Premier League – Leicester 1-1 Tottenham: Riyad Mahrez scores again for Leicester

Premier League, King Power Stadium – Leicester 1 (Mahrez 82) Tottenham 1 (Alli 81)

 

After an uneventful first half, Nacer Chadli spurned a golden chance at the start of the second, firing high and wide after Kyle Walker had spotted his run. Subsequent chances for Harry Kane and Chadli again came and went as Spurs looked the more likely to break the deadlock.

Leicester could have gone ahead when Mahrez tried to capitalise on a loose pass by Ben Davies, but he could only strike the base of Hugo Lloris’s near post.

Spurs seized the advantage when substitute Dele Alli threw himself at Chadli’s cross to score an impressive diving header and became the youngest player to score for Spurs since Gareth Bale in 2007 – but Spurs were celebrating for only 90 seconds.

Mahrez, excellent throughout again, cut inside Jan Vertonghen and secured a point for the Foxes with a superb curling effort, maintaining Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham
Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham – Eurosport

KEY MOMENTS

16’ CHANCE!  Albrighton cuts inside Kyle Walker easily and the former Villa man arrows a shot towards the far top corner, but it drifts over Lloris’s goal.

28’ GOOD SAVE! Dembele has another go from the edge of the box, cutting in from the right, but this time it was sneaking inside the near post – but Schmeichel pulls off a good save low to his left.

37’ CHANCE! Vardy attacks the Spurs box down the right, he clips a cross to the far post but it has just too much pace on it for Okazaki and Mahrez.

43’ PENALTY? Mahrez slips in the box under pressure from Vertonghen – no penalty given as they were pulling each other’s shirts. Right decision by the ref, but the home crowd don’t think so.

48’ CHANCE! Huge chance for Spurs and it’s wasted by Chadli. Walker picks him out with an excellent through ball but Chadli slices his shot high and wide – had to at least hit the target there. Poor effort.

64’ CLOSE! Kane bundles his way into a shooting position in the box but just loses control at the last moment and his shot is deflected and Schmeichel gathers easily.

70’ OFF THE POST! Davies gives the ball away and Mahrez drives into the box and smacks the ball against the base of Lloris’s near post.

81’ GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Tottenham: Dele Alli scores for Spurs! Tottenham break through Kane, who finds Chadli. The Belgian clips it to the far post and the substitute Alli scores with a diving header at the far post.

82’ GOAL! Leicester 1-1 Tottenham: Leicester level! Mahrez cuts inside Vertonghen and curls a wonderful effort inside the far post. Superb strike and Spurs were ahead for barely a minute.

88’ GREAT SAVE! Lloris saves Spurs with a save from point blank range after WesMorgan thumped a header from Mahrez’s cross straight at the Spurs keeper.

MATCHCAST: LIVE COMMENTARY & STATS

KEY STATS

Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances.

Since the start of last season, Jamie Vardy has more Premier League assists than any other forward (9).

Dele Alli is the youngest player to score a Premier League goal for Tottenham since Gareth Bale v Arsenal in September 2007.

Leicester's Robert Huth in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
Leicester’s Robert Huth in action with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane – Reuters

TALKING POINT

How long can Leicester’s good run continue? While they were unable to get the win today, they were dynamic in attack and resolute in defence and will take some beating on this form. Claudio Ranieri is yet to tinker with his winning team too much, but the good news is that they can get better with the arrival of GokhanInler, who made a late debut, and with Bournemouth next, Leicester will be hopeful the run can go on.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – A superb performance again by the 24-year-old Algeria star. Always a threat on the right and caused Ben Davies problems throughout. Capped his fine display with a lovely goal.

PLAYER RATINGS

LEICESTER: Schmeichel 7, De Laet 7, Huth 7, Morgan 7, Schlupp 7, Albrighton 7, Drinkwater 7, King 6, Mahrez 8, Okazaki 6, Vardy 7. Subs: Kanté 7, Inler n/a, Ulloa n/a

TOTTENHAM: Lloris 7, Walker 7, Alderweireld 7, Vertonghen 6, Davies 6; Dier 7, Mason 6, Chadli 7, Dembele 7, Lamela 6; Kane 6. Subs: Alli 8, Bentaleb 6, Carroll 6.