Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moscow: Jamie Vardy misses penalty as Foxes held

Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moscow: Jamie Vardy misses late penalty as Foxes miss chance to take big step towards qualifying from Europa League group

  • Jamie Vardy missed a late penalty as Leicester drew with Spartak Moscow
  • Leicester squandered an opportunity to go top of their Europa League group 
  • Victor Moses put the Russians in front in the second half at the King Power
  • Foxes levelled with a Daniel Amartey header before being given the spot-kick 

Jamie Vardy missed a second-half penalty as Leicester were held to a draw by Spartak Moscow that put a dent in their hopes of finishing top of their Europa League group.

Five minutes after replacing Patson Daka – who scored all four goals when Leicester beat Spartak 4-3 in Russia a fortnight ago – Vardy was presented with the chance to become his side’s record European scorer but saw his spot-kick saved. Leicester also hit the woodwork twice through Boubakary Soumare and Kelechi Iheanacho but there were isolated boos at full-time.

Earlier, former Chelsea player Victor Moses had put Spartak ahead early in the second half, with Daniel Amartey equalising for the Foxes moments later. But this is a disappointing result for the home side, with the prize for finishing first in Group C a place in the last 16, without needing to go through the play-off phase. 

Jamie Vardy missed a glorious chance to give Leicester victory over Spartak Moscow

Spartak keeper Aleksandr Selikhov saved Vardy’s soft penalty late in the second half

Leicester remain third in the group after this result, with a home game against Legia Warsaw and a trip to Napoli to come. Daka was the hero last time out but he made little impact here.  

Both Amartey and Iheanacho had shots for Leicester early on, while Quincy Promes and Aleksandr Sobolev looked dangerous for the visitors in an open start.

The home side came desperately close to taking the lead in the 18th minute when Soumare’s ferocious first-time strike from 25 yards bounced back off the underside of the bar.

MATCH FACTS

Leicester: Schmeichel 6; Amartey 6.5 Evans 6.5, Soyuncu 6; Tielemans 6, Soumare 6 (Dewsbury-Hall 83), Bertrand 5.5 (Lookman 59, 6); Perez 5 (Ndidi 59, 6); Iheanacho 6, Daka 5.5 (Vardy 71, 5).

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Subs not used: Ward, Choudhury, Thomas, Benkovic, Jakupovic, Daley-Campbell, Marcal-Madivadua, Nelson.

Goals: Amartey 58

Booked: Tielemans

Coach: Brendan Rodgers 6

Referee: Halil Umut Meler 6 

Then four minutes before the break, Iheanacho tricked his way into a shooting position yet as he was about to pull the trigger, Daka tried to do the same and the chance was lost.

Between those incidents. Spartak found it easy to keep Leicester at arm’s length. Daka’s exploits in Moscow persuaded Spartak coach Rui Vitoria to match Brendan Rodgers’ 3-4-1-2 and sit deep, denying the Zambian space.

And the plan was looking even better six minutes after the interval when Spartak took the lead. Mikhail Ignatov escaped on the right and crossed for Moses, who ran untracked between Jonny Evans and Amartey to head past Schmeichel from 10 yards. 

Leicester were level within seven minutes as Ayoze Perez flicked on Ryan Bertrand’s corner and Amartey headed home at the far post. 

The Foxes looked like winning when Moses tugged back sub Ademola Lookman only for Vardy to put his kick far too close to Aleksandr Selikhov, who made a simple save. 

Leicester’s frustration grew when another sub, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, headed Timothy Castagne’s cross against Iheanacho, who hit the rebound against the outside of the post from a tight angle. 

Victor Moses (right) celebrates giving Spartak the lead in the second half at the King Power

Daniel Amartey levelled for Brendan Rodgers’ side with a header seven minutes later




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