Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers at King Power Stadium on Sunday 24 May, 2015.
- Jamie Vardy opened the scoring with his first goal in a Leicester City shirt since being called up to the England squad
- Marc Albrighton doubled the Foxes’ lead with a powerful 20-yard strike
- Leicester scored twice in two minutes as Argentine duo Leonardo Ulloa and Esteban Cambiasso both get on the scoresheet
- Andrej Kramarić fires in late on to notch his first goal at King Power Stadium
- City debuted their 2015/16 Home Kit by PUMA in front of a sold out King Power Stadium crowd
- Nigel Pearson named an unchanged starting XI from the side that drew with Sunderland last weekend
Leicester City rounded off their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season with a dominant victory over relegated Queens Park Rangers at King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Striker Jamie Vardy, playing his first game for the Foxes since being called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad, opened the scoring before an excellent hit from Marc Albrighton doubled his side’s lead.
Argentine duo Leonardo Ulloa and Esteban Cambiasso added a third and fourth, before opposition forward Charlie Austin pulled a goal back just before the hour mark.
But any comeback by QPR was thwarted by substitute Andrej Kramarić, who finished well first time late on to wrap up Leicester’s biggest win of the season on the last day of the 2014/15 campaign.
For the tie with Chris Ramsey’s men, Nigel Pearson named an unchanged starting XI from the side that drew with Sunderland last time out – a point that secured the Foxes’ Premier League status with a game to spare.
City, donning their new 2015/16 Home Kit by PUMA in this fixture, were narrowly beaten when these sides last met, with striker Austin grabbing the winner late on in what proved to be a tough away day at Loftus Road back in November.
The fortunes of both sides have since turned around dramatically. While the Rs had registered just two wins in their last eight games, City had recorded six, and had only been beaten once in that space of time.
That remarkable run of results ultimately booked Leicester’s spot in England’s top flight for next term, while QPR’s 6-0 defeat at Manchester City two weeks ago confirmed their relegation to the Championship.
Inspired by Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall’s 35th Annual Run for the LCFC Foxes Foundation, which saw the Club Ambassador run for a lung-busting 90 minutes around King Power Stadium ahead of the fixture, City started with real intent.
Striker Vardy did well down the left wing, controlling Jeffrey Schlupp’s well-weighted pass on his chest. Vardy then took a touch before teeing up Ulloa, who curled just inches wide under pressure with just two minutes gone.
Albrighton, as he has done consistently since getting a run in the side, provided real danger from the right wing. His cross on five minutes fell to Academy graduate Schlupp at the back post, but the Ghana international couldn’t direct his shot on target, and hammered the ball into the side-netting.
Ulloa turned provider next, whipping in a fine pass from the right flank that Vardy would have surely converted had Richard Dunne not got in front of the striker to clear, but the former Fleetwood Town man wouldn’t have to wait much longer for his goal.
Riyad Mahrez’s 25-yard strike could only be parried by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, allowing Vardy to collect the loose ball and slot in his fifth goal of the campaign to put his side 1-0 up on 16 minutes.
Wayward strikes from Matt Phillips and Nedum Onuoha then followed as the visitors looked for a reply, while at the other end, Ulloa lifted Albrighton’s cross over the bar.
Vardy was next to latch onto an Albrighton delivery, but after beating his marker in the air at the back post, the forward couldn’t generate the desired power to beat McCarthy, who collected comfortably.
The visitors went close through Austin, then Phillips, with efforts from distance, but the men in blue stood strong, pressing well to hurry the forwards into miscuing their shots.
Leicester maintained their pressure and mounted a lightning break late in the second half. Schlupp burst down the left and pulled the ball back for Albrighton, who smashed in to make it 2-0 to City at the break.
The hosts started the second period with great intensity, adding another goal just six minutes after the break. Captain Wes Morgan side-footed an effort towards goal that Ulloa intelligently flicked in past McCarthy.
And just a minute later, Esteban Cambiasso made it 4-0. The ball fell to the Argentine ace at the back post, and with a similar strike to the goal that he scored against West Ham United last month, the former Inter Milan man hit a superb half-volley past McCarthy.
The visitors pulled one back just before the hour mark through top-scorer Austin, who netted his 18th goal of the campaign in all competitions, heading in Joey Barton’s pin-point free kick.
Onuoha rose well to meet Barton’s pass as QPR looked for a second, but the defender couldn’t direct his header on target, and nodded wide.
A long ball from Kasper Schmeichel then set up City’s fifth, hitting a long ball to Kramarić, who finished well first time past McCarthy to score his first goal at King Power Stadium to round off the scoring.
It was a sensational display by Leicester’s players, who, along with Pearson and his staff, completed a lap of appreciation after the game to thank the Blue Army for their tremendous support throughout the Foxes’ enthralling campaign.
CITY: Schmeichel, Morgan (c), Vardy (Kramarić 65), King, Albrighton, Huth, Schlupp, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 76), Ulloa, Mahrez, Wasilewski (De Laet 46)
SUBS NOT USED: Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood
GOALS: Vardy 16, Albrighton 43, Ulloa 51, Cambiasso 52, Kramarić 86
QPR: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Barton (c), Austin, Fer, Yun (Kpekawa 85), Onuoha, Henry (Comley 80), Dunne, Grego-Cox
SUBS NOT USED: Murphy, Hoilett, Doughty, Furlong, Petrasso
GOAL: Austin 57
ATTENDANCE: 31, 467 (1, 595 away)
REFEREE: Michael Oliver