Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moscow: Player rating


Leicester City had to mourn a missed penalty from Jamie Vardy on Thursday night, when they fell to a disappointing home game against Sparktak Moscow in the Europa League.

Spartak had actually taken the lead in the match via Victor Moses (yes, that Victor Moses), before Daniel Amartey took his side level. With a quarter left, the home team got the chance to win the match when Moses (yes, still that Moses) fouled Ademola Lookman in the penalty area – but Vardy could not convert the resulting point kick.

The Foxes really hit the ground running on Thursday night, with Patson Daka and Ayoze Perez both seeing decent chances fall their way in the first ten minutes.

The home team then had incredible luck not to take the lead through Boubakary Soumare, whose thunderous blows outside the penalty area cannoned standing. The crossbar has probably still not stopped shaking.

After the quick start, however, Leicester struggled to a large extent to find a robust Spartak Moscow defense during the rest of the first half.

Then at the beginning of the second half the disaster struck – or Victor Moses to be exact. The former Chelsea man nodded brilliantly home a Mikhail Ignatov post from the right wing to give Spartak a shock lead at King Power Stadium.

Five minutes later, Leicester got a draw through Daniel Amartey. The midfielder snapped at a corner from Youri Tielemans to nod home on the back post.

It was the whole of Leicester then, and shockingly they did not take the lead after Ademola Lookman was fouled in the penalty area by Moses. Substitute Jamie Vardy, who is usually automatic from the spot, saw a surprisingly tame effort saved by Aleksandr Selikhov in the 75th minute.

The home team came even closer to the winner five minutes later, when Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall saw his nod, intended to hit the back of the net, blocked by his own teammate Kelechi Iheanacho. The striker, after blocking the nod, then continued to hit the post from his resulting effort on goal. All in, quite 20 seconds for the Nigerian it.

Daniel Amartey scored / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 5/10 – Could not do anything about Moses’ goal.

Daniel Amartey (CB) – 7/10 – Best of the back three and showed up with an important equalizer.

Jonny Evans (CB) – 5/10 – In no man’s land for the opening goal.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – 5/10 – Caught with balls over the top early in the match. Half decent forward, but he is a midfielder so who cares.

Tielemans was in the war / Laurence Griffiths / GettyImages

Timothy Castagne (RWB) – 6/10 – A real threat along the right edge all evening.

Youri Tielemans (CM) – 5/10 – Had all the time in the world on the ball, but rarely did anything with it in the first half. His corner, however, turned out to be the catalyst for the equalizer.

Boubakary Soumare (CM) – 7/10 – Cannonballed the ball from the crossbar in the first half, and was probably Leicester’s best player of the night.

Ryan Bertrand (LWB) – 3/10 – Did not come up with any real purpose.

Iheanacho was not at the competitions / James Williamson – AMA / GettyImages

Patson Daka (RW) – 4/10 – Worked hard, but did not really cause Spartak’s defense too many problems.

Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 3/10 – Hit the post late and even blocked a certain goal from one of his teammates. Not ideal.

Ayoze Perez (LW) – 2/10 – Apparently he was on the field in the first half. Can neither confirm nor deny that he was. Finally showed up and did something on the hour line, snapped on Tieleman’s corner to put in the equalizer.

Ademola Lookman – 6/10 – Come on and win a penalty.

Jamie Vardy – 3/10 – Came on and missed a penalty.

Wilfred Ndidi – 5/10 – Added some energy in midfield.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall – 5/10 – Almost scored with his first touch of the ball.

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