Shinji Okazaki scores brilliant overhead kick against Newcastle

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Leicester City fans would have taken a one-yard tap-in and a 1-0 win against Newcastle as they continue their incredible title charge.

But Shinji Okazaki had other ideas.

That's because in the 25th minute he produced an outrageous overhead kick to give the Foxes the lead.


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Jamie Vardy won a header in the box and the Japanese international turned his back to goal and performed a stunning overhead kick past Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal.

The clash against the Magpies is a crucial one for Claudio Ranieri's men as they look to complete the impossible and win the Premier League.

Spurs closed the gap to Leicester to just two points after their win against Aston Villa on Sunday and the home side know three points is a must against the Magpies.

Newcastle started the game brightly as the players attempt to impress new manager Rafa Benitez.

But they were undone by a fabulous piece of skill by Okazaki.

Watch the brilliant overhead kick here:

The stunning goal is the only difference between the two sides at half-time.

As expected, fans went mental on Twitter after the goal.

The goal was actually Okazaki's first at the King Power Stadium with his previous five all coming away from home.

However, there is some debate about whether or not it should have stood.

Vardy appeared to be standing in an offside position before winning his header which led to Okazaki's brilliant agility.

A win would move Leicester ever closer to the ultimate prize of Premier League glory. They would be eight points clear with just eight matches remaining as they look to pull of the incredible 5000/1 feat.

If they can navigate the second 45 minutes, they a favourable run of fixtures in the coming weeks.

They travel to out of form Crystal Palace next weekend before hosting Southampton on April 3. They then travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland before two home matches against West Ham and Swansea.

The Foxes will need to pick up as many points in that run as possible because their final three matches are away to Manchester United, home to Everton and away to Chelsea.

However, the away side are far from out of this match.

Newcastle already look a different team under Benitez, looking much more solid defensively and dangerous on the counter-attack.

Although it's hard to judge Benitez against the league leaders, he faces two upcoming crunch matches in their fight against relegation. They play in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday against arch-rivals and fellow relegation strugglers Sunderland before another relegation six-pointer against Norwich.

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