- Foxes fought back from 2-0 down
- Vardy scores both Leicester goals
- Saints took lead through Fonte, van Dijk
- Vardy leads PL with 9 goals
Leicester City fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Saints raced into a 2-0 lead at half time with goals from Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk doing the damage. However, an inspired half time substitution from Claudio Ranieri saw Nathan Dyer and Riyad Mahrez cause havoc as Jamie Vardy scored twice to keep his own run of scoring in six-straight Premier League games going.
With the draw Saints have 13 points, while Leicester have 16 and remain in the top five.
After a bright start from Leicester which saw Vardy prod the ball over, the Foxes failed to capitalize and found themselves 2-0 down at the break.
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Fonte, who signed a contract extension at Southampton until 2018 in the week, headed home after 21 minutes with Saints’ skipper scoring his first goal of the season to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
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Just before half time Saints doubled their lead as James Ward-Prowse‘s cross found Graziano Pelle who saw his flicked header hit the post but van Dijk was on hand to poke home at the second attempt to make it 2-0 and score his first goal for Saints.
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At half time Leicester made two changes as Ranieri brought on Mahrez and Dyer to try and drag themselves back into the game. Vardy struck a shot straight at Kelvin Davis — who was standing in for the injured Marten Stekelenburg — in goal for Saints, and the subs combined in the 62nd minute as first Dyer had a shot blocked then Mahrez curled an effort just wide of the far post as Leicester pushed to get back in the game.
Former Saints winger Dyer made a real impact off the bench as he surged down the right flank in the 65th minute and his cross found Vardy at the near post who headed home to half the deficit. 2-1, as Vardy became just the fourth Englishman since 2000 to score in six-straight PL games.
Late on Leicester pushed for the equalizer and were all over Southampton. Vardy missed a glorious chance in the last 10 minutes as he put the ball over the bar when the goal beckoning, but the Foxes weren’t to be denied as Vardy scored in stoppage time as he smashed past Davis to grab yet another point from a seemingly perilous looking position.