Last-gasp Sli­mani goal res­cues point for anx­ious Foxes

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | International -

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.”

/REUTERS

Le­ices­ter City’s Is­lam Sli­mani scores their first goal against Mid­dles­brough

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