Slimani salvages point for Foxes

Islam Slimani scored from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of the game as Leicester City salvaged a dramatic point in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

  • Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough
  • Negredo opens scoring
  • Mahrez equalises from spot
  • Negredo grabs brace
  • Slimani earns Foxes a point

Match Summary:

The Premier League champions went behind in the 13th minute but were back on level terms when Riyad Mahrez converted from the penalty spot on 34 minutes.

Leicester fell behind once again to Negredo goal in the 72nd minute but were able to salvage a point via Slimani's penalty deep into extra time.

Full Report:

The game started slowly with both teams content to keep possession as they looked to sniff out one another's weaknesses in the opening stages. Leicester were presented with an opportunity inside the first ten minutes, when a good passing move saw Danny Simpson's cross just evade Shinji Okazaki.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when a swift attacking move resulted in Francesc Xavier Ramirez's low cross from the left into the area being swept home by Alvaro Negredo.

The Foxes responded by upping their intensity and gave Boro little space to maneuver on the ball. Claudio Ranieri's side were unfortunate not to have drawn level in the 31st minute, when Riyad Mahrez's cross was met by Okazaki's acrobatic volley, but his effort cannoned off the crossbar.

The home side then equalised a minute later when Callum Chambers was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, with Mahrez stepping up and converting the resultant penalty.

The Foxes hit their stride towards the end of the first-half and were brilliantly denied a goalscoring opportunity, after Okazaki, Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined well, only for Ramirez to deny the latter a clear goal with a brilliant block.

Ranieri's charges came out guns blazing and threw numbers forward in search of the lead, but struggled to find a way past a resilient Boro defence.

Boro restored the lead in the 72nd minute, when he did well to find space behind the Leicester defence and latch onto a long ball, before expertly finishing with his left-foot.

The visitors looked to shut-up-shop in the closing stages of the game and consolidate their one-goal lead, but were left devastated when Islam Slimani converted a 93rd minute penalty, which saw the two teams share the spoils.