Leeds United 1 Leicester City 1

Last updated : 12 June 2023 By .

Substitute Jamie Vardy scored a late equaliser to salvage a Premier League point for Leicester City at Leeds United, keeping both sides firmly in trouble.

Vardy slotted home a cool finish in the 80th minute from James Maddison's pass and the former England striker then thought he had won it when converting from close range, but it was ruled out for offside.

Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra opened the scoring in the first half with a header at the back post from Jack Harrison's pin-point cross, but the hosts could not hold on.

The draw leaves Leicester firmly in trouble, only out of the bottom three on goal difference, and they will drop into the relegation places if Everton avoid defeat against Newcastle on Thursday, while Leeds are a further point ahead.

The Foxes thought they had taken the lead inside the opening 10 minutes but Youri Tielemans' thunderous finish was ruled out by VAR as Boubacary Soumare was ruled to be offside in the build-up.

Dean Smith's side were chasing the game in the second half but were frustrated by Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who twice denied Kelechi Iheanacho, before Vardy popped with the leveller.

Leeds should have won it in the final minute but striker Patrick Bamford somehow scuffed wide from close range from a couple of yards out.

This was a contest between two out-of-form teams who are scrapping to preserve their top-flight status and both sides left Elland Road having to be content with a point.

Roared on by raucous home crowd, Leeds outmuscled their opponents for much of the game by snapping into tackles and their aggression was evident with four players picking up bookings.

Sinisterra put them in front with a well-taken header but they failed to push forward in the second period and were punished by Vardy.

The result ended a sequence of three consecutive defeats for Leeds, but Javi Gracia's men missed out on going four points clear of the drop zone.

Leeds went in search of the winner in injury time and came agonisingly close but Marc Roca's flicked header was superbly kept out by an acrobatic save from Daniel Iversen, before Bamford's glaring miss.