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Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
Callum Wilson
Wilson opened the scoring with a wonderful bicycle kick for his fourth goal of the season so far

Jamie Vardy's late penalty earned Leicester a draw away to Bournemouth and preserved his side's unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Callum Wilson's bicycle kick opened the scoring for Bournemouth after Max Gradel's deflected header fell kindly.

The Cherries were forced to make three substitutions through injuries as goalkeeper Artur Boruc was a spectator for much of the game.

But Vardy levelled after being fouled in the box with four minutes to play.

The 28-year-old's hard running was the brightest feature Leicester's display and he tricked Bournemouth defender Steve Cook into scything him down with some neat footwork.

The result means Claudio Ranieri remains unbeaten in his first four matches in charge of the Foxes, while Eddie Howe's Bournemouth go into the international break with four points from their first four games in the top flight.

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

Relive Bournemouth's draw with Leicester

Where was Riyad Mahrez?

Bournemouth v Leicester
Left-back Daniels was more of a threat going forward for Bournemouth than winger Mahrez was for Leicester

Riyad Mahrez had been Leicester's stand-out performer of the season so far, scoring four goals in the first three games.

But against Bournemouth he was taken off at half-time after a poor display. The 24-year-old was clattered into by Max Gradel almost immediately from kick-off and Ranieri said after the game the Algerian winger had struggled to recover.

Instead it was Bournemouth who looked by far the more dangerous side in the opening 45, but in the second half they struggled to cope with the changes enforced on them by injury.

Boruc had a quiet first half but remained alert to save from Jeff Schlupp and Danny Drinkwater before Vardy levelled from the penalty spot - despite the Polish goalkeeper getting a hand on it.

Do England have a new number nine?

Callum Wilson
Wilson is joint top scorer in the Premier League after his beautifully taken bicycle kick

With England playing San Marino and Switzerland in two European Championship qualifiers next Saturday and Tuesday, it will not have escaped manager Roy Hodgson's attention that it is an Englishman who jointly leads the Premier League scoring charts.

Wilson scored a brilliant hat-trick in last weekend's 4-3 win at West Ham and got his fourth goal of the campaign to level with Mahrez after showing brilliant predatory technique to turn home Bournemouth's first-ever top flight goal at home.

Charlie Daniels' cross from the left was met by Gradel, his header hit a Leicester back and Wilson swivelled sharply before smashing home beautifully with his back to goal.

The 23-year-old is not in contention for a place in Hodgson's squad but had his link-up play with summer signing Lee Tomlin been slightly more polished, he could have scored a few more.

Tomlin showed good promise in the playmaker role but Leicester's defence was solid. At times you might argue it was too solid, as first Bournemouth left-back Daniels, then his £8m replacement Tyrone Mings, who came on for his Premier League debut, and lastly winger Gradel were all forced off through injury.

Man of the match - Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson
Wilson took his goal superbly and linked up with Lee Tomlin well throughout the game

Manager reaction

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, speaking to BBC Sport: "We were still dominant for long periods but I think the injuries were key in the game, particularly in our ability to change tactically, and it's not nice when you see your team-mates going of injured.

Bournemouth the dominant team - Howe

"They all look nasty and at the moment they are in the treatment room being assessed, although we won't know how serious they are until they get scanned.

"I think we've had a decent enough start in terms of performances. I'm a bit disappointed not to have got more points. I thought we could have got three today, but sometimes you have to be a grateful for a point."

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, speaking to BBC Sport: "We conceded the goal and until then we were playing well. After the goal we slowed down the tempo and had no great personality.

Foxes deserved the draw - Ranieri

"There were 10 minutes when Bournemouth played very well. In the second half we put them under pressure and made some good chances. I think at the end we deserved to draw.

"It's important to take one point from a difficult match. We have a week now where the players go to their national team and when they come back we must re-start with the same mentality."

The stats you need to know

  • Vardy has three goals and an assist from his last five Premier League appearances.
  • Five of the eight penalties in the top-flight this season have been won and taken by the same player, including Vardy's today.
  • Leicester City have gone five away games unbeaten for the first time in the Premier League.
  • Bournemouth have only lost one of their last 12 home league matches (W6 D5).

What next?

Bournemouth will be hopeful of picking up more points from their next three games against Norwich, Sunderland and Stoke after the international break.

Leicester will look to keep their good run going through matches against Aston Villa and Stoke before welcoming Arsenal.

Lee Tomlin



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forMingsat 45'minutesSubstituted forA Smithat 57'minutes
  • 30Ritchie
  • 32O'KaneBooked at 75mins
  • 6Surman
  • 10GradelBooked at 1minsSubstituted forPughat 67'minutes
  • 24Tomlin
  • 13Wilson


  • 7Pugh
  • 14Mings
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 23Federici
  • 25Distin


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de LaetBooked at 13minsSubstituted forBenalouaneat 90+1'minutes
  • 6HuthBooked at 48mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 15SchluppBooked at 90mins
  • 10KingBooked at 36mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forOkazakiat 45'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 14Kanté
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forDodooat 71'minutes
  • 9Vardy


  • 20Okazaki
  • 23Ulloa
  • 28Fuchs
  • 29Benalouane
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 33Inler
  • 36Dodoo
Neil Swarbrick

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Leicester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Yohan Benalouane.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

  6. Post update

    Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

    Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Yohan Benalouane replaces Ritchie de Laet.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Simon Francis tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 1, Leicester City 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Steve Cook (Bournemouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Leicester City. Jamie Vardy draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Shinji Okazaki.