Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City: Valiant comeback from 10-man Foxes
- Vardy gets straight-red card
- Bojan, Allen put Stoke 2-0 up
- Ulloa, Amarety score late on
Leicester City felt like everything was going against them at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
They lost Jamie Vardy to a straight red card. Gave away a penalty kick which Bojan Krkic scored to put the Potters 1-0 up and then Joe Allen made it 2-0 at half time. However, late in the second half the Foxes launched a stunning comeback with Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey scoring late on to snatch a point.
With the point Stoke moves to 22 points for the season, while Leicester grabbed just their second away point of the season to move on to 17 points.
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Stoke started the better of the teams as Bojan played in a ball to Joe Allen who set up Jonathan Walters but Kasper Schmeichel saved brilliantly to deny the Potters.
Leicester then twice went close as Riyad Mahrez’s shot was deflected on goal but Lee Grant saved and Stoke’s goalkeeper then produced a fine stop to deny Robert Huth’s looping header moments later.
Mame Biram Diouf and Bojan both went down in the box but both had penalty shouts turned down. Then Diouf missed the ball after a cross from the left yet Bojan was following up but his effort was blocked by Andy King.
The turning point then arrived as referee Craig Pawson showed Vardy a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Diouf. In fairness to Vardy he was pushed off balance by Glen Johnson as he went in for the challenge and did get the ball but he also caught Diouf. Leicester down to 10 men.
Soon after they were 1-0 down as Bojan’s cross was clearly handled in the box by Danny Simpson and Stoke’s Spanish playmaker slotted home the penalty kick.
Before half time it was 2-0 to the Potters with Giannelli Imbula sending a shot off the near post which hit Schmeichel and then went straight to Allen who tapped home his fifth goal of the season. As the teams walked off at half time Claudio Ranieri was livid as he tried to get to referee Pawson.
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In the second half it was damage limitation for the Foxes and Schmeichel denied Jonathan Walters with a fine save as the Stoke forward towered above Wes Morgan but was denied by the Danish goalkeeper.
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Mahrez flashed a free kick over the bar but that was about as good as it got for Leicester, with Allen being denied by Schmeichel as Stoke toyed with the Foxes but couldn’t find a third goal.
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However, substitute Ulloa then scored his first goal in 16 games to give Leicester hope in the closing stages with his header going over the line despite being hacked clear by Ryan Shawcross. 2-1.
And then Amartey headed home in the 88th minute to complete a fine comeback for Ranieri’s men as they showed the same fighting spirit which won them the title last season.