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Leicester Come From Behind to Beat Everton in VAR Assisted Win

Leicester Come From Behind to Beat Everton in VAR Assisted Win Photo: TT
Photo by Ryan Browne/BPI/Shutterstock (10486971bf) Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City celebrates his goal. Leicester City v Everton, Premier League, Football, King Power Stadium, Leicester, UK - 01 Dec 2019

Leicester City came from 1-0 down to beat Everton 2-1 as they went three points clear of Chelsea in third place.

The Toffies, whose manager Marco Silva is fighting for his job, took the lead through Brazilian forward Richarlison as he headed home Djibril Sidibe’s cross.

It took until the 68th minute for the home side to equalise, and when they did it came as no surprise that it was Jamie Vardy who hit the back of the net.

Vardy is known for lurking on the shoulder of the last defender and using his pace to finish off counter attacks, but his strike came in a more predatory way as he slotted home from a few yards out following Kelechi Iheanacho’s ball across the box.

Everton had played a fairly deep line to stop the traditional threat from Vardy, but could do nothing as Iheanacho ran in behind and hit the perfect cross to his strike partner.

Impact sub

Provider then turned scorer as the Nigerian international broke the deadlock deep into stoppage time with an excellent finish. As the Toffies pressed for their own last minute winner, Ricardo Pereira collected a loose pass, played a one-two with Youri Tielemans and threaded an inch perfect pass to Iheanacho to thunder home from just inside the box.

It was superb work from the former Manchester City striker, who turned two defenders and calmly picked his spot in Jordan Pickford’s goal. It was also what he deserved after seeing a previous effort chalked off by VAR. This time the check came back good for the Foxes and the goal stood.

For all their excellent work in the match, Everton still go back to Merseyside with another defeat and a fight to avoid the relegation zone on their hands. They have nothing to show for the millions they’ve spent trying to assemble a squad that’ll punch through the glass ceiling, and their fans must be glancing enviously at the work Brendan Rodgers and Leicester are doing on a much smaller budget.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer
@rusty_hughes I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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