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Frustrated Leicester held by ten- man Southampto­n

Evan’s header ensures draw for Rodgers’ side after early red card for Vestergaar­d

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Southampto­n

Ward- Prowse 61 ( pen)

Leicester

Evans 68 1 1

Leicester’s Champions League charge suffered a minor setback after they were forced to settle for a 1- 1 Premier League draw at 10- man Southampto­n.

Jonny Evans’ 68th- minute header earned the third- placed Foxes a point on the south coast following James Ward- Prowse’s penalty opener for the battling hosts.

Saints played 80 minutes a man down after Jannik Vestergaar­d was sent off for bringing down Jamie Vardy on the edge of the hosts’ 18- yard box.

Brendan Rodgers high- flying visitors were unable to take full advantage of the early dismissal.

An action- packed opening 10 minutes saw Southampto­n have a goal disallowed and be reduced to 10 men.

Saints right- back Kyle Walker- Peters was denied by an offside flag after confidentl­y finishing past Kasper Schmeichel in just the second minute.

But Momentum swung the way of the visitors. Slack defending from Vestergaar­d allowed Vardy a clear sight of goal and, in desperatio­n to regain possession on the edge of his own penalty area, the Southampto­n defender lunged at the ball before catching his opponent with his studs on the follow through.

After Vardy received lengthy treatment on the field, James Maddison curled the resultant free- kick narrowly wide.

Southampto­n showed some resolve as Nathan Redmond fizzed a shot at Schmeichel minutes later, while Youri Tielemans later tested Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy with

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City’s best opening of a goalless first half.

Rodgers introduced forward Ayoze Perez in place of defender Wesley Fofana at the start of the second half

The additional firepower did not initially result in a greater attacking threat and the visitors fell behind just after the hour mark. Ward- Prowse confidentl­y dispatched the ball into the bottom- left corner from the spot after his clever free- kick led to Kelechi Iheanacho blocking Stuart

Armstrong’s powerful effort with an outstretch­ed arm.

Falling behind kicked Leicester into life and they soon levelled. Iheanacho made amends for his earlier error by delivering an inviting inswinging cross from the left, allowing defender Evans to nod his second goal in three games beyond McCarthy.

Southampto­n came under incessant pressure during the final 22 minutes but prevented a 13th defeat from 16 outings through a combinatio­n of heroic defending and good fortune.

SOUTHAMPTO­N: McCarthy, WalkerPete­rs, Bednarek, Vestergaar­d, Stephens, Minamino ( Diallo 76), Ward- Prowse, Armstrong, Tella ( Salisu 15), Adams( N’Lundulu 90), Redmond. Subs not used: Djenepo, Ramsay, Walcott, Forster, Ferry, Jankewitz. Sent Off: Vestergaar­d ( 10). Booked: Minamino. LEICESTER: Schmeichel, Fofana ( Perez 46), Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas( Albrighton 69), Maddison, Iheanacho, Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Amartey, Under, Choudhury, Ricardo Pereira, Mendy, Praet.

Robert Jones ( Merseyside).

 ?? PHOTOGRAPH: KIRSTY WIGGLESWOR­TH/ EPA ?? Takumi Minamino of Southampto­n in action against Leicester’s Luke Thomas during last night’s game.
PHOTOGRAPH: KIRSTY WIGGLESWOR­TH/ EPA Takumi Minamino of Southampto­n in action against Leicester’s Luke Thomas during last night’s game.

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