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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough's Negredo scores twice - his first goals in 12 games
  2. Mahrez converts first Leicester penalty equaliser after Chambers handball
  3. Substitute Slimani scores second spot-kick in stoppage time
  4. Vardy substituted, extends Foxes goal drought to 15 matches

Live Reporting

By Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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Vardy: No shots, no goals, hardly any touches

Leicester 2-2 Middlesbrough

No shots, and no touches inside the Middlesbrough area - no wonder Jamie Vardy's Leicester goal drought, which dates back to 10 September, continued today.

Vardy only touched the ball eight times anywhere on the pitch in total, the fewest of any player to start the game. 

In contrast, Boro striker Alvaro Negredo has had 34 touches, and two shots - he has scored with both of them.

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FULL-TIME

Leicester 2-2 Middlesbrough

There's barely time to kick-off again as Lee Mason blows the final whistle at the King Power Stadium and it's all over. Honours even. 

Negredo dejected
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GOAL Leicester 2-2 Middlesbrough

Islam Slimani

Slimani pen
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Harsh on Middlesbrough but Leicester fans don't care a jot. Islam Slimani buries the spot-kick to dramatically rescue a point for the Foxes.

Slimani celebrates
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PENALTY

Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

Drama! Wes Morgan is fouled by Marten De Roon in the box and Lee Mason points to the spot.

Leicester penalty award
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CLOSE!

Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

Three minutes of added time and Leicester almost get that equaliser. A high ball into the box lands at the feet of Daniel Amartey but he can't shape his body to get an effort on target and the ball drifts out of play.

CLOSE!

Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

A long-range effort from Daniel Amartey whistles just past the post. Three minutes plus added time for Leicester to salvage something here.

Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

Antonio Barragan's cross from a tight angle causes a few problems for Leicester goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler who awkwardly tips the ball over the bar. Not much from the Foxes going forward at the moment.

Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

Boro have only been beaten once on the road this season. Their defence is looking pretty determined to see this one out. Leicester just can't find a way through at the moment.

Okazaki with Clayton
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Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

Negredo is on the deck clutching his groin, but after a bit of treatment and a gingerly jog down the touchline he's back on his feet.

GOAL Leicester 1-2 Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo

What a finish from Negredo! The on-loan Valencia man bags his second of the afternoon with a clinical strike. Adam Forshaw's high ball over the top of the Leicester defence sends Nergredo scurrying clear and he emphatically fires a crisp low finish past Ron-Robert Zieler.

Negredo celebrates
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SUBSTITUTION

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Another substitution from Claudio Ranieri as Riyad Mahrez is withdrawn for Ahmed Musa. Mahrez chunters to himself as he grabs a coat and sits on the bench.

SUBSTITUTION

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

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Jamie Vardy won't end his goal drought this afternoon. The striker picks up a booking and moments later is replaced in attack by Islam Slimani.

Vardy comes off
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Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Danny Simpson whips a decent delivery into the box from the right flank, but Andy King heads high over the crossbar and into the stands.

Danny Simpson crosses
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Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

The start of the second half very much mirroring the start of the first at the King Power Stadium. Not much to write home about at the moment. Boro ever so slightly more positive. 

Traore and Fuchs
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Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Boro defender Antonio Barragan's had a bit of a nightmare with throw-ins this afternoon. He had a couple of foul throws in the first half, and now he's chucked the ball straight back to Leicester goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler from a good position. 

YELLOW CARD

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Daniel Amartey becomes the third Leicester player to get his name into referee Lee Mason's book for a foul on Fabio.

KICK-OFF

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Back under way at the King Power Stadium.

Foxes spot on

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

17 – Since August 2015, Leicester have taken (17) and scored (13) more penalties than any other Premier League team. Foxy.

'Beautiful finish from Negredo'

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

It was a cultured finish from Alvaro Negredo. They have been waiting for him to come up with this sort of magic since he arrived in Middlesbrough and he's swept it in beautifully. That is what you expect from a player like Negredo.

Alvaro Negredo
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HALF-TIME

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Well, Alvaro Negredo has managed to break his goalscoring duck. Can Jamie Vardy do the same in the second half? Leicester finally got themselves going as the half wore on. They'll need to show a bit more to win this one, though.

Mahrez
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CLOSE!

Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Jamie Vardy's just not getting the breaks. Shinji Okazaki slides the ball across goal for the England striker who looks set to strike a low effort at goal, only for Gaston Ramirez to pinch the ball off his toe.

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Tomi Adiyan: Fantastic goal by Negredo.

Stevey Gee Sings: Leicester have lost it in the Premier League but as underdogs in Champions League -  they will go and win it! Heard it hear first. 

