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Leicester Come From Behind Twice To Hold Everton

Newly promoted Leicester City came twice from behind to hold Everton to a 2-2 draw in their First English Premier League game in ten years, at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Everton dictated possession stakes early on and the first shot of the game fell to them in the 11th minute as Aiden McGeady attempted a shot from range but the shot went straight to Kasper Schmeichel.

The game opened up as both sides searched for the opening goal but neither side could manage to create clear goal-scoring opportunities.

In the 20th minute Everton opened the scoring as Schmeichel blocked Sylvain Distin's close range effort which fell to an unmarked McGeady inside the box, the midfielder steadied himself to curl in a pin-point effort off the top right post into the net, 1-0.

Everton’s joy was short-lived when 95 seconds later Leicester City restored parity as Everton failed to clear a corner-kick and Leonardo Ulloa was on hand to poke home from close range, 1-1.

In the 42nd minute Steven Naismith unleashed a shot from just outside of the box but it narrowly beat the left-hand post.

Everton restored their lead in the 45th minute, as former South African captain Steven Pienaar’s touch set up Naismith, who fired his shot into the back of net, off the underside of the crossbar, from 12 yards out, 2-1. 

There was some great interplay down the left wing between Pienaar and Leyton Baines in the build up to the goal.

Everton went into the break with the one goal advantage.

It was a lively start to the second half from both sides but they couldn’t make any early inroads.

In the 65th  minute Jeffrey Schlupp missed a glorious opportunity to level matters as he was played in behind Everton’s defense but he ballooned his shot over.

Chances dried up in the second half as the ball became concentrated in the middle of the park with both defenses standing firm.

Late in the game, in the 86th minute, Leicester City equalized when Phil Jagielka’s clearance attempt found an unmarked Chris Wood inside the box, who kept his composure to score.

Leicester held on for the draw, to cap off a memorable Premier League comeback.


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