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Southampton v Leicester City Live Commentary, 01/12/2021

FT
2 - 2
SOU
LEI
J. Bednarek (3)
C. Adams (34)
J. Evans (22)
J. Maddison (49)
St. Mary's Stadium

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Southampton remain in 16th, while Leicester climb to eighth. 
Leicester rally in the second half to grab a 2-2 draw. Southampton started well: within five minutes they were in front when Bednarek turned in the opener from close range. Despite Evans equalising with a similar goal for the visitors, Hasenhuttl's side restored their lead when Adams headed in following Redmond's cross. The hosts had overwhelmed Leicester with their high press in the first half, but the visitors were much improved after the break. They quickly equalised with a brilliant Maddison goal and had glorious chances to win it with Barnes and Vardy. Still, Southampton managed to cling on and secure a 2-2 draw.
90' + 5' FULL TIME: Southampton 2-2 Leicester City
90' + 4' SAVE! Daka leads a counter for the visitors and gets to the byline before cutting it back. It rolls out to Perez who places a low shot towards the bottom corner, but McCarthy gets down to push it away!  
K. Dewsbury-Hall
Yellow Card
Leicester City
90' + 3' Dewsbury-Hall is booked for a cynical trip.
90' + 3' Southampton have found a sudden burst of energy. Both Broja and Adams have shots charged down as the hosts pour forward. 
90' + 1' Five minutes of stoppage time are added on.
90' Chance! Ndidi pulls over Broja, presenting Southampton with a dangerous free-kick near the touchline. Ward-Prowse whips it into the six-yard box and Salisu rises highest, but he can only glance his header well wide!
88' Southampton seem tired now. They're sitting deep and trying to fend Leicester off as the visitors push for a winner.
87' Ndidi lets fly from distance and his shot trickles well wide. Rodgers is furious with that decision as there were better options available to the midfielder. 
Lyanco
J. Bednarek
Southampton
85' Bednarek can't continue and he walks off to be replaced by Lyanco.
84' Bednarek is now down injured and it looks as though he might need to be replaced. It seems to be a calf issue.
W. Ndidi
Yellow Card
Leicester City
82' Ndidi lunges into a nasty challenge on Walker-Peters and earns himself a yellow card. 
82' Leicester work another neat move that ends with Daka getting in behind the defence. However, the flag is quickly up for offside.
80' This game is finely poised as we enter the final 10 minutes. Both teams are going for all three points and it's resulted in an end-to-end game with plenty of chances for either side. 
78' Big miss! Ndidi's throughball deflects off Salisu and Vardy finds himself one-on-one. However, the striker blazes his chance way over the bar from six yards! Those chances are usually simple for Vardy and it was a surprising miss — especially in that fashion.
76' Close! Elyounoussi drives dangerously towards the edge of the box, before drilling a 20-yard strike narrowly wide of the near post.
P. Daka
H. Barnes
Leicester City
75' Daka replaces Barnes in attack as Leicester continue to push for a winner.
M. Elyounoussi
A. Armstrong
Southampton
73' Armstrong makes way for Elyounoussi up top.
73' Super save! McCarthy keeps Southampton level. Perez releases Barnes, who gallops past Salisu to find himself clean through on goal! The attacker drives a fierce effort across goal from 12 yards, but McCarthy acrobatically turns it behind with a brilliant reflex save!  
71' Broja executes a wonderful spin to go past Dewsbury-Hall. He feeds Armstrong out wide, who teases an inviting cross to the back post, but Castagne is there to nod it clear. 
69' Maddison slams a wild shot over from 25 yards.
67' Vardy's had a quiet day for the visitors so far. He's managed two shots, alongside just 16 touches. Still, he's the sort of player who can burst into life at any moment, and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that's the case today. 
A. Broja
N. Tella
Southampton
65' Tella makes way for Broja as Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to regain control of this game.
63' Barnes clips in a dangerous cross, but Vardy can't quite reach it. Leicester are steadily building the pressure on Southampton right now.
