against Leicester City. Premier League.
Friday, April 30, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Stadium.
Report and free highlights as James Ward-Prowse’s penalty voided by Jonny Evans to secure a point in Southampton for Leicester who sent Jannik Vestergaard off in controversial circumstances
Digital football journalist
Jonny Evans’ header kept Champions League hopefuls Leicester avoiding a surprise loss to 10-man Southampton in a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s.
The hosts may have Fear of a repeat of last season’s 9-0 win after Jannik Vestergaard was shown a controversial early red card for denying Jamie Vardy a clear scoring opportunity.
After Leechester and Premier League man Kelechi Iheanacho , limited to a few sporadic half-chances, Southampton took the lead after an hour when Iheanacho’s handball enabled James Ward-Prowse to beat Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards.
The Saints’ lead lasted only seven minutes when Iheanacho himself rebounded by finding Evans with a cross from the corner of the area brought home by the seasoned center-back.
Vardy was replaced by Southampton keeper Alex Mc Carthy declined late when he should have scored another comeback win for Leicester, who instead missed the chance to be 10 points ahead of fifth and could now see his cushion within the Champions League spots cut by West Ham and Chelsea later this weekend.
Southampton: McCarthy (7), Walker-Peters (7), Vestergaard (5), Bednarek (7), Stephens (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Armstrong (6) , Minamino (5), Tella (5), Adams (6), Redmond (6). Subgroups: Salisu (6), Diallo (6), N’Lundulu (n / a).
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Castagne (6), Evans (7), Fofana (6), Soyuncu (6), Thomas (6), Ndidi (6), Maddison (6), Tielemans (6), Iheanacho (6 )), Vardy (6). Part: Perez (6), Albrighton (6).
Man of the Match: Kyle Walker-Peters
A game that scored nine goals in the corresponding game last season showed no early signs that Nathan Tella, with his tame performance, was the only shot on goal that both sides in enjoyed the early stages.
A parallel for Southampton would follow shortly thereafter, with the hosts again reduced to 10 after Rob Jones controversially gave Vestergaard a red card for denying Vardy a clear scoring opportunity despite television replays showed that the defender won the ball before making contact.
But James Maddison’s subsequent free kick, whipped only 20 yards away, showed about as much pressure as Leicester showed before the break the 10-man hosts could exercise.
Brendan Rodgers added Ayoze Perez as another attack option for the second half, but Southampton continued to hold on and took the lead on the hour after Stuart Armstrong’s shot hit Iheanacho’s arm and defeated Ward-Prowse Schmeichel from 12 yards.
An unlikely win was torn away long before full-time when Iheanacho’s cross from the right with a seven minutes later Evans hit a solid header, giving McCarthy a slim chance from six yards and bringing Leicester to level.
Vardy should have completed the turnaround in the last 10 minutes when he overtook Kyle Walker-Peters for the ball and himself then turned in him to shoot, but when he came to power he was rejected by a sprawling McCarthy before Wilfred Ndidi wasted the last of the score’s chance of the note by long-range shooting if not marked from 20 yards.
Southampton is one point closer to ensuring its survival but is now 10 points ahead of 18th place in Fulham, while Leicester is possible in the last four games proves to need eight more points to be sure that the top 4 placement will be achieved.
“Leicester has a tough break-in. Newcastle are on the rise again, Manchester United are in brilliant shape, the FA Cup final is pinched, and then Spurs to Chelsea away. Fourth place in the Champions League may not be guaranteed and Arsenal may win the. “Europa League and Chelsea may win the Champions League which would automatically qualify them.
” They don’t want to take any chances, Leicester has to Take third place if you can. The football they played was so good but after their wobble last year you’re just worried if it could happen again I think this team is too good this year and has learned from last season’s mistakes. “
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” Vestergaard had a bad touch but then passed the ball back to the goalkeeper . He plays the ball, an easy pass. The official explanation was that it was a 100 percent chance to score, but Vardy never had the ball and would never get it. “It was because the goalkeeper was there. Maybe it was a foul because he made contact with the player after the ball but not a red card. “
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports:” I’m a little frustrated, we haven’t done enough to win the game. Usually we’re into this type of game very good, but we haven’t picked up the pace of the game. ” until we went back Give Southampton credit, they defended deep and compact with 10 men and made it difficult for us. But we’re disappointed.
“Submitting was progress for us but the game was too slow and the pace of our game wasn’t quite the pace you’d like to move the ball. We came in some really good ones Positions, but didn’t have quite the precision or timing in this last round. “
In an all-round stoic defensive performance, Walker-Peters shone as a right-back, Vardy denied what could easily have been a scoring chance and stayed the whole Night with his husband.
Nobody won the ball back more often than the ex-Spurs man (eight), who also demonstrated his streetwise qualities by winning three fouls to put the pressure on the home defense
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