Ranieri denied win over Leicester

Fulham 1 Leicester 1

LEVELLER: James Maddison. Pic: Reuters

Andy Hampson

Claudio Ranieri was denied a memorable victory over Leicester when his former team recovered from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

The manager had been out of the Premier League for approaching two years since his sacking by Leicester, who he remarkably inspired to the title in 2016, when last month Fulham recruited him to lead them to safety following a troubled start to the season.

It was in only the third minute when James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho, two players to have arrived at Leicester since Ranieri's departure, combined for their first sight on goal.

When the midfielder's through-ball sent Ihenacho through on Sergio Rico he had a fine chance to give them the lead, but where the injured Jamie Vardy - who he had replaced - would likely have finished he instead shot straight at the goalkeeper, who comfortably saved.

Two of Ranieri's title winners then had their turn, first when Marc Albrighton shot over the crossbar and then when Wes Morgan forced a fine diving save from Rico, after Maddison had played a short corner to Albrighton and the winger had crossed towards the back post.

A competitive and open affair appeared increasingly likely to imminently witness its opening goal, and so it proved when in the 42nd minute Kamara gave Fulham the lead.

Luciano Vietto had also gone close when, with Leicester struggling to deal with a long ball, Mitrovic flicked on to Aboubakar Kamara, who eased ahead of Caglar Soyuncu into the area before cutting inside the defender on to his right foot and finishing between Schmeichel's feet. Both teams continued to create chances during the second half and, shortly after Cairney went close for Fulham, two other substitutes combined to bring Leicester level.

Shinji Okazaki and Demarai Gray exchanged passes down the right wing to split the hosts' defence before the former then laid back, inside the area, in front of Maddison, who calmly strolled onto the loose ball to curl first time towards the bottom left corner.

Gray and Maddison forced a double save from Rico in stoppage time, which concluded with Odoi scooping over directly in front of goal.