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Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough

Islam Slimani
Islam Slimani's penalty took his tally to five goals since he joined Leicester from Sporting Lisbon

Islam Slimani's injury-time penalty rescued a point for Leicester as they came from behind twice against Middlesbrough.

Alvaro Negredo ended a goal drought which stretched back to the opening day of the season when he put Boro ahead following a neat exchange of passes with Gaston Ramirez.

Riyad Mahrez equalised from the penalty spot after Calum Chambers was judged to have handled.

Negredo looked to have given Boro the points when he latched on to a long ball from Adam Forshaw and clinically dispatched a low shot past Foxes goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

But Slimani converted from the spot in the fourth minute of injury-time after Wes Morgan was fouled by Marten de Roon.

Relive Leicester v Middlesbrough as it happened

Saturday's Premier League reaction

Leicester's never-say-die spirit

There were murmurs of discontent from the home fans at the King Power Stadium, but Leicester's players rolled up their sleeves and fought right to the final whistle.

For large parts of the game, the Foxes lacked any kind of zip or purpose about their play. Crucially, though, they kept going and salvaged a valuable point.

It came on the back of Tuesday's 2-1 win over Club Brugge, which secured their passage to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a game to spare.

Importantly, it ensured Leicester did not slip to a third successive Premier League defeat.

"We showed fantastic character," said Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri. "Lucky is someone who believes in something more."

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Foxes showed great character - Ranieri

Negredo ends goalscoring drought

Negredo, who is on a season-long loan from Valencia, found the net for the first time since Boro's 1-1 draw against Stoke City on 13 August.

It was not just the powerful Spaniard's finishing that caught the eye at the King Power Stadium either.

Negredo held the ball up, linked up the play and was generally a handful for the Leicester defence.

He scored 23 goals in 48 appearances for Manchester City en route to helping them win the Premier League title in 2013-14. This display was reminiscent of those days.

Given his side's overall lack of goals this season, Boro boss Aitor Karanka will hope it represents the start of a hot streak for Negredo.

Vardy draws a blank again

Jamie Vardy touch map
A tally of no shots - and no touches - inside the Middlesbrough area tells its own tale of Jamie Vardy's difficult afternoon as his search for a goal goes on.

While Negredo was back among the goals, Jamie Vardy's struggles to find the net continue.

Vardy has not scored for the champions since 10 September - a run of 15 games. His form is in stark contrast to a year ago, when he scored for a record 11th Premier League game in a row.

Without Danny Drinkwater, suspended for three matches for elbowing Watford's Valon Behrami, Leicester tried too many high balls, which did not utilise Vardy's strengths.

But irrespective of that, Vardy's performance was subdued, as was his body language.

He could have few complaints when substituted with 25 minutes left.

Man of the match - Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough)

Alvaro Negredo
Alvaro Negredo's two goals capped a fine individual display. His finishing was clinical and the Boro striker did not look like a man who had not scored in his last 10 starts before this game.

Thou shalt not pass

  • Riyad Mahrez has found Jamie Vardy with only one pass in the last eight Premier League matches that they have played together and has only created one goalscoring chance for the England forward all season in the competition.
  • Leicester's return of 13 points is the second-worst record after 13 games of any defending champion in top-flight history since it became three points for a win in 1981.
  • Middlesbrough conceded two penalties after a run of 48 league games without one.
  • Leicester City (417) have already been trailing for more minutes in the Premier League this season than in the entire 2015-16 campaign (391).
  • Mahrez has two goals and one assist in his last three appearances following nine Premier League games without any of either.
  • Alvaro Negredo has been directly involved in six Premier League goals this season (three goals, three assists); more than any other Middlesbrough player.
  • Negredo's first strike against Leicester ended a run of 977 minutes without a Premier League goal for Middlesbrough.
  • Since the start of last season, Leicester have taken (18) and scored (14) more penalties than any other Premier League team.

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Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough: Leicester draw feels like defeat - Karanka

What they said:

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: "We are fighting for a relegation battle. Now we could be tired but fortunately the character and spirit of the group is good. We knew it was a tough match. Twice fighting back is not easy.

"It was difficult to surprise Middlesbrough, who showed good football to score twice. It's a good performance in the end, I think the draw for us is very good.

"It was important not have to have three Premier League defeats. I feel we have to fight until the end of season."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "We showed we are a good team and are playing well. We should have won the game and were better than them.

"It's unfair to draw this game. Our performances with and without the ball have been good. Against top teams, we have been really organised.

"I know how good Alvaro Negredo is, and knew the goals would arrive. He did that because the team worked hard. We all have to keep working now."

What's next?

Leicester are in action again on Saturday, 3 December (15:00 GMT) when they travel to face Sunderland. Middlesbrough host Hull City two days later on Monday, 5 December (20:00).

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 21Zieler
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28FuchsBooked at 37mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forMusaat 68'minutes
  • 13AmarteyBooked at 51mins
  • 10King
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 29mins
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forGrayat 76'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 65minsSubstituted forSlimaniat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hernández
  • 7Musa
  • 8James
  • 12Hamer
  • 15Schlupp
  • 19Slimani
  • 22Gray

Middlesbrough

  • 26ValdésBooked at 90mins
  • 17Barragán
  • 25ChambersBooked at 31mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 2Fabio
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forStuaniat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14de Roon
  • 8Clayton
  • 34Forshaw
  • 21RamírezSubstituted forFischerat 88'minutes
  • 10NegredoBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 5Bernardo
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 11Fischer
  • 12Guzan
  • 18Stuani
  • 19Downing
  • 24Nsue
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
32,058

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 2, Middlesbrough 2. Islam Slimani (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Leicester City. Wes Morgan draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Víctor Valdés (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Danny Simpson (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.

Offside, Leicester City. Daniel Amartey tries a through ball, but Marc Albrighton is caught offside.

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

Calum Chambers (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Islam Slimani (Leicester City).

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough).

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Viktor Fischer replaces Gastón Ramírez.

Offside, Leicester City. Wes Morgan tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Antonio Barragán (Middlesbrough).

Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ron-Robert Zieler.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Cristhian Stuani replaces Adama Traoré.

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Shinji Okazaki.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Álvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 1, Middlesbrough 2. Álvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Amartey.

Attempt saved. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed Musa.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Ahmed Musa replaces Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt blocked. Marten de Roon (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Amartey.

Attempt blocked. Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Islam Slimani replaces Jamie Vardy.

Booking

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

goal

As It Stood

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3Man City1393129121730
4Arsenal1274125121325
5Tottenham136611910924
6Man Utd125431714319
7Everton125431614219
8Watford125341720-318
9West Brom134541716117
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11Southampton123541212014
12Burnley134271221-914
13Leicester133461622-613
14Stoke123451319-613
15Middlesbrough132651215-312
16Crystal Palace133282126-511
17West Ham123271323-1011
18Hull133281128-1711
19Swansea132381626-109
20Sunderland132291223-118
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