Slimani spot on to save Leicester
London: Leicester salvaged a dramatic 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough as Islam Slimani converted a penalty deep into stoppage-time at the King Power Stadium yesterday. Claudio Ranieri’s side trailed twice to goals from Middlesbrough striker Alvaro Negredo, but Riyad Mahrez got Leicester’s first equaliser with a penalty before his Algerian team-mate Slimani struck from the spot to earn a point with virtually the last kick of a thrilling encounter.
Although Leicester finished the happier thanks to their late escape, the Foxes remain too close to the relegation zone for comfort and their fairytale title seems a lifetime ago just seven months later. Middlesbrough went into the match as the Premier League’s joint lowest scorers, but they threatened first as Adama Traore sped past Christian Fuchs and drove in a cross-shot that Ron-Robert Zieler parried to Marten de Roon, who swept his effort wide. Karanka’s team had found their stride quickly and Negredo’s 977-minute goal drought came to an end in the 13th minute. Negredo, on loan from Valencia, had gone 11 games without a goal since scoring in the opening game of the season, but the Spanish striker was in unusually clinical mood as he exchanged passes with Gaston Ramirez and fired high into the net from inside the penalty area. AFP