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Leicester 2 West Brom 2: Gardner free-kick secures Baggies point to dent Foxes’ title bid

2 Mar

The Foxes should have taken the lead soon after when Drinkwater found Vardy in the six-yard box.

The England striker powered his header goalwards and gave Foster no chance but he was left stamping the floor in frustration as the ball crashed against the crossbar.

But right on half-time Leicester got their noses in front with a goal which was as much about the impressive buildup as Andy King’s stunning finish.

Marc Albrighton spotted Riyad Mahrez over on the far side of the box and when the winger whipped the ball over, the Algerian laid the ball into the path of King with a wonderful ‘kill’ with the outside of his foot.

The Wales midfielder took it as it dropped and curled a halfvolley into the far corner of the net with pinpoint precision.

Ranieri threw his arms into the air jubilantly but the Italian’s joy was short-lived as Albion equalised five minutes after the interval.

What a cracker it was too – Craig Gardner sweeping a 25-yard free-kick over the Foxes wall to leave Schmeichel rooted to the spot as the ball flew into the top corner of the Dane’s net.

Leicester were again denied by the woodwork in the 58th minute when Okazaki met Albrighton’s cross with a powerful header only to see it crash against the bar.

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