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Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By Chris BevanBBC Sport
Tottenham's Harry Kane and Leicester's Ritchie De Laet
Tottenham striker Harry Kane (left) is yet to score this season

Riyad Mahrez's fourth goal of the season quickly cancelled out Tottenham's opener and maintained Leicester's unbeaten start.

Tottenham broke the deadlock with nine minutes to go when Dele Alli converted Nacer Chadli's cross from close range.

But Mahrez, who had earlier hit the post, replied just 90 seconds later with a fierce left-footed finish.

The Foxes went closest to victory when Hugo Lloris saved Wes Morgan's header, but they still moved top of the table.

Claudio Ranieri's side are above Manchester United on goal difference after three games, although Manchester City and Liverpool can leapfrog them later this weekend.

Reaction to this match and the rest of Saturday's action

Relive Leicester's draw with Spurs

Kane fails to shine in front of Hodgson

Harry Kane's touch-map
Kane only touched the ball 14 times in the Leicester half before half-time but was much more involved in his side's attacks in the second half, when he touched the ball 26 times in the same area

England manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for September's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland next week and was at King Power Stadium to check on Tottenham's Harry Kane and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.

Both forwards were involved in their side's goals, with Kane helping to start the move that ended with Alli heading home from close range, and Vardy's header giving him an assist even if Leicester's goal owed much more to Mahrez's magic.

Vardy was his usual energetic self, causing Spurs plenty of problems without ever looking like finding the net himself.

Kane, who is yet to score this season after notching 31 times in 2014-15, had a poor first half but showed flashes of his old self in the second period, notably when he forced his way past two Leicester defenders and forced Kasper Schmeichel into a save.

But it was Mahrez who was the game's star performer. The Algerian's goal capped another fine display on the wing and he always looked dangerous when he came inside and ran at the Tottenham defence.

Tottenham miss Christian Eriksen

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said before the game that his need for another striker to help Kane was "obvious".

Leicester 1-1 Tottenham: Pochettino 'angry' with Spurs' focus

He will not have seen anything against the Foxes to change that opinion, with West Brom's Saido Berahino looking like the leading contender to plug that gap.

What will also concern Pochettino is his side's lack of creativity against Leicester with Christian Eriksen absent with a knee injury.

Eriksen's absence left Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela as the attacking trio behind Kane.

Dembele had a couple of shots from distance in the first half, Chadli set up Spurs' goal, but Lamela was again ineffective as Tottenham struggled to turn their superior possession into chances.

Man of the match: Riyad Mahrez

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez
He got Leicester's goal and Riyad Mahrez was the most effective attacking player on the pitch. The Algerian had four shots on goal - only Spurs' Nacer Chadli (five) had more shots and none of his were on target

Manager reaction

Leicester 1-1 Tottenham: Ranieri hails Leicester's 'spirit'

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: "Tottenham kept possession of the ball but we created the same chances and 1-1 is the right result.

"I am happy, My players have a fantastic spirit. It was an outstanding goal and Riyad Mahrez is a very good player.

"It is important to maintain our place in the Premier League. Seven points, 33 less, that is important for us."

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "It was 50/50, a very difficult game for both teams. Second half we played much better.

"I am disappointed with the draw. Last game against Stoke we lost a 2-0 lead and we did it again. We deserved more again but it is a shame.

"I am angry and disappointed, not frustrated. The mistake we made today is difficult to explain."

The stats you need to know

  • Leicester City have won 29 Premier League points since 1 April; more than any other side.
  • Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including four in his three PL games in 2015-16.
  • Spurs' Dele Alli scored his first Premier League goal in this match and at 19 years, 132 days is the youngest player to score for Tottenham in the PL since Gareth Bale (18 years, 60 days) netted against Arsenal in September 2007.

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 6Huth
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Schlupp
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forUlloaat 90+4'minutes
  • 10KingBooked at 90mins
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forInlerat 80'minutes
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forKantéat 78'minutes
  • 20Okazaki
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 14Kanté
  • 19Kramaric
  • 23Ulloa
  • 28Fuchs
  • 29Benalouane
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 15DierBooked at 60mins
  • 8MasonBooked at 83minsSubstituted forBentalebat 88'minutes
  • 19DembéléBooked at 29minsSubstituted forCarrollat 77'minutes
  • 11LamelaBooked at 31minsSubstituted forAlliat 65'minutes
  • 22Chadli
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 6Bentaleb
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 20Alli
  • 25Onomah
  • 28Carroll
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
31,971

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home13
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Riyad Mahrez.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by N'Golo Kanté.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

  7. Booking

    Andy King (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.

  11. Post update

    Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  13. Post update

    Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Robert Huth (Leicester City).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

  16. Post update

    Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Ryan Mason.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gökhan Inler (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ritchie de Laet.