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Leicester City 1-1 Bournemouth

Riyad Mahrez's free-kick was scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time
Riyad Mahrez's free-kick was scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time

Riyad Mahrez's sensational stoppage-time equaliser snatched a Premier League draw for Leicester City against Bournemouth - and left Cherries manager Eddie Howe "disgusted".

Mahrez curled home a 25-yard free-kick deep into injury time to cancel out Joshua King's first-half penalty.

"It is a difficult one for us to take," said Howe. "There were only seconds left. We just had to see it out."

Howe acknowledged his players had their "backs to the wall" for most of the second half, but felt they had "dug in well".

He added: "My emotion was a disgusted one to see the goal go in, but you have to admire the technical quality for Riyad Mahrez to score from there."

Mahrez had earlier chipped tamely at Asmir Begovic, shortly before King was clipped by Marc Albrighton to win a spot-kick he converted.

In a feisty affair, Leicester's second-half dominance eventually told despite despite Bournemouth's best efforts to cling on.

Steve Cook produced a vital block from Ben Chilwell, and Kelechi Iheanacho squandered a chance to equalise before Mahrez's late intervention.

The Foxes remain without a league win since mid-January, but a draw kept them in eighth place. Bournemouth are 11th.

Mahrez magic rescues Leicester

Leicester were just moments away from a third loss in five league matches, after recent defeats by Everton and Manchester City.

However, Mahrez proved why they were so keen to keep hold of him - both in the summer and in January - with a wonderful strike to secure a point.

The Algerian grew into the game the further it went, and eventually made up for his missed opportunity in the first half, when Begovic saved his chip.

Mahrez began to link well with Vardy in the latter stages, creating space and winning Leicester a series of corners - they had 11 in the second half.

His deliveries caused problems for Bournemouth, and Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire, Chilwell and Iheanacho all had efforts blocked.

And, in the end, he made the most important set-piece count.

Bournemouth resilience almost pays off

Joshua King
Joshua King has scored five goals this season - including four in the Premier League

This was a pleasing performance for Howe's side - and their resilience in defence almost paid off.

There were several occasions when players threw themselves in front of the ball to keep them ahead - and their reaction when Dan Gosling blocked Mahrez late on was telling; they knew they were clinging on.

Gosling's block followed similar efforts from Cook and Simon Francis, who were strong throughout as part of a back three.

The Cherries could have had a chance to double their lead shortly after the break, when Charlie Daniels appeared to be pulled down in the box by Wilfred N'didi.

But referee Lee Probert waved away strong claims for a penalty, and Leicester became dominant.

Yet, despite that, Bournemouth had their chances - with King and Francis shooting off target.

But when Cook went through the back of Iheanacho to concede the stoppage-time free-kick, Mahrez ended their spirited resistance with a special finish.

'A crucial point' - what the managers say

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Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth: Claude Puel says draw good for momentum

Leicester manager Claude Puel: "We deserved something more because it was crazy with all the chances in the second half. It is just one point but not enough for us at home.

"I am happy with the spirit and mentality of the team. They believed and tried until the end and it is an important goal from Riyad Mahrez. It is important to continue our momentum and we will play like we did in the second half in the future.

"It was the last opportunity to score in the game and quality players can make the difference from these situations. It is a crucial point for us because we gave our best in this game."

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Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth: Eddie Howe 'disgusted' with Mahrez's last minute equaliser

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "Winning in this league makes a massive difference, but it is another point. We are edging to safety but looking to make it quicker."

Bournemouth retain upper hand - the best of the stats

  • Leicester have not won any of their past five Premier League games (D3 L2); their longest run without a win since the final six games of Craig Shakespeare's tenure (D3 L3).
  • The Foxes remain winless against Bournemouth in the Premier League (P6 W0 D5 L1).
  • Mahrez's goal was his 36th for Leicester in the Premier League, but his first from a direct free-kick.
  • Bournemouth have scored in 10 consecutive games for the first time in the Premier League, netting in every game they have played since Boxing Day 2017.
  • Since their debut Premier League season in 2015-16, only Leicester (12) have won more penalties away from home than Bournemouth (nine).
  • Despite having 14 shots (including blocks) in the second half, Mahrez's late equaliser was Leicester's only shot on target after the break.
  • There have been just seven goals in the six Premier League games between Leicester and Bournemouth, with neither side scoring more than once in a game.

Man of the match - Steve Cook (Bournemouth)

Steve Cook
The Bournemouth defender was solid throughout - he made 19 clearances, two interceptions and two blocks

What's next?

Leicester travel to The Hawthorns to take on strugglers West Bromwich Albion next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Bournemouth host Tottenham in Sunday's late kick-off (16:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 90mins
  • 18AmarteySubstituted forChilwellat 20'minutes
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Maguire
  • 28FuchsSubstituted forDiabatéat 79'minutes
  • 22James
  • 25Ndidi
  • 14Adrien SilvaBooked at 50minsSubstituted forIheanachoat 59'minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton

Substitutes

  • 3Chilwell
  • 7Gray
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Hamer
  • 16Dragovic
  • 21Iborra
  • 33Diabaté

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 11Daniels
  • 15A Smith
  • 16L Cook
  • 4GoslingBooked at 64mins
  • 19Stanislas
  • 17KingSubstituted forMoussetat 90+1'minutes
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forSurmanat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 18Defoe
  • 24Fraser
  • 31Mousset
  • 42Simpson
  • 58Taylor
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
31,384

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 1, Bournemouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Bournemouth 1.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Bournemouth 1. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Simon Francis (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Foul by Matty James (Leicester City).

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leicester City. Harry Maguire tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Joshua King.

Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matty James (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross.

Attempt missed. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joshua King with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Harry Maguire (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

Attempt blocked. Matty James (Leicester City) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Fousseni Diabaté replaces Christian Fuchs.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman replaces Callum Wilson.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Leicester City).

Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Maguire following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Callum Wilson.

Attempt missed. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

goal

As It Stood

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3Man Utd28185553203359
4Tottenham29177555243158
5Chelsea28165750252553
6Arsenal28136951391245
7Burnley29101092426-240
8Leicester29910104142-137
9Watford29106133947-836
10Everton2997133349-1634
11Bournemouth2989123444-1033
12Brighton28710112637-1131
13Swansea2986152542-1730
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15Huddersfield2986152550-2530
16Newcastle2978142740-1329
17Southampton29513112941-1228
18Crystal Palace2869132543-1827
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