Friday 23 February 2018

Leicester fight back

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli celebrates scoring
Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli celebrates scoring
Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Leicester
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker battle for the ball
Tottenham's Erik Lamela is helped up by Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel

Sean Taylor

Late goals from Dele Alli and Riyad Mahrez lit up an otherwise largely forgettable draw, as Claudio Ranieri's Leicester were denied a small piece of club history.

Chances were few and far between and it looked certain to remain goalless but with nine minutes left substitute Alli, a £5m signing from MK Dons last season, stooped to head Tottenham in front.

However, Spurs' lead was extremely short-lived as Leicester went straight up the other end and equalised through Mahrez.

The Foxes, with victories against Sunderland and West Ham already under their belts, had never won their first three games in the top flight and never really looked like achieving the feat.

But neither did Spurs seem likely to win. Ranieri's men were typically tenacious, none more so than Jamie Vardy, but lacked quality in the final third - a claim impossible to level at Leicester in their opening two fixtures.

Tottenham were pleasing on the eye but their front four looked like strangers at times.

Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane both worked visiting goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in either half without really troubling him, and Mahrez came close for Leicester when his shot from a tight angle struck the base of a post, before the exciting finale no one expected.

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