Sunday 16 December 2018

Spot-on Riyad to the rescue

Leicester City 1 Bournemouth 1

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores Photo: Getty
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores Photo: Getty

Sean Taylor

Riyad Mahrez saved Leicester from defeat with a last-gasp goal when it looked like Josh King's first-half penalty would be enough for the Cherries to take all three points after they deservedly took the lead at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester had chances to equalise and it looked like they would be denied, until Mahrez struck from 25 yards out deep into injury time.

Leicester and Bornemouth players battle for a corner Photo: Getty
Leicester and Bornemouth players battle for a corner Photo: Getty

Claude Puel's side began the game brightly but struggled to make a breakthrough against a stubborn, organised Bournemouth defence. The visitors were dangerous on the counter-attack though. At the other end, Mahrez could have put Leicester in front when through one-on-one with Asmir Begovic but the goalkeeper parried away.

Bournemouth put their hosts under pressure and Marc Albrighton clumsily stuck out a leg which Josh King fell over for a penalty. The striker picked himself up to put away the spot-kick, sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Leicester nearly gave themselves a mountain to climb before half-time when Harry Maguire's backpass was intercepted by Callum Wilson - but Schmeichel spared his team-mate's blushes with a touch to deny the striker.

As Leicester tried to get back into the match, Bournemouth seemed content to hold on to what they had. Leicester kept up the pressure and they were finally rewarded in the sixth minute of added time following another last ditch challenge from Cook, this time on substitute Kelechi Iheanacho.

Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth rises for a header with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City Photo: Getty
Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth rises for a header with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City Photo: Getty

Mahrez took centre stage and his driven shot flew into the bottom corner of the net.

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