Ayoze Pérez
A. Lookman
Leicester City
61' Lookman is replaced by Perez in attack.
61' Leicester have looked much sharper in attack since the break. They've already produced three shots since half-time: the same as they managed in the whole of the first half. 
59' Maddison is back out on the pitch again and it looks as though he'll attempt to run off the injury.
58' Armstrong scurries towards the edge of the box, before scuffing a tame effort straight at Schmeichel.
57' Maddison is down with an awkward-looking injury. The visitors will be desperately hoping that he can continue.
A. Lookman
Yellow Card
Leicester City
55' Lookman is shown a yellow card after tripping Livramento.
53' Well, Leicester look completely different so far in this half. They're escaping Southampton's high press more easily and it's resulted in a number of rapid counter-attacks.
51' Chance! Leicester look confident suddenly. Maddison whips a dangerous free-kick towards the near post and Vardy arrives to flick it narrowly over.
L. Thomas
Assist
Leicester City
49' It was a clever pass from Thomas to release Maddison inside the box, but surely even he didn't expect what was to follow!
J. Maddison
Goal
Leicester City
49' MADDISON! 2-2. It's a brilliant goal from the Leicester attacker. Thomas slips a neat pass into Maddison, and he chops past Livramento, before lashing a fierce shot in at the near post from eight yards!
Oriol Romeu
Yellow Card
Southampton
48' Romeu receives a yellow card following a cynical foul on Lookman.
48' Chance! Romeu snatches possession high up the pitch and chips a cross towards the back post, where Tella gets his header all wrong from close range.
46' After a delay over half-time, Southampton kick off the second half.
K. Dewsbury-Hall
B. Soumaré
Leicester City
46' Soumare is replaced by Dewsbury-Hall at half-time.
There will be a delay to kick-off for the second half due to a medical emergency in the stands.
Leicester have struggled to get shots off today and you wonder how it'll be before Iheanacho or Daka are introduced.
Southampton lead 2-1 following an impressive performance in the first half. The hosts have pressed Leicester relentlessly so far and it's disrupted the visitors' flow in possession. This intensity from Southampton quickly resulted in a goal when Bednarek followed up following Salisu's strike, to tap it into an empty net. However, Rodgers' side struck back with a similar goal when Evans knocked in from close range. But the hosts' dominance told when Adams met Redmond's cross to restore the lead before the break.   
45' + 1' HALF TIME: Southampton 2-1 Leicester City
45' One minute of stoppage time is added on.
44' Walker-Peters dribbles ominously into the box, before placing a shot that Evans blocks away.
42' Lookman lays it off for Ndidi on the edge of the box, but Ward-Prowse anticipates the danger and nips in to clear it.
40' Maddison wastefully sends a pass out of play as Leicester continue to struggle.
38' Southampton are continuing to press Leicester high up the pitch and it's completely disrupting the rhythm of the visitors.
36' Southampton had been building pressure for the last 10 minutes and Adams punishes Leicester. It's been an impressive half from the hosts.
N. Redmond
Assist
Southampton
34' It was a brilliant cross from Redmond. It flashed dangerously into the six-yard box and was quick enough that Schmeichel didn't feel comfortable claiming it. This provided the space for Adams to get there first and divert it in!
C. Adams
Goal
Southampton
34' ADAMS! 2-1. Southampton regain the lead. Leicester struggle to clear their lines following Ward-Prowse's corner, and eventually, Redmond gathers it out wide. The attacker whips in an inviting cross and Adams arrives to glance it in from close range!
33' Adams gets in behind at an angle, before drilling a low shot that Schmeichel gathers. 
32' Ndidi catches Tella with a stray arm, and the midfielder requires treatment. However, it looks like he should be okay to continue.
30' Salisu glides out of defence and rides a number of challenges, before laying it off to Tella who gives it away immediately. 
28' Tella whips in a dangerous cross but there's no one on hand to attack it. 
