Twitter Reacts: Leicester Defeat Benitez's Newcastle 1-0 to Move 5 Points Clear

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14:  Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City scores their first goal with an overhead kick as Steven Taylor of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Leicester City had the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League on Monday night against Newcastle United.

Claudio Ranieri's side had their lead cut to just two points by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but welcomed the relegation-threatened Magpies to the King Power Stadium, coached for the first time by Rafa Benitez.

The Foxes took the lead midway through the first half thanks to Shinji Okazaki's acrobatic effort, and Leicester fans could scarcely believe the fairytale unfolding in front of them.

Meanwhile, Benitez might have started to realise the task ahead of him.

There was little to inspire the visiting fans in the second half.

And Leicester fans started getting ahead of themselves.

Things got nervy as the finish line approached, and Ranieri's animation on the touchline had fans screaming the name of the boss.

And Leicester hung on for a 1-0 victory that put them five points clear ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.

Newcastle, on the other hand, stay in 19th place, with their next match a vital derby against Sunderland this Sunday.

But this night was all about one story:

[Twitter]

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