Europa League - Group C
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Leicester City 1-1 Spartak Moscow: Jamie Vardy has penalty saved in draw

Daniel Amartey
Daniel Amartey levelled seven minutes after Spartak Moscow's opener

Substitute Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved as Leicester were held by Spartak Moscow in a draw that leaves their hopes of qualifying from Europa League Group C in the balance.

The Foxes are third in a tight group with two games remaining and Brendan Rodgers' side will rue a failure to take three points on Thursday.

The hosts had been completely dominant but it was the visitors who took a surprise lead when former Chelsea winger Victor Moses headed in unmarked following a swift attack.

That sparked more urgency in the Foxes and they hit back through Daniel Amartey, who met Ayoze Perez's flick-on with a firm header.

The experienced Moses then hauled down Ademola Lookman in the box but Vardy's spot kick was uncharacteristically timid and goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov got down comfortably to parry it away.

Leicester are two points behind group leaders Napoli, who have seven points after thumping second-placed Legia Warsaw 4-1 earlier.

Foxes waste chance to take second spot

Victor Moses
Victor Moses scored with Spartak Moscow's only effort on target

With Legia at home next before a trip to Napoli on the final day, Leicester face the two sides above them in the group so qualification remains in their hands.

They could and probably should have been in a far more commanding position however after enjoying 76.9% of possession, twice hitting the frame of the goal and missing a spot-kick at the King Power Stadium.

Spartak's 51st-minute goal was their only effort on target as Moses arrived on the edge of the six-yard box to flick a header beyond Kasper Schmeichel from Mikhail Ignatov's cross.

Leicester had dominated before that and the closest they came was a thunderous left-footed Boubakary Soumare strike from distance that rattled the crossbar.

Kelechi Iheanacho also waltzed his way into the Spartak box only for strike partner Patson Daka to pinch the ball off his toe when the Nigeria international was shaping to shoot.

It did not take Leicester long to level though, with the Russian side's lead lasting just seven minutes as Amartey responded from a corner.

Daka, who scored four goals when these sides met in the reverse fixture two weeks ago as Leicester came from 2-0 down to win 4-3, was replaced by Vardy with 20 minutes to go.

And when Moses, twice a Europa League winner with Chelsea, pulled down Lookman four minutes later it felt like the scene was set for the 34-year-old to step up and claim the winner.

But Vardy's low penalty was easily saved by Selikhov - and despite continuing to press for a winner, the Foxes could not find a way through.

Iheanacho swivelled and hit the post, but only after blocking team-mate Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's goal-bound header in a sequence that summed up the Foxes night.

"Overall the players played well, created lots of chances and we missed the penalty," boss Rodgers told BT Sport. "We never had the killer instinct in the box to take the opportunities.

"It is not easy when there are 11 players sat in, we worked the ball into good areas, but just could not find the final ball.

"Performance-wise, we played well in the game. Did not concede so much but the goal we conceded was really poor from our perspective. We did not track runs into the box and something we have seen before."

Player of the match

TielemansYouri Tielemans

with an average of 6.90

Leicester City

  1. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
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  2. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
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  3. Squad number29Player nameDaka
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  4. Squad number6Player nameEvans
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  5. Squad number42Player nameSoumaré
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  6. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
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  7. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
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  8. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
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  9. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
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  10. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
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  11. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
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  12. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
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  13. Squad number5Player nameBertrand
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  14. Squad number37Player nameLookman
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  15. Squad number9Player nameVardy
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Spartak Moscow

  1. Squad number8Player nameMoses
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  2. Squad number10Player nameBakaev
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  3. Squad number24Player namePromes
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  4. Squad number7Player nameSobolev
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  5. Squad number57Player nameSelikhov
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  6. Squad number2Player nameGigot
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  7. Squad number47Player nameZobnin
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  8. Squad number6Player nameAyrton Lucas
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  9. Squad number14Player nameDzhikiya
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  10. Squad number68Player nameLitvinov
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  11. Squad number29Player nameKutepov
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  12. Squad number22Player nameIgnatov
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  13. Squad number3Player nameCaufriez
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  14. Squad number17Player nameLomovitskiy
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  15. Squad number18Player nameUmiarov
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Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Amartey
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 27Castagne
  • 42SoumaréSubstituted forDewsbury-Hallat 83'minutes
  • 17PérezSubstituted forNdidiat 58'minutes
  • 8TielemansBooked at 66mins
  • 5BertrandSubstituted forLookmanat 58'minutes
  • 29DakaSubstituted forVardyat 71'minutes
  • 14Iheanacho


  • 9Vardy
  • 12Ward
  • 20Choudhury
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 25Ndidi
  • 33Thomas
  • 34Benkovic
  • 35Jakupovic
  • 37Lookman
  • 38Daley-Campbell
  • 45Nelson
  • 54Marcal-Madivadua

Spartak Moscow

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 57Selikhov
  • 3Caufriez
  • 2Gigot
  • 14Dzhikiya
  • 8MosesBooked at 74mins
  • 68LitvinovSubstituted forKutepovat 90+3'minutes
  • 47Zobnin
  • 6Dantas de Medeiros
  • 22IgnatovSubstituted forLomovitskiyat 87'minutes
  • 7SobolevBooked at 59minsSubstituted forBakaevat 77'minutes
  • 24PromesSubstituted forUmiarovat 77'minutes


  • 10Bakaev
  • 11Larsson
  • 17Lomovitskiy
  • 18Umiarov
  • 29Kutepov
  • 32Rebrov
  • 38Eshchenko
  • 56Gaponov
  • 71Melnikov
  • 91Markov
  • 92Rasskazov
  • 98Maksimenko
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Spartak Moscow 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Spartak Moscow 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Georgi Dzhikiya.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Alexander Selikhov.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Ilya Kutepov replaces Ruslan Litvinov.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ruslan Litvinov.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nail Umiarov.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Alexander Lomovitskiy replaces Mikhail Ignatov because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Castagne with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall replaces Boubakary Soumaré.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Maximiliano Caufriez.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Nail Umiarov replaces Quincy Promes.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Zelimkhan Bakaev replaces Alexander Sobolev.

  18. Post update

    Penalty saved! Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Booking

    Victor Moses (Spartak Moscow) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Leicester City. Ademola Lookman draws a foul in the penalty area.

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