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Leicester 2-2 Brighton: Brighton score late to deny Leicester victory

Harvey Barnes shoots
Barnes has scored seven goals so far this season, Leicester’s joint-top goal scorer with Maddison

Youngster Evan Ferguson scored late to earn Brighton a point after Leicester had come from behind to take the lead at King Power Stadium.

Kaoru Mitoma opened the scoring for Brighton after he drifted into the midfield and swept in a stunning curled shot from outside the area for his fourth goal in six games.

Marc Albrighton, who had been on the pitch for just three minutes, tucked past Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez for the equaliser after Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans saw their shots saved.

Barnes put the home side ahead when he confidently finished Luke Thomas’ header, flicked on from a corner, and for 25 second-half minutes Brendan Rodgers’ men looked like they would earn their first win in five games.

But 18-year-old Ferguson rescued a point for Europe-chasing Brighton with his third Premier League goal, when he met Pervis Estupinan’s cross to head into the far corner.

The result moves Brighton up to sixth in the league while the Foxes are 14th but just one point above the relegation places.

Ferguson spoils Foxes fun

The Seagulls had won five games in seven coming into this tie against a struggling Leicester.

That record looked like it would be extended after Mitoma’s stunning opener, the winger is already making a name for himself and looks able to help offset the departure of Leandro Trossard to Arsenal.

However, goals from Albrighton and Barnes put the home side in charge and Leicester looked like earning their first win after four straight losses despite Brighton continuing to create openings. March tried to beat goalkeeper Danny Ward at the front post but was blocked, with Ward later saving with his knee from Alexis Mac Allister’s shot from range.

But Ferguson, who replaced Danny Welbeck on 66 minutes, was alert to Estupinian’s fizzed cross to keep his side well in contention for a European spot, an ambition manager Roberto de Zerbi made clear last week after seeing his side thrash Liverpool 3-0.

More to follow.

Player of the match

DunkLewis Dunk

Leicester City

  1. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  2. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  3. Squad number7Player nameBarnes

  4. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall

  5. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  6. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  7. Squad number1Player nameWard

  8. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  9. Squad number3Player nameFaes

  10. Squad number18Player nameAmartey

  11. Squad number33Player nameThomas

  12. Squad number26Player namePraet

  13. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  14. Squad number20Player nameDaka

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  2. Squad number22Player nameMitoma

  3. Squad number28Player nameFerguson

  4. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister

  5. Squad number7Player nameMarch

  6. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  7. Squad number30Player nameEstupiñán

  8. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

  9. Squad number1Player nameSánchez

  10. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  11. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  12. Squad number29Player namevan Hecke

  13. Squad number2Player nameLamptey

  14. Squad number34Player nameVeltman

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ward
  • 27Castagne
  • 18Amartey
  • 3Faes
  • 33Thomas
  • 26PraetSubstituted forAlbrightonat 35′minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 24Mendy
  • 7Barnes
  • 9VardySubstituted forDakaat 86′minutes
  • 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forMaddisonat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 10Maddison
  • 11Albrighton
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 20Daka
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 31Iversen
  • 34Brunt
  • 47McAteer

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sánchez
  • 13Groß
  • 29van HeckeSubstituted forLampteyat 78′minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Estupiñán
  • 25Caicedo
  • 10Mac AllisterBooked at 90mins
  • 7March
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forVeltmanat 30′minutes
  • 22Mitoma
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forFergusonat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lamptey
  • 4Webster
  • 19Sarmiento
  • 20Enciso
  • 21Undav
  • 23Steele
  • 27Gilmour
  • 28Ferguson
  • 34Veltman

Referee:
Thomas Bramall

Attendance:
32,056

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