Southampton 1-1 Leicester City: Premier League – as it happened Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0100-Leicester City faced off with Southampton FC at St. Mary's, where a win stretches the Champions League advantage. This is how the match played out.
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Leicester City faced off with Southampton FC at St. Mary’s, where a win stretches the Champions League advantage. This is how the match played out.
Their previous league encounter was a 2-0 win for Leicester City at King Power, where Harvey Barnes and James Maddison dominated the match throughout. This match helped the Foxes remain the only side to be in top four for the whole season thus far.
This match did not feature Harvey Barnes, who remains out after a setback to his long recovery from a knee-injury earlier in the season.
A 1-1 draw today, as a second half penalty for the Saints and a Jonny Evans goal saw the Foxes maintain their Champions League charge.
Read throughout to find out how the match played out, alongside tactical observations and analysis.
The King Power side will make plenty of money from Champions League qualification, and should fund at least two transfers into the club.
A loss means the Foxes would have to wait for their qualification for Champions league football at least another two or three matches. A draw would do little to dent their qualification, where a win moves them ten points clear of West Ham with only a few matches left to play.
Leicester City had plenty of work to do, after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off for a follow through challenge on Jamie Vardy. Southampton went to a highly defensive stance, with the game 0-0 at half time.
A Southampton penalty and a Jonny Evans equaliser in the second half means this was a match to forget for Brendan Rodgers.
The draw means that we go eight points clear of West Ham United, and will still need at least three wins if our competitors also win to confirm qualification for the Champions league. However, the UCL remains within grasp.
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Southampton v Leicester: Three wins until Champions League! Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0100-Minute-by-minute report: Ten-man Saints earned a deserved point despite Jannik Vestergaard's controversial early dismissal. Scott Murray was watching.
Brendan Rodgers speaks to Sky. “I’m a little frustrated. We didn’t do enough to win the game to be honest. It was a great opportunity, playing against ten men, and normally in that type of game we’re very good. But we didn’t really pick up the tempo until we went a goal behind. But give credit to Southampton, who defended deep, compact, and made it difficult for us. But yes, we’re disappointed. Our game was too slow. I haven’t seen the [red card] back, I’d need to see it again. We had a couple of really good chances, but not enough. We always want to win, we’ve shown this season that we’ll do anything we can to win, but tonight it just wasn’t enough. When we get back in on Monday, it’s another point towards where we want to go. We’ve got four games to go, we’re in a brilliant position, we showed a good mentality to get back into the game. We’ll have a good week to recover and get ready for next Friday [against Newcastle].”
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FULL TIME: Southampton 1-1 Leicester City
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GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Leicester City (Evans 68)
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GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Leicester City (Ward-Prowse 61 pen)
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Penalty for Southampton!
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HALF TIME: Southampton 0-0 Leicester City
– April 30, 2021
Southampton vs Leicester City Southampton v Leicester Three wins until Champions League!