Leicester City 1 Bournemouth 1: Vardy ensures Foxes end champions season with a draw
The end-of-season party may not have matched last year's, but Leicester City at least finished the season with a draw against Bournemouth.

Leicester City's season as Premier League champions went out in nostalgic fashion as Jamie Vardy got the goal to seal a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

In a match that had all the hallmarks of a typical end-of-season affair amid bright skies at the King Power Stadium it was the visitors that went in front inside the first minute.

Junior Stanislas was the beneficiary of some slack Leicester defending to slot home a third goal in as many games.

The home fans may have feared a repeat of the midweek 6-1 capitulation against Tottenham when Kasper Schmeichel had to brilliantly claw away Dan Gosling's fierce strike. 

But Vardy, whose 13 league goals pale in comparison the crucial 24 he netted last season, scored a scrappy second-half leveller to earn a draw.

Vardy saw another goal ruled out for offside and Islam Slimani missed a gilt-edged chance late on, but a 12th-place finish will be a huge relief to Leicester in a season that for long periods had threatened to end in relegation, although it represents the worst defence to a Premier League title.

For Bournemouth, Eddie Howe and his team can reflect on a job well done after ensuring a top-half finish in just their second season in the top flight, pipping West Brom for ninth.

Among a clutch of clubs who chased eighth into the final day, ultimately topped by Southampton, Bournemouth struck first, taking less than a minute to find the opener.

Lys Mousset made a nuisance of himself down the left and from there a combination of shoddy Leicester defending and lucky bounces left Stanislas with a simple eight-yard finish under Schmeichel.

On several occasions the visitors had chances to double their lead, but lacked composure in the final third, although Gosling was unlucky that his 20-yard thunderbolt was denied by a brilliant one-handed Schmeichel save.

Leicester finished the opening half strongly, though, and Yohan Benalouane saw a close-range effort deflected wide, while great defending by Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels denied Riyad Mahrez and Vardy respectively.

And the Foxes were level six minutes after the restart.

Ben Chilwell's deep cross from the left was headed back across goal by Slimani and Vardy was on hand to bundle home.

The England striker thought he had scored again on the hour. Vardy showed great spirit to hold off two challenges and find Slimani, before receiving the ball back and slotting into the goal - only to be harshly adjudged offside.

Vardy was now a constant menace and, after being slipped in by Mahrez, forced a fingertip save from Ryan Allsop. 

Bournemouth's third-choice goalkeeper made another decent stop to tip Vardy's reaction header over the top as Leicester pressed for a winner.

It was Slimani that squandered the best chance in the closing stages, though, the Algeria international heading wide unmarked from Mahrez's teasing free-kick.

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Key Opta stats:

- Bournemouth ended the Premier League season on a five-match unbeaten run (W3 D2) and finished in the top-half of the table for the first time. 
- Eddie Howe’s men won 46 points in 2016-17, four more than they recorded last season.
- After winning his first five Premier League games in charge of Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare has enjoyed just two wins in his last eight games as their manager in the competition (W2 D2 L4).
- Leicester won just 44 points in the Premier League this season, the lowest haul (assuming three points for a win) by a reigning English top-flight champion since Liverpool in 1902 (42 points).
- Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in 13 Premier League games under Craig Shakespeare compared to five in 22 under Claudio Ranieri this season.
- Junior Stanislas has scored in three consecutive league games for the first time in his career.
- Stanislas' goal was Bournemouth’s 100th in Premier League history.

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