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Southampton 2-2 Leicester City

Southampton's Jose Fonte
Southampton defender Jose Fonte scored his first goal for the club for 18 months

Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester came from 2-0 down to draw at Southampton.

Jose Fonte's first goal for 18 months gave the hosts the lead, glancing in a header from Dusan Tadic's corner.

Virgil van Dijk earlier saw a header cleared off the line, but he doubled the lead with a close-range prod.

Vardy headed the Foxes back into the match, before blasting home his ninth of the season in injury time to keep the Foxes in fifth.

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Do Leicester ever give up?

Not judging by their second-half display.

The Foxes have scored in every Premier League match this season and, sparked into life by the half-time introduction of forwards Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Dyer, they earned an unlikely point with a stunning final 45 minutes.

Southampton were in complete control at half-time but, helped by the trickery of Mahrez and the clinical finishing of Vardy, the Foxes again showed they should never be ruled out.

The draw is the seventh point Leicester have earned from a losing position this season.

Is Vardy set for Euro 2016?

Shot stats
Graziano Pelle and Jamie Vardy had scored five and seven goals respectively in the Premier League this season, but it was Leicester's Vardy who won the battle. His shot graphic (right) shows he scored two goals, had two other shots on target, had two blocked shots and three off target. Pelle (left) had just four shots off target

It would be very hard to leave the Leicester and England striker at home in the summer on this form.

The 28-year-old, who was playing for Fleetwood in League Two in 2012, became just the fourth Englishman to score in six consecutive Premier League matches this century when he headed home to give the Foxes hope after the break.

Before he hammered in a late equaliser, the striker shot over from close range and was a constant threat for Leicester after the break.

Vardy, already in the England squad, is playing with a double fracture to his wrist, but looks determined to push his international cause with the likes of Liverpool's Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge struggling with injury.

He now has three more goals than any of his Premier League rivals.

What went wrong for Southampton?

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Koeman left frustrated by Foxes draw

The introduction of Leicester substitutes Mahrez and Dyer at the start of the second half changed the pattern of the game.

Algerian Mahrez has been a key player for the Foxes this season and the forward proved so again, creating chance after chance playing just behind striker Vardy.

It was his pass that created the equaliser while Swansea City loanee Dyer also made a big impact on the wing, crossing for Vardy's opener.

Southampton should have had the game out of sight, with Sadio Mane delaying after rounding goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel when 2-0 up, but the hosts tired as the match wore on with all 10 of their starting outfield players involved in international duty in the past week.

Man of the match: Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy scored twice from four shots on target and was a threat throughout, having nine shots in total

Manager reaction:

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman on BBC Sport: "It was a difficult game. Defensively we did well in the first half and we scored from set pieces.

"But I expected a difficult second half because we know one of Leicester's strengths is unbelievable spirit and we have to be more clever.

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Ranieri praises 'fantastic' Vardy

"They deserved at least one point. They did two good changes after half-time. Mahrez created difficulties for us."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri on BBC Sport: "We have fantastic spirit. We believe everything could be possible.

"We created a lot of chances. It is important to have good players on the bench and I have very good players who can change the match.

"Jamie Vardy is very important for us. I believe in this team. When we are desperate we make more, more and more."

The stats you need to know

  • Saints have only lost one of their last 19 top-flight home games against Leicester (W10, D8). That came in April 2000.
  • Fifth-placed Leicester are unbeaten in their last eight away games. They have only once enjoyed a longer run in the top division, going nine matches without defeat in 1973.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in six successive league matches for the first time in his career.
  • They have earned a league-high seven points from losing positions this season.
  • Vardy has scored 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances.
  • Leicester had 18 second half shots compared to Southampton's four.

What next?

It doesn't get any easier for Southampton as they face a trip to Liverpool for Jurgen Klopp's first home match in charge of the Reds. Leicester entertain Crystal Palace looking to maintain their top five spot.

More follows.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 1Davis
  • 2SoaresSubstituted forYoshidaat 60'minutes
  • 6Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21BertrandBooked at 76mins
  • 8DavisSubstituted forClasieat 60'minutes
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 22mins
  • 10Mané
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 11TadicSubstituted forRodriguezat 75'minutes
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Clasie
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 14Romeu
  • 20Juanmi
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 26Caulker

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 11Albrighton
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 14Kanté
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forDyerat 45'minutes
  • 9Vardy
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forMahrezat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 10King
  • 24Dyer
  • 26Mahrez
  • 29Benalouane
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
30,966

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away27
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 2, Leicester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Leicester City 2.

Hand ball by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 2, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Robert Huth (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordy Clasie (Southampton).

N'Golo Kanté (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jose Fonte (Southampton) because of an injury.

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Dyer (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Southampton) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Jose Fonte.

Dangerous play by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jordy Clasie (Southampton).

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

Booking

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordy Clasie (Southampton).

Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Dusan Tadic.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 2, Leicester City 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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