Leicester City 1:1 Manchester United
Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record, scoring in his 11th consecutive game, as City drew 1-1 with Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
Claudio Ranieri made one change for this high-profile 1st v 2nd meeting with Okazaki replacing Ulloa up front.
In a tight opening spell, Rooney failed to test Schmeichel with a couple of efforts, while Kanté had a shot deflected wide.
City then took a 24th minute lead with an historic goal that nearly lifted the roof off the KPS.
Schmeichel claimed the ball from a corner and sent Fuchs off down the right. The Austrian sent a perfectly-weighted ball forward to Vardy who produced a lethal finish to beat De Gea and claim his record-breaking 11th strike in 11 games.
After the celebrations had eventually died down City pressed forward looking to extend their lead and Mahrez was involved in a superb move with Okazaki, but couldn’t beat De Gea at his near post.
Schmeichel then did well to block a Martial effort with his legs, but City couldn’t preserve their lead to the break.
With seconds of the first half remaining Blind delivered a corner from the right and Schweinsteiger won a wrestling match with Okazaki giving himself room to head past Schmeichel and level the contest.
The second half saw the game tighten up still further and there were few chances. Schmeichel denied Schweinsteiger with a good save soon after the break, before the game got bogged down in midfield.
Ulloa replaced Okazaki on the hour and was soon presented with a chance after a superb Mahrez run and cross from the right. The Argentinian cut inside his marker well but could beat De Gea with his low shot.
Ulloa then sent another chance well over, much to his own frustration.
At the other end Huth blocked a Mata shot and Depay fired over, but neither side really looked like conceding another and a draw was a fair result.
Although Leicester lost their top spot to Manchester City on goal difference, it was a proud night for the club… congratulations to Jamie Vardy.
Claudio Ranieri praised his prolific striker: “It’s an incredible achievement but also fantastic for football and for the player because four years ago Jamie played in non-league. It’s difficult to grow up so quickly and this fantastic man is not only our goalscorer but he’s very, very good because he presses and works hard.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (De Laet 80), Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Schlupp 70) , Okazaki (Ulloa 61), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Inler, King, Dyer.
United: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, McNair, Blind, Mata, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Young, Rooney (Depay 68), Martial. Subs Not Used: Romero, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Rashford, Borthwick-Jackson, Pereira.
Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 32,115.
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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