Negredo strike
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GOAL - Leicester 1-1 Middlesbrough

Riyad Mahrez (pen)

The Algerian makes no mistake as he strikes the spot-kick low into the corner, and it goes into the net off the inside of the post.

Mahrez penalty
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PENALTY

Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

A penalty for Leicester. A high ball is pumped into the box and catches the hand of Calum Chambers. Referee Lee Mason points to the spot. The Boro defender probably feels a little aggrived given he looked to be fouled by Wes Morgan.

Middlesbrough penalty protestations
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CLOSE!

Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

It's taken nearly a third of the game but Leicester finally manage a shot on goal, and it's a spectacular one. Riyad Mahrez lifts a cross into the area and Shinji Okazaki executes a spectacular scissor kick which hits the bar.

Okazaki hits bar
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YELLOW CARD

Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

Boro look to catch the hosts on the counter attack, forcing Marc Albrighton to snuff out the danger. Albeit with a foul on Gaston Ramirez. A deserved booking for the former Aston Villa winger.

Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

Leicester's fans are getting a little frustrated. A couple of choice words from supporters filter their way on to the pitch. A half-hearted "Come on City" follows. Marc Albrighton swings a free-kick into the penalty area but Boro's defence clear.

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Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

977 – Alvaro Negredo’s strike against Leicester has ended a run of 977 minutes without a Premier League goal for Middlesbrough. Opener.

Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

Boro controlling possession now. Leicester still look short on energy and drive thus far. The besuited Claudio Ranieri is up off the bench and patrolling the technical area.

Ranieri
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GOAL - Leicester 0-1 Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo

Negredo goal
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Leicester have looked a little flat and Boro punish them as Alvaro Negredo scores his first goal since the opening day of the season. The Spanish striker exchanges passes with Gaston Ramírez before he strikes the ball high into the net from near the penalty spot.

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Leicester 0-0 Middlesbrough

Boro spark into life down the right flank. Adama Traore's pace takes him past Christian Fuchs and Leicester keeper Ron-Robert Zieler parries his cross-shot away from goal. Marten de Roon subsequently picks the ball on the edge of the box, only to sweep his effort well wide of goal.

Leicester 0-0 Middlesbrough

Both sides giving possession away like unwanted stock on Black Friday. Lots of aerial balls, headed back and forth. Scrappy so far.

Mahrez and Fabio
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Leicester 0-0 Middlesbrough

Shinji Okazaki is terrier like early on, harrying the Boro defenders and forcing Ben Gibson to lump one long. Both sides testing each other out at the moment.

Okazaki and Clayton
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KICK-OFF

Leicester 0-0 Middlesbrough

Claudio Ranieri gives his glasses a quick spit and polish before taking his seat in the dugout. And we're under way at the King Power Stadium.

Thou shall not pass

Leicester v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

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Leicester v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

With mission accomplished in the Champions League ahead of schedule, it's time for Leicester to concentrate on improving their surprisingly poor league position.

Claudio Ranieri said he 'expected difficulties (this season), but not so strong', with his team losing half of their league games so far.

The Foxes' 12-point haul is just less than half the total they had at this stage last season.

Meanwhile, a fourth consecutive away draw might be the best Boro can hope for as the Premier League's joint lowest scorers try to get past a defence that has only been breached four times in the league at home all season.

Shooting Stars...

Leicester v MIddlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

Comedian and Boro fan Bob Mortimer, who is in the away end at the King Power, will certainly be hoping Negredo can rediscover his shooting boots in front of goal to lift his spirits on a chilly afternoon in the East Midlands.

Cold Blue Stadium.. don't like cold blue stadiums

Cold Blue Stadium.. don't like cold blue stadiums

Karanka defends striker Negredo

Leicester v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka on forward Alvaro Negredo, who has failed to score in 10 straight starts: "When a striker is not scoring goals he is always going to have his critics, just like when a team is not winning a manager is going to have his critics.

"Everybody has to understand we are not a top team going five or 10 times in the opponents' box - we have to wait for our chances.

"Leicester are not in a good moment so we will have to arrive more times in the opponents' box and he is going to score goals for sure in the way that he is working." 

Alvaro Negredo
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'Vardy now scoring in training'

Leicester v Middlesbrough (15:00 BST)

Jamie Vardy, Claudio Ranieri
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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri on Jamie Vardy, who has scored twice in the league this season compared with 13 at the same stage in 2015-16: "He has restarted and is very close to scoring. 

"He has started to also score in training, and that is good news because also, in the training, he didn't score so well. Jamie is always normal, the same last season. You don't see him nervous or frustrated.

"But sooner or later Vardy will come back. I speak every day with him. He is very calm, very concentrated in his job, to work for the team."