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Leicester City 2-2 Brentford: Battling Bees come from 2-0 behind to earn point

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Timothy Castagne heads Leicester ahead against Brentford
Leicester City finished eighth in the Premier League table last season, five places above Brentford

Brentford produced a terrific fightback from 2-0 behind to secure a point against Leicester in a thrilling match at the King Power Stadium.

A header by Belgium defender Timothy Castagne opened the scoring for the Foxes, the only Premier League club not to have signed a player in the summer transfer window so far.

Leicester were the dominant side in the first half with Youri Tielemans hitting the post before Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall doubled the lead 25 seconds into the second half.

Brentford hit back when Ivan Toney scored from close range after a move that started when Leicester lost possession from a throw-in.

Toney wasted a great chance to equalise when he headed wide after Leicester's Wesley Fofana nodded against the post at the other end.

But Brentford were not done as Josh Dasilva, one of five substitutes used by Thomas Frank, struck an 86th-minute equaliser after cutting inside on to his left foot, starting the Bees' second successive season in the top flight with a point.

Leicester City 2 - 2 Brentford - Brendan Rodgers reacts as Bees snatch draw

Leicester let two points slip

There is so much talent running through this Leicester team but there have been suggestions that momentum could be waning after a dormant summer in the transfer market so far.

The Foxes have not spent a penny but have lost a legend after Kasper Schmeichel - their Premier League and FA Cup winning keeper - joined Nice, while Newcastle target James Maddison and Chelsea target Fofana are wanted elsewhere.

The way Leicester gave up a 2-0 lead will only increase calls for Brendan Rodgers, who has been linked with a loan move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, to strengthen his squad before the 1 September deadline.

"Obviously you want to strengthen the squad and add depth and quality," Rodgers told BBC Sport afterwards.

"But on the other side of that you can still have cohesion within your performance and I think you saw that for large parts of the game."

Leicester looked certain to make a winning start after Dewsbury-Hall's super finish added to Castagne's opening goal.

They started with a real flourish but by the end they were fortunate not to lose as Brentford came back strongly in the second half.

The concern for Rodgers is that this was a real opportunity to make a solid start.

But it will feel like two points dropped, with matches to follow against Arsenal (away), Chelsea (away) and Manchester United (home) between now and 1 September.

Thomas Frank

Bees show fighting spirit

Brentford finished last season - their first in England's top flight since 1946-47 - in 13th spot, aided largely by the signing of Christian Eriksen.

His departure has left a large void but Brentford are clearly not lacking confidence or belief judging by this performance.

They started last season with a statement win over Arsenal and the way they came back to secure a point against an experienced Leicester side will give them a lift going into the rest of the campaign.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank celebrates with Josh Dasilva after the final whistle
Since the start of last season, only Liverpool (21) and Tottenham (17) have picked up more points from losing positions in the Premier League than Brentford (16)

There were contrasting fortunes for two of Brentford's debutants in the starting line-up.

While Ben Mee was at fault for the second goal and replaced in the 59th minute, 20-year-old Aaron Hickey - a £17m signing from Bologna - produced a performance to suggest he could be another shrewd signing for the Bees.

Frank celebrated with Dasilva, who has endured a series of injury problems, on the pitch in front of the travelling fans after the final whistle.

"I am very emotional about it [Dasilva scoring]," said Frank. "I have been working with him for four years. He is a fantastic person and he produced a moment we know he can produce."

Player of the match

HickeyAaron Hickey

with an average of 7.64

Leicester City

  1. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
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  2. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
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  3. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
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  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
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  5. Squad number3Player nameFofana
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  6. Squad number1Player nameWard
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  7. Squad number2Player nameJustin
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  8. Squad number6Player nameEvans
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  9. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
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  10. Squad number9Player nameVardy
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  11. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
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  12. Squad number20Player nameDaka
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  1. Squad number2Player nameHickey
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  2. Squad number29Player nameBech Sørensen
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  3. Squad number10Player nameDasilva
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  4. Squad number21Player nameDervisoglu
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  5. Squad number23Player nameLewis-Potter
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  6. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste
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  7. Squad number17Player nameToney
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  8. Squad number3Player nameHenry
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  9. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard
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  10. Squad number1Player nameRaya
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  11. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo
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  12. Squad number8Player nameJensen
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  13. Squad number11Player nameWissa
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  14. Squad number27Player nameJanelt
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  15. Squad number16Player nameMee
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  16. Squad number18Player nameJansson
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Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Ward
  • 3Fofana
  • 6Evans
  • 18Amartey
  • 27Castagne
  • 8Tielemans
  • 25Ndidi
  • 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forDakaat 73'minutes
  • 2Justin
  • 10Maddison
  • 9Vardy


  • 4Söyüncü
  • 11Albrighton
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 20Daka
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 31Iversen
  • 33Thomas


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 2HickeySubstituted forBech Sørensenat 83'minutes
  • 18Jansson
  • 16MeeSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 59'minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 27Janelt
  • 6NørgaardSubstituted forBaptisteat 73'minutes
  • 8JensenSubstituted forDasilvaat 59'minutes
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 17Toney
  • 11WissaSubstituted forDervisogluat 83'minutes


  • 10Dasilva
  • 15Onyeka
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 22Strakosha
  • 23Lewis-Potter
  • 26Baptiste
  • 29Bech Sørensen
  • 30Roerslev
  • 33Stevens
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamBrentford
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 2, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Brentford 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Castagne.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Josh Dasilva.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Amartey.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Vitaly Janelt tries a through ball, but Bryan Mbeumo is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Youri Tielemans tries a through ball, but Wesley Fofana is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Josh Dasilva (Brentford).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 2, Brentford 2. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Toney.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Timothy Castagne (Leicester City).

  14. Post update

    Shandon Baptiste (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Shandon Baptiste tries a through ball, but Ivan Toney is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Halil Dervisoglu replaces Yoane Wissa.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Mads Bech Sørensen replaces Aaron Hickey.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

    Josh Dasilva (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

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