Viewers of the clash between Leicester City and Crystal Palace have this afternoon taken to social media in their numbers to joke at the expense of Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.
The two sides went head to head at the King Power Stadium today, with many predicting a backs-to-the-wall 90 minutes for the visitors based on Leicester’s excellent recent run of form.
Only league leaders Manchester City and Chelsea had enjoyed a superior run of form to Claude Puel’s men over the last 5 Premier League gameweeks, with the Foxes having scored 10 goals on their way to 4 wins from their last 4 league fixtures.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, had put their dismal start to the season firmly behind them, and even managed to escape the Premier League relegation zone, albeit momentarily, following their incredible comeback victory over Watford on Tuesday night.
Not part of the script
As mentioned above, though, the hosts were still viewed as heavy favourites this afternoon, with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles having come into the matchup without having found the net on a single occasion away from home in the league this season.
But this harrowing statistic was put to bed after just 20 minutes today, as Christian Benteke nodded home Andros Townsend’s pinpoint cross from the right to give the visitors a shock lead.
And, to the horror of the Foxes faithful inside the King Power, it was soon 2-0, as the electric Wilfied Zaha smashed home past Kasper Schmeichel 5 minutes before the interval, following Benteke’s layoff.
And any hope that Leicester had of dragging themselves back into proceedings was effectively extinguished with an hour on the clock, after midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was handed his second yellow of the day for a perceived dive in the Palace box.
Though there did look to be slight contact on the heels of the Nigerian from James McArthur, Ndidi certainly embellished the touch, throwing himself dramatically to the ground in a desperate attempt to spark his side’s comeback.
And, as news spread that Ndidi’s sending off had come on the day of his 21st birthday, Twitter users quickly took to the social media platform to have a right laugh at the expense of the birthday boy:
Wilfred Ndidi has been sent off on his birthday. Not the card he would’ve wanted.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 16, 2017
Leicesters Ndidi turned 21 today bet he wasnt expecting 3 cards from the ref😂
— Nathan Rixon (@NathanRixon_17) December 16, 2017
Not the card that Ndidi thought he’d get when he woke up today on his birthday.
— ForeverBlue (@ForeverBlue_07) December 16, 2017
— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) December 16, 2017
People moaning about Ndidi being sent off on his 21st birthday.
Spare a thought for everyone else who was merely thrown out of a Wetherspoons on theirs.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) December 16, 2017
Hey Ndidi, fancy a pub session at 2pm for your 21st birthday?
Did he dive….yes Ndidi.
— Mark James (@Mark_J69) December 16, 2017
So tell me, did he dive?
— Dean Cameron (@DJC_96) December 16, 2017
👀 Wilfred Ndidi celebrates his 21st birthday by…
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) December 16, 2017
What a birthday for Wilfred Ndidi! 🎂
— Goal (@goal) December 16, 2017
Wilfred Ndidi, sent off for diving on his 21st birthday.
The worst present since my mum, for some reason, bought me a pair of boxer shorts that said ‘this is where my monster hides’ on them. pic.twitter.com/6iWqykcce1
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 16, 2017
Sent off on his 21st birthday? Yes Ndidi
— James Dart (@James_Dart) December 16, 2017
Incredibly, Palace actually went on to make it 3-0 on the verge of the full-time whistle, as substitute Bakary Sako expertly curled home off the inside of the post from the edge of the box.