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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Laurent Depoitre (46')
  • Jamie Vardy (50' PEN)

Leicester save Huddersfield draw thanks to Jamie Vardy penalty

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Huddersfield 1-1 Leicester City: Terriers denied win (1:54)

Jamie Vardy's penalty rescues a point for Leicester, who were lucky to see a Huddersfield winner ruled out. (1:54)

Laurent Depoitre scored on his full Premier League debut as Huddersfield and Leicester fought out a 1-1 draw at the John Smith's Stadium.

Depoitre, a £3.5 million summer signing from Porto, broke the deadlock 40 seconds into the second half before Jamie Vardy fired the Foxes level four minutes later from the penalty spot.

Huddersfield will feel mightily aggrieved Elias Kachunga's second-half header was ruled out for offside, or else they might have bounced back from their first defeat of the season at West Ham last Monday with all three points.

But Leicester were not without chances themselves. Vardy contrived to let Riyad Mahrez's second-half cross to the far post slide by him and both sides deserved their point, particularly after it came alive in the second half.

Depoitre, handed his first league start in place of the injured Steve Mounie, headed Tom Ince's cross straight at Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as Huddersfield started full of purpose.

Midfielder Danny Williams curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area over the crossbar soon after and the home side continued to make all the early running.

Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho was afforded the visitors' only chance in the opening half an hour, but his shot was blocked by Huddersfield midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri, making his first start for the club.

Iheanacho, also making his full debut for the Foxes after his £25million move from Manchester City in August, chose to switch the ball on to his right foot instead of shooting first time and a gilt-edged chance was gone.

Vardy was given his first sight of goal just before the break when hooking a Wes Morgan flick-on off target as the first half ended goalless.

The game sparked into life after the restart. Kachunga picked out Depoitre in the 46th minute and the big Belgian shrugged off Harry Maguire to fire a low shot from the right edge of the area into the bottom corner.

But Town's lead was short-lived. Left-back Chris Lowe was adjudged to have brought down Andy King and Vardy slammed his spot-kick straight down the middle to make it 1-1 in the 50th minute.

Town fans thought their side had regained the lead in the 61st minute, but Kachunga was deemed offside when he headed home Mathias Jorgensen's cross.

Television replays confirmed Kachunga was onside, while Leicester went close to taking the lead when Mahrez's cross somehow evaded Vardy at the far post.

Ince curled a shot narrowly wide in the 77th minute after being teed up by Aaron Mooy, whose tireless promptings were once again at the heart of all Town's positive play.

Leicester felt they might have been awarded a penalty in the last minute when substitute Demarai Gray went down in the area under Jorgensen's challenge, but referee Jon Moss was unmoved.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 34 +73 90
2 Manchester United 34 +39 74
3 Liverpool 35 +43 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +35 68
5 Chelsea 34 +25 63
6 Arsenal 34 +20 57
7 Burnley 35 +3 53
8 Everton 35 -14 45
9 Leicester City 34 +2 44
10 Newcastle United 34 -8 41
11 AFC Bournemouth 35 -17 38
12 Watford 35 -18 38
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -15 36
14 Crystal Palace 35 -18 35
15 West Ham United 34 -21 35
16 Huddersfield Town 34 -27 35
17 Swansea City 34 -24 33
18 Southampton 34 -20 29
19 Stoke City 35 -33 29
20 West Bromwich Albion 35 -25 25

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