Leicester hit back to deny Leeds as the relegation rivals share the points

Jamie Vardy struck a late equalizer to secure a vital point for Leicester in a 1-1 draw at relegation rivals Leeds.

Luis Sinistra put Leeds ahead at the interval but Leicester were rewarded for their second-half pressure when substitute Vardy pulled them level with 10 minutes remaining.

Patrick Bamford squandered a golden chance to win for Leeds in the last minute when he missed from a yard out at the back post and it could prove costly for the Yorkshire club at the end of the season.

Leeds remain 16th in the table, one point and one place above 17th-placed Leicester, who remain one point above the bottom three – Leeds have six games in total and Leicester five.

Leicester were celebrating in the seventh minute when Youri Tielemans struck a 25-yard shot into the top corner, but his effort was ruled out after VAR ruled Boubakary Soumare offside.

Leeds fans celebrated that decision as if their side had scored a goal before hush broke out again when James Maddison was inches away from connecting with Kelechi Iheanacho’s cross.

Leeds made an encouraging start without creating a clear chance until the 20th minute, when they took the lead with their first effort on target.

Jack Harrison turned his way into space on the right and his superb cross to the far post picked out Sinistra, who scored her fifth league goal of the season with an emphatic downward header.

Luis Sinistra celebrates his goal in front of the Leeds fans (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sinisterra was replaced by Crysencio Summerville after he went off in the 32nd minute and the first half – with Leeds pair Luke Ayling and Rodrigo both booked – ended without further incident.

With so much at stake for both sides who were struggling, it was not a night for fine football but both had plenty of fight.

Patrick Bamford’s shot was blocked by Caglar Soyuncu early in the second period and Rodrigo was almost out of the box, but Leicester had the better of it.

The Foxes pushed Leeds on to the back foot. Marc Roca and Liam Cooper were booked for the home side – the latter for a desperate challenge on Iheanacho on the edge of the box.

Leicester pair Soumare and Tielemans were also shown yellow cards but the visitors began to build momentum, with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier twice denying Iheanacho to preserve his side’s narrow lead.

The visitors’ pressure told in the 80th minute. Cooper held up Iheanacho on the edge of the box but the ball broke to Maddison and slid in Vardy, who turned into the bottom corner.

Jamie Vardy, left, scored past Illan Meslier to seal the final for Leicester

Jamie Vardy scores to seal final for Leicester (Mike Egerton/PA)

Another Vardy effort soon after was ruled out by VAR as the Foxes went in for the kill, but it was Leeds who almost took the win.

Marc Roca’s last-minute flick-on from a corner forced Leicester goalkeeper Daniel Iversen into a brilliant save before Victor Kristiansen headed the ball in from the corner line.

Bamford then headed wide from the ensuing corner after the ball fell to him at the back post and the points were shared.

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