Leicester’s Champions League side suffered a minor setback after being forced to win a 1-1 draw in the Premier League with 10-man Southampton.
Johnny Evans’ header in the 68th minute awarded the third-place winner a point on the South Coast after James Ward Prause’s goal from the home penalty kick.
The Saints played 80 minutes after Yannick Westergaard was sent off for knocking Jimmy Vardy to the edge of an 18-yard box for the hosts.
Visitors to Brendan Rodgers were unable to take full advantage of the early dismissals and the result puts them an eight-point lead over West Ham V in European football, while the homeowners extended their lead over the relegation zone to 10 points. points.
Leicester, who beat their hosts 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals less than two weeks ago, returned to Sainte Marie for the first time since the riots broke out in a record-breaking 9-0 win in October 2019.
Southampton is seeking a small amount of revenge for those recent painful losses, but he is left with injured striker Danny Ings, who may miss the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury he suffered in his loss last week to Tottenham.
Friday night’s match was the first in the Premier League since the sporting world began a four-day boycott of social media in protest of the ongoing violations.
There was so much worth sharing online in the action-packed first 10 minutes that a Southampton goal scrapped, squandered a golden opportunity, and was reduced to 10 men.
Saint Kyle Walker Peters right back was hit by an offside blocking after confidently finishing Casper Schmeichel’s path in just the second minute, before Nathan Tella attacked Leicester goalkeeper after being picked by Che Adams.
Southampton boss Ralph Hessenhotel was visibly frustrated by Tilla’s extravagance and soon had another cause for anger as momentum swung in the visitors’ path.
Vestergard’s Slack defense allowed Vardy to have a clear view of the goal, and in his desperation to regain control of the edge of his penalty area, the Southampton defender burst into the ball before his opponent caught his next button.
The English Premier League later confirmed that the red card was because he was denied an opportunity to score goals and not play dangerous, and after Fardi received a prolonged treatment on the field, James Madison hit the free kick resulting from the goal by a narrow margin.
Southampton had Ryan Bertrand sent off in the 12th minute of his embarrassing surrender in last season’s game and he was facing another daunting task.
They showed some determination as Nathan Redmond hit Schmeichel minutes later, while Yuri Tillmans later tested Sants goalkeeper Alex McCarthy with the best opening for City in the first half without goals.
Foxes coach Rodgers was initially stuck with the team that beat Crystal Palace on Monday, but with his team struggling to get the most out of his player’s advantage, striker Iuzzi Perez placed defender Wesley Fofana early in the second half.
The additional firepower did not initially produce a greater attack threat and visitors retreated after an hour.
Ward-Prause confidently sent the ball into the lower left corner of the penalty spot after a clever free kick knocked out Kelichi Ihinachu to block Stuart Armstrong’s powerful attempt with his outstretched arm.
Retreated behind Leicester’s kick in life and quickly regained the equalizer.
Iheanacho made up for his previous mistake with an attractive cross pass from the left flank, allowing defender Evans to nod his second goal in three matches outside McCarthy.
Southampton, who scored fewer points than any other Premier League side during a tough 2021 season, has come under constant pressure over the last 22 minutes but has prevented a 13-game defeat in 16 games through a combination of heroic defense and a slice of luck.
McCarthy nicely dismissed Vardy from close range and was relieved later to see the ball narrowly flashed after he slipped a cross during the Iheanacho challenge.