PREM: Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth


Jamie Vardy's equaliser earned Leicester City a point against Bournemouth

Jamie Vardy cancelled out Junior Stanislas' early opener to ensure Leicester finished their Premier League season with a 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth.


The draw leaves Leicester 12th - the lowest ever finish for a reigning Premier League champion - while Bournemouth end the season ninth after going unbeaten in their last five games. Stanislas got Bournemouth off to the perfect start, tapping home on the rebound after less than a minute played.

Vardy levelled six minutes after the break, while the striker was then denied a second by the offside flag midway through the half as Leicester finished the game on top.

A summer of speculation awaits Vardy and a handful of Leicester's key players after a tumultuous season, though the Foxes did finish strongly under Craig Shakespeare after seeing their title defence falter - with a journey to the Champions League quarter-finals set to live long in the memory.

Bournemouth caught Leicester napping at the back after less than a minute played, as Lys Mousset saw his effort parried before it fell kindly for Stanislas to stroke home the rebound.

The visitors continued to impress after Stanislas' third goal in three games, with Kasper Schmeichel doing well to tip over Dan Gosling's powerful effort from 20 yards out.

Leicester's first shot on target came in the 37th minute, but Riyad Mahrez's low strike was comfortably saved by Ryan Allsop after the Algerian cut onto his left foot at the back post.

The hosts twice came within inches of levelling before half-time, but Yohan Benalouane saw his effort deflect wide before Islam Slimani headed narrowly beyond the far post from the resulting corner.

It took Leicester just six minutes to level after half-time, with Slimani heading Marc Albrighton's ball back across goal for Vardy to have the easiest of tap-ins.

Ten minutes later, Vardy had the ball in the back of the net after latching onto Slimani's deflected strike, but the offside flag went up in a call that could have gone either way.

Leicester continued to dominate with Vardy forcing a save Allsop into a couple of saves before Slimani somehow headed wide after finding himself in acres of space at the back post.

Bournemouth ultimately held on for the point and must be commended for a ninth-placed finish in what is only their second season in the Premier League.

The Cherries' total of 46 points is four greater than their first season - where they ended 16th - and Eddie Howe will hope to push on in their third campaign in the top tier.

Meanwhile, Leicester finish the season having taken eight wins from Shakespeare's 16 games in charge - including seven wins from 12 in the Premier League. It was a disappointing defence of their league title, but the Foxes will be delighted with 12th having found themselves in the relegation mix before Claudio Ranieri's sacking.


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