Last-gasp Leicester strike grabs dramatic draw

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Substitute Harvey Barnes scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Leicester City claimed a 2-2 draw away to West Ham on Sunday (AEST).

Barnes' first Premier League goal came two minutes into added time, just after it looked like a late strike from West Ham's Lucas Perez, who had also come off the bench, had given the hosts victory.

A frantic finish to the contest came after a relatively quiet opening hour, in which Michail Antonio headed in his fifth top-flight goal of the season as the hosts attempted to bounce back from a three-match losing streak.

The drama began when in-form Jamie Vardy scored his ninth goal in 10 Leicester games to equalise after the break, Barnes ultimately having the last word after Perez had struck eight minutes from time, though the West Ham striker also had what would have been a clinching third goal harshly ruled out for offside.

The reverse fixture in October also ended in a draw, and West Ham have now only won one of their past 10 meetings with the Foxes.

In an uneventful start to the match, Leicester's James Maddison had two efforts saved by Lukasz Fabianski, while Antonio was denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

It was a quality move that led to the breakthrough after 37 minutes, though, as Mark Noble linked up well with Robert Snodgrass before the captain's out-swinging cross from the left was powerfully headed in by Antonio from eight yards.

Leicester equalised in the 67th minute, as Vardy reacted quicker than Fabian Balbuena and diverted Ben Chilwell's left-wing cross past Fabianski with a first-time finish.

Balbuena made a key block from Maddison, who then fired wide from a decent opening as Leicester sought to complete the comeback.

But it was West Ham who appeared to grab victory when a side-footed effort from Pedro Obiang bounced off the post, with Perez reacting sharply to convert the rebound.

Leicester, however, fought back again and - moments after Perez had been denied a second by an offside flag - Youri Tielemans' throughball sent Barnes through, with the 21-year-old coolly placing his finish beyond Fabianski into the far corner.

 

What does it mean? West Ham's season running out of steam

A draw at least meant West Ham did not make it four consecutive top-flight defeats, which would have matched the dreadful start to the season they made under Manuel Pellegrini. But their campaign continues to run out of steam, and their failure to convert two leads into a victory means a push to rival the likes of Watford and Leicester for seventh is beyond them. They sit 11th in the table, six points adrift of the Hornets having played a game more. Leicester are five points better off, but slip below Javi Gracia's men – who won at Huddersfield Town - into eighth position.

Vardy still producing

Brendan Rodgers has raved about Vardy since arriving from Celtic and it is easy to see why. The former England striker's finish was superb and he also created two chances for his team-mates as his scintillating run of form continues.

Gray needs to do more

Demarai Gray got 84 minutes to make an impact for Leicester, but did not have a shot on target or create a single chance for his team-mates. He must be more productive to be a key figure under Rodgers next season.

What's next?

West Ham will look for a first win in five when they have a tough London derby away to Tottenham next Saturday, while Leicester do not play again until they are at home to Arsenal on Monday 29.

Source Omnisport