Leicester City 1:1 Tottenham Hotspur
City conceded an 81st minute goal only for Mahrez to hit back instantly against Tottenham at the KPS on Saturday…
Claudio Ranieri defied his Tinkerman nickname by naming an unchanged side again, with new signing Gökhan Inler stating on the bench. In stifling heatwave conditions Spurs had the first chance in the 9th minute when Dembélé made room for himself on the edge of the area before connecting well with a low shot which tested Schmeichel.
Alderweireld then blocked an Okazaki shot, to the disappointment of his many Japanese fans in attendance.
In a good spell for City Albrighton cut inside from the left beating two defenders before sending his shot a yard over and then Mahrez sent Vardy haring down the right, but his cross evaded Okazaki and the chance was gone.
Two minutes before the break there were big shouts for a penalty when Mahrez had his shirt tugged in the area by Vertonghen, but the ref waved play on.
Last season’s thorn in our side Harry Kane then miscued his first shot of the game so wide that it went for a throw-in.
After a half that had often been pedestrian, due to the conditions, with a drinks break being enforced, 0-0 was a fair reflection at half-time.
Tottenham ran the game for a spell after the break, though chances for Chadli and Kane came to nothing. But then City went close when Mahrez wriggled in from the right and almost caught Lloris out at the near post, but struck the woodwork.
Ranieri then introduced Kanté and then Inhler for his debut to give City fresh impetus.
With the game balanced on a knife-edge Spurs seemed to have struck the killer blow with nine minutes remaining.
A good turn and run from Kane set up Chadli for a delicate cross from the left which found Alli unmarked at the far post for a diving header past Schmeichel.
Tottenham’s extended celebrations in front of the big following in the corner may have backfired on them as City were in position and raring to go while they sauntered back.
Right from the kick-off Morgan launched a ball out to the right and Vardy rose to nod it into the path of Mahrez.
He cut inside his marker and found half a yard of space which allowed him to send a shot across Lloris and into the net
for his fourth goal in three games.
It was greeted by a huge roar from the sell-out home crowd, but the afternoon could have got even better moments later when a thumping Morgan header from a corner went straight into the chest of Lloris.
City had to be content with a point, and topped the Premier League for a third Saturday in a row…
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater (Inler 80), Morgan, Huth, Vardy, King, Albrighton (Kanté 78), Schlupp, Okazaki, Mahrez (Ulloa 90). Subs Not Used: Kramarić, Fuchs, Benalouane, Schwarzer.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Mason (Bentaleb 88), Kane, Lamela (Alli 65), Dier, Dembélé (Carroll 77), Chadli, Davies. Subs Not Used: Rose, Vorm, Trippier, Onomah.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 31,971 (3,262 away).
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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