Last-gasp Slimani goal rescues point for anxious Foxes
Leicester City’s Islam Slimani scored a satoppage-time penalty to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, who recorded their fourth successive away draw in the Premier League.
The goal came deep into injury time after Wes Morgan drew a foul from Marten De Roon in the area. It was Leicester’s second penalty of the game, with Riyad Mahrez also scoring from the spot in the first half after Calum Chambers handled under pressure from Morgan.
Boro thought they had done enough for victory after twice leading through Alvaro Negredo, who scored either side of the break with a superb left-foot shot on 13 minutes and a clinical finish from Adam Forshaw’s cross on 71 minutes.
But Claudio Ranieri’s side, who qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League in midweek, refused to buckle and averted what would have been a third consecutive Premier League defeat.
Claudio Ranieri has joked he “may need a bigger bell” to wake up his Leicester team from their Premier League slump and a trip to see Big Ben could be in order.
The Leicester manager would famously ring a table bell during team talks if he felt players were not concentrating,.
The tactics led Leicester to the Premier League title, but successive defeats have left them two points above the relegation zone and Ranieri is thinking about turning up the volume for the visit of Middlesbrough.
The Italian said: “Sometimes I say dilly-ding dilly-dong. But now I have to get not a little bell, I have to ring a big bell - St Peter’s bell I have to ring! Or Big Ben - we will all go to London! I am not happy because we aren’t in the right position.”
Leicester City’s Islam Slimani scores their first goal against Middlesbrough