Monday 5 December 2016

Last-gasp Leicester stop the rot

Leicester City 2 Middlesbrough 2

Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30

Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez (left) and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium. Photo: Nigel French/PA
Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez (left) and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium. Photo: Nigel French/PA

Islam Slimani's injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester as they got out of jail against Middlesbrough. The Foxes avoided a third straight league defeat to claim a draw against battling Boro who were seconds away from a deserved victory.

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Alvaro Negredo had twice put Boro ahead, with Riyad Mahrez levelling in the first half with his own penalty.

Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan (left) and Leicester City's Ahmed Musa battle for the ballr. Photo: Nigel French/PA
Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan (left) and Leicester City's Ahmed Musa battle for the ballr. Photo: Nigel French/PA

Last season's shock title winners are still stuttering in the league, having won just once in their last eight games despite a late fightback. They qualified for the Champions League last 16 in midweek but they were poor against vibrant Boro, and are two points above the relegation zone.

Boro dominated most of the first half, soaked up pressure after the break and hit the Foxes with what looked to be a sucker punch. They took a deserved lead after 13 minutes when Negredo swept home a low cross from Gaston Ramirez.

Leicester levelled four minutes later in controversial fashion when Calum Chambers handled under pressure from Wes Morgan, and Mahrez fired in his seventh goal of the season off the post.

The Foxes upped the tempo after the break and forced a number of chances, but Boro went ahead again with 19 minutes left when Negredo punished feeble defending from a long ball. But the Foxes levelled in the third minute of added time when Morgan was fouled in the box and Slimani sent Victor Valdes the wrong way.

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