26' Well, Leicester's games certainly aren't shy of goals. The visitors have been leaky at the back this season, while retaining their potency in front of goal, and today has been a similar story. 
24' Southampton almost react instantly! Walker-Peters cuts inside from the left, before curling a 20-yard strike narrowly wide of the far post!
J. Evans
Goal
Leicester City
22' And Evans equalises! 1-1. Maddison wriggles to the byline, before seeing his cross nudged away by Salisu. It falls to Ndidi who drills a fierce volley from 12 yards that McCarthy pushes away. However, Evans reacts first to knock the rebound into the empty net from five yards!
21' Leicester cut through Southampton for the first time! Soumare releases Lookman in behind the defence, and the attacker has the opportunity to pick out Vardy for a tap-in, but Bednarek anticipates the danger and cuts out the pass!
19' Salisu launches a succession of long throw-ins towards the six-yard box. Leicester manage to see off the danger eventually following a Soyuncu clearance. 
17' Maddison whips in a dangerous free-kick and Ndidi plants a volley wide from five yards. However, it wouldn't have counted — the flag was raised for offside. It was a bad miss from Ndidi, but perhaps he knew he was offside.
15' Leicester make a rare foray forward as Barnes jinks inside Livramento, before standing up a cross that McCarthy claims under pressure at the back post.
13' Redmond gets to the byline but his cross deflects off Castagne and sails neatly into the arms of Schmeichel.
11' Southampton are hassling Leicester high up the pitch right now and it's causing the visitors plenty of issues.
9' Leicester attempt to settle into the game after an anxious start. They knock it around the back carefully to bring the tempo down.
7' Conceding is a familiar feeling for Leicester right now, but they'll be confident about responding. They've both scored and conceded in each of their last 13 Premier League away games  – in Premier League history, only Blackburn have had a longer run of both scoring and conceding in consecutive away games.
5' Well, that's an ideal start for Southampton. They pushed Leicester back early on and they've immediately been rewarded!
J. Bednarek
Goal
Southampton
3' BEDNAREK! 1-0. Southampton take an early lead. The hosts work a clever short corner into the box, allowing Salisu to fire a low shot from eight yards. Schmeichel reacts well to push it away, but it falls to Bednarek who pokes it into an empty net from close range!  
2' Chance! Soumare trips Walker-Peters near the touchline, presenting Southampton with a promising free-kick. They work it short to Romeu who picks out Livramento with a deep cross. The wingback nods it back across goal towards Adams who can only steer his header straight at Schmeichel from close range!
1' Leicester get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Southampton have bad memories of this fixture and will be wary of their opponents today. After winning just three of their first 38 away league games against Southampton, Leicester have now won on three of their last four visits to St Mary’s while netting 16 goals in the process.
Leicester, meanwhile, are unchanged from the side that defeated Watford.
Southampton make three changes to the side that lost to Liverpool last time out. They switch from a 3-4-3 to a 4-4-2, with Lyanco, Perraud and Broja dropping out for Walker-Peters, Tella and Redmond.
SUBS: Daniel Amartey, Jannik Vestergaard, Hamza Choudhury, Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Marc Albrighton, Danny Ward.
LEICESTER (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Timothy Castagne, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Luke Thomas; Boubakary Soumare, Wilfred Ndidi; Ademola Lookman, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
SUBS: Romain Perraud, William Smallbone, Shane Long, Moussa Djenepo, Yan Valery, Armando Broja, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Lyanco, Fraser Forster.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Valentino Livramento, Jan Bednarek, Mohammed Salisu, Kyle Walker-Peters; Nathan Tella, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Nathan Redmond; Adam Armstrong, Che Adams.
Leicester, meanwhile, have been inconsistent of late. They find themselves in 10th after their last four games where they’ve won one, lost two and drawn one. The visitors will be hoping to gain some momentum with another three points today following their win over Watford last time out.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Southampton and Leicester City. The hosts enter this one under pressure: they’ve lost two games on the bounce, which has seen them fall to 16th. They’ll be desperate to avoid defeat today and arrest this slide.