of how everyone played today, how professional everyone was. It has been an emotional day and glad we got three points for him."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 +57 85
2 Manchester City 33 +64 83
3 Tottenham Hotspur 33 +30 67
4 Arsenal 33 +26 66
5 Chelsea 34 +21 66
6 Manchester United 33 +19 64
7 Leicester City 34 +1 47
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 -1 47
9 Everton 34 +2 46
10 Watford 33 -1 46
11 West Ham United 34 -10 42
12 AFC Bournemouth 34 -12 41
13 Crystal Palace 34 -6 39
14 Burnley 34 -18 39
15 Newcastle United 34 -11 38
16 Southampton 33 -15 36
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 33 -21 33
18 Cardiff City 34 -33 31
19 Fulham 34 -44 20
20 Huddersfield Town 34 -48 14