Sunday 4 December 2016

Leicester v Middlesbrough - story of the match

Published 26/11/2016 | 17:41

Leicester striker Islam Slimani (right) celebrates his late penalty against Middlesbrough
Leicester striker Islam Slimani (right) celebrates his late penalty against Middlesbrough

Islam Slimani's injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester as they got out of jail against Middlesbrough.

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The Foxes avoided a third straight Premier League defeat to claim a 2-2 draw against battling Boro who were seconds away from a deserved victory.

Alvaro Negredo had twice put them ahead, with Riyad Mahrez levelling in the first half with his own penalty, but Slimani's last-gasp spot kick saved the Foxes.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Cold Blue Stadium.. don't like cold blue stadiums" - Comedian, and Boro fan, Bob Mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) was in attendance at the King Power Stadium but was seemingly not impressed by his surroundings.

https://twitter.com/RealBobMortimer/status/802523688914468865

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Leicester were on the brink of a third straight defeat until Islam Slimani's injury-time penalty rescued a point. Wes Morgan was sent tumbling by Marten De Roon - a clear penalty and Leicester's third in two games - to allow Slimani to score his sixth goal of the season. It saved the Foxes' blushes and kept them two points above the relegation zone as they continue to stutter this season.

VIEW FROM THE STANDS

For the first time in a long while there were boos from the home fans at the King Power Stadium. They may have been from the minority but they were still audible in the first half. The Foxes are struggling to carry the mantle of champions after romping to a surprise title last season and, for the first time, the home support was restless on Saturday. While they cheered at the end after a late leveller they were clearly unhappy for long spells of the game.

STAR MAN

Alvaro Negredo. The striker had not scored since the opening day of the season but looked in ruthless form at the King Power Stadium as he put the Foxes to the sword and was unlucky not to win it for Boro. He started and finished the move for Boro's opener and then sprang Leicester's poorly thought offside trap to get a second-half strike - just as the hosts looked to be edging the contest. His overall teamwork, he frequently dropped deep for the ball, and hold-up play was excellent and the Valencia loanee did not look like a forward short of confidence.

RATINGS

Leicester:

Ron-Robert Zieler: 6 (out of 10)

Danny Simpson: 6

Wes Morgan: 6

Robert Huth: 6

Christian Fuchs: 6

Riyad Mahrez: 7

Andy King: 6

Daniel Amartey: 6

Marc Albrighton: 6

Shinji Okazaki: 6

Jamie Vardy: 6

Substitutes:

Islam Slimani (for Vardy): 6

Ahmed Musa (for Mahrez): 6

Demarai Gray (for Okazaki): 6

Middlesbrough:

Victor Valdes: 7

Antonio Barragan: 7

Calum Chambers: 7

Ben Gibson: 7

Fabio: 7

Adama Traore: 7

Marten De Roon: 7

Gaston Ramirez: 8

Adam Clayton: 7

Adam Forshaw: 8

Alvaro Negredo: 8

Substitutes:

Cristhian Stuani (for Traore): 6

Viktor Fischer (for Ramirez): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Sunderland v Leicester (Premier League, December 3)

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