Leicester missed an opportunity to cement their grip on third place within the Premier League after a 1-1 draw in opposition to 10-man Southampton at St Mary’s on Friday. Southampton needed to play 80 minutes with out Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard after he was despatched off for a foul on Jamie Vardy. However James Ward-Prowse’s second half penalty briefly put Ralph Hasenhuttl’s aspect forward earlier than Jonny Evans headed Leicester’s equaliser. Leicester stay in third place, however fourth positioned Chelsea would shut the hole to only two factors in the event that they beat struggling Fulham on Saturday. Fourth place will likely be lowered to a Europa League qualification spot if Chelsea win the Champions League, Arsenal win the Europa League and each golf equipment end exterior the highest 4.
So Leicester want to hold onto third place to make sure of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League.
Fourth place would possibly nonetheless be sufficient for Brendan Rodgers’ crew, however they’ve solely 4 matches left to ensure their berth in Europe’s elite membership competitors.
“A bit irritating, however I do not assume we did sufficient to win the sport. An awesome alternative in opposition to 10 males and we’re usually superb at that,” Rodgers mentioned.
“Give credit score to Southampton, they defended deep and compact however we’re dissatisfied. The velocity was too gradual. We did not actually begin to play with that tempo till we bought the equaliser.
“Once we get again in once more on Monday it’s one other level in direction of the place we wish to go. We have now bought 4 video games to go. We’re in an excellent place.”
In an FA Cup semi-final rematch after Leicester’s 1-0 win at Wembley two weeks in the past, Southampton gave a greater account of themselves to finish their three-game dropping streak.
– Defiant Southampton –
Leicester had powered to a top-flight away report 9-0 win in opposition to Southampton on their earlier go to to St Mary’s in 2019.
However they discovered it a lot more durable this time and may have been behind early on when Nathan Tella, unmarked eight yards from objective, shot weakly at Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Southampton had been lowered to 10 males within the tenth minute after Vestergaard’s slip left Vardy clear via on the sting of the penalty space.
Vestergaard responded to his blunder with a determined lunging deal with, however though the centre-back made contact with the ball, he clattered into Vardy’s ankle within the course of, incomes a crimson card from referee Robert Jones.
It took over half an hour for Leicester to carve out a critical likelihood when Kelechi Iheanacho picked out Youri Tielemans and the Belgian’s low drive compelled a tremendous save from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy at his close to put up.
Southampton had been battling impressively and so they took the lead within the 61st minute due to a serving to hand from Iheanacho.
Stuart Armstrong’s shot thumped into Iheanacho’s out-stretched arm and Jones pointed to the spot, with Ward-Prowse smashing the penalty previous Schmeichel for his ninth objective this season.
Lastly hitting their stride, Leicester equalised within the 68th minute as Evans met Iheanacho’s pin-point cross with a robust header that gave McCarthy no likelihood.
Vardy, arrange by James Maddison’s move, may have received it for Leicester with seven minutes left, however McCarthy made an excellent save along with his legs to repel the close-range effort.