Friday 19 January 2018

Mahrez rescues Leicester

Leicester City 1 West Brom 1

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez breaks through West Bromwich Albion's Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kieran Gibbs (right). Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez breaks through West Bromwich Albion's Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kieran Gibbs (right). Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Andy Sims

The man known as 'Healing Hans' almost helped rub salt into Craig Shakespeare's wounds before Riyad Mahrez eased his boss's pain and reminded Leicester City fans of his talent.

Recalled West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli - fresh from a visit to renowned German doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt - looked set to condemn Shakespeare to another depressing defeat when he marked his first Premier League appearance of the season with a fine free-kick goal.

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho breaks. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho breaks. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

But Mahrez shrugged off his indifferent form to have the last word with an equaliser for the Foxes.

It still left Leicester without a win in six Premier League games but they will at least head into Saturday's key trip to Swansea on the back of a point.

West Brom, meanwhile, are without a league win since August 19 despite an impressive return for Chadli, whose decision to skip a pre-season training camp in Austria had left him on the outside looking in.

It was, overall, a poor game until the deadlock was broken on 63 minutes when Kelechi Iheanacho was booked for a foul on Grzegorz Krychowiak and Chadli curled the resulting free-kick superbly over the Leicester wall and past the flat-footed Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in action. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in action. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

But just 17 minutes later Leicester were level as Mahrez seized on a knock-down from Islam Slimani and despatched a crisp shot past goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, who was a late replacement for Ben Foster.

Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi crosses. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi crosses. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon and Leicester City's Christian Fuchs battle for the ball. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon and Leicester City's Christian Fuchs battle for the ball. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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