Leicester City 2-1 Everton

Match Report

The pressure on Everton boss Marco Silva continues to mount after his side crashed to a last-gasp 2-1 Premier League defeat at in-form Leicester City.

Leicester were unchanged from the side that beat Brighton 2-0 last weekend, while Silva made three changes to the Everton XI that slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Norwich.

Michael Keane returned to play alongside Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate as part of a back three, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi both started as Morgan Schneiderlin, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun all dropped out.

The Foxes went into the game targeting a sixth consecutive Premier League win, but it was Everton who started positively in the opening stages of the contest as they eyed a third win in four visits to the King Power Stadium.

Lucas Digne looked to set up his fellow wing-back Djibril Sidibe, but he put his right-foot effort over the crossbar from the right on eight minutes.

Ayoze Perez had the hosts’ first effort of note on 13 minutes but guided his shot wide of the far post after being picked out by Ricardo Pereira.

It was Everton who were rewarded for their bright start as they took the lead in the 23rd minute when Richarlison raced into the area to get on the end of a return cross from Sidibe and powered a header past Kasper Schmeichel from six yards.

Leicester responded well to falling behind and were initially awarded a penalty on 33 minutes when Ben Chilwell appeared to go over in the box following a clumsy challenge from Holgate.

But the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) saved the Toffees as Graham Scott’s decision was overturned due to the lack of contact on the Foxes full-back.

Leicester continued to struggle as they tried to break through a resolute Everton rearguard and the visitors almost snatched a second on the break as Richarlison sent a header just wide on 52 minutes.

Ricardo did go close on 54 minutes as he worked an opening for himself and tested Jordan Pickford, and Sidibe cleared before Jamie Vardy could pounce on the rebound.

Everton maintained a threat on the counter-attack with both Mina and Holgate being denied in the Foxes area.

However, Leicester were finally rewarded for their endeavour with an equaliser in the 68th minute when Kelechi Iheanacho sent a cross-shot towards the back post and Jamie Vardy was on the spot to tuck away his 13th league goal of the season.

James Maddsion almost guided a Vardy cross into the net on 73 minutes, but Pickford was on hand to make the save, while Vardy then sent a header just over from the middle of the area moments later.

Moise Kean came off the bench for Everton and almost had an immediate impact as he collected a pass from Richarlison and curled an effort from 30 yards into the side-netting after spotting Schmeichel off his line.

Leicester continued to press with Youri Tielemans drilling a low strike just wide of the far corner from the right side of the area on 83 minutes.

The hosts snatched the win in dramatic fashion in stoppage time when Iheanacho went through and finished past Pickford from just inside the area.

The offside flag was up against the Foxes forward, but a check with VAR showed the Nigerian was marginally onside and the goal was given, much to the delight of the hosts and anguish of Silva.

A sixth straight win takes Leicester back above Manchester City into second place, eight points behind leaders Liverpool, while Everton remain in 17th, just two points clear of the relegation places.

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