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Leicester 2-2 Burnley: Vardy scores twice after heading into his own net to save Foxes

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Leicester 2-2 Burnley: Jamie Vardy scores a double after putting a header into his own net as hosts come from behind twice to deny Clarets their first Premier League win of the season

  • Jamie Vardy scored twice after scoring an own goal on Saturday to deny Burnley
  • Attacker threw a header into his own net, but reconciled his mistake with the equalizer
  • Maxwel Cornet put the visitors ahead with a beautiful volley in the 40th minute
  • Vardy then rounded up Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope with five minutes to go











James Vardy saved Leicester from a third consecutive league defeat with a classy double that gave them a run against Burnley that barely deserved their chaotic display.

Vardy’s early own goal had put the visitors ahead and after the Leicester talisman equalized, Burnley quickly regained the lead thanks to Maxwel Cornet’s brilliant attack on his full-length league debut.

But as the home fans grew increasingly annoyed – loud booing as boss Brendan Rodgers took out Ademola Lookman – Vardy saved them five minutes from full-time with his second goal.

Jamie Vardy scored twice – as well as an own goal – while Leicester denied Burnley

The Leicester striker rounded Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope to secure a point

The Leicester striker rounded Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope to secure a point

MATCH FACTS

LEICESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel 6; Pereira 5.5 (Castagne 46, 6), Soyuncu 5, Vestergaard 4.5, Bertrand 5; Ndidi 5.5; Lookman 7.5 (Maddison 78), Tielemans 6.5, Soumare 6.5 (Iheanacho 63, 6), H Barnes 6.5; Vardy 8.

Booked: Vestergaard, Barnes

Subs (not used): Ward, Evans, Albrighton, Perez, Dewsbury-Hall, Daka.

BURNLEY (4-4-2): pope 6.5; Lowton 7, Tarkowski 8.5, Mee 8, Taylor 6.5; McNeil 7 (Lennon 87), Brownhill 7, Westwood 7, Cornet 7.5 (Gudmundsson 45+2, 6); Vydra 8 (A Barnes 75), Wood 6.5.

Booked: Cornet, Westwood, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski

Subs (not used): Hennessey, Cork, Collins, Pieters, Bardsley, Thomas.

Referee: C Kavanagh (Lancashire) 6

Then Burnley thought they had won when Chris Wood headed home in the last minute of stoppage time, but VAR ruled the goal offside.

Vardy’s family was taunted by Burnley fans early on and he made sure to get his own back with provocative celebrations after his goals. But despite Vardy’s delight, this performance raised more questions than answers, especially in defence, where Leicester were beaten by Matej Vydra and Cornet, until the latter was injured just before half-time.

The result leaves Burnley still looking for their first win of the campaign, but boss Sean Dyche will take heart from this show, with James Tarkowski and Ben Mee magnificently trailing and Matt Lowton making two goal-saving blocks.

Summer signing Maxwel Cornet scored his first goal for the club at King Power Stadium

Summer signing Maxwel Cornet scored his first goal for the club at King Power Stadium

Maxwel Cornet gave the visitors the lead on Saturday with a beautiful volley in the 40th minute

Maxwel Cornet gave the visitors the lead on Saturday with a beautiful volley in the 40th minute

Rodgers gave a first Premier League start to the summer that Lookman took on, leaving James Maddison on the bench, and he was lively early on. The winger put in a fine run on the right and pulled the ball into the danger zone, where Lowton did a great job blocking Harvey Barnes’ shot for goal. Moments later, Youri Tielemans shot over from 20 yards.

Still, Leicester has kept a clean sheet only once in their last 12 league games and their defensive fragility was once again exposed here. In the 11th minute, Cornet and Ashley Westwood opened them up with a one-two that resulted in a corner. Vardy tried to divert Westwood’s delivery from the nearest post, but could only throw it past a helpless Kasper Schmeichel.

Vardy looked certain to equalize 15 minutes later, only for Lowton to excel again with a remarkable challenge that stopped Leicester