Late Mahrez show saves Leicester

Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth drew 1-1 at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. 

Leicester City 1 AFC Bournemouth 1
King scores penalty in the 34th minute
Mahrez with a superb late equaliser 

Match summary 

Joshua King’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by an excellent last-second Riyad Mahrez free-kick.

The Algerian striker ensured both sides shared the points in a thrilling encounter. The result is The Foxes third consecutive draw at home in the Premier League while The Cherries have now drawn two in a row. 

Full report 

The home team started the game confidently and created the first chance at goal in the 14th minute. Some good pressure led to a poor clearance from Lewis Cook which sent Mahrez through but the striker’s shot was straight at Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal.

The visitors’ first opportunity came halfway through the first-half and totally against the run of play. Charlie Daniels cut the ball back for Junior Stanislas who blazed his side-footed effort wide.

It was the chance that sparked some life into Eddie Howe’s team and they opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a swift counter-attack ended in Marc Albrighton being punished for a foul on King inside the area. The Norwegian took the penalty himself and sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way.  

City went in search of the equaliser and was almost level in the 65th minute. Mahrez stood a ball up at the back post for Wes Morgan but the captain could not keep his header down.  

Claude Puel’s men though finally got their goal in the 97th minute, and with the last kick of the game as Mahrez curled a long-range free-kick around the wall to beat Begovic and rescue a point for his team.