Sli­mani spot on to save Le­ices­ter

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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

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