Vardy salvages late draw for Leicester at Leeds


Jamie Vardy of Leicester celebrates scoring the goal to make it 1-1 during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Leicester City at Elland Road on April 25, 2023 in Leeds, England.

Substitute Jamie Vardy scored a late equaliser to salvage a Premier League point for Leicester City at Leeds United, keeping both sides firmly in trouble.

Vardy slotted home a cool finish in the 80th minute from James Maddison’s pass and the former England striker then thought he had won it when converting from close range, but it was ruled out for offside.

Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra opened the scoring in the first half with a header at the back post from Jack Harrison’s pin-point cross, but the hosts could not hold on.

The draw leaves Leicester firmly in trouble, only out of the bottom three on goal difference, and they will drop into the relegation places if Everton avoid defeat against Newcastle on Thursday, while Leeds are a further point ahead.

The Foxes thought they had taken the lead inside the opening 10 minutes but Youri Tielemans’ thunderous finish was ruled out by VAR as Boubacary Soumare was ruled to be offside in the build-up.

Dean Smith’s side were chasing the game in the second half but were frustrated by Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who twice denied Kelechi Iheanacho, before Vardy popped with the leveller.

Leeds should have won it in the final minute but striker Patrick Bamford somehow scuffed wide from close range from a couple of yards out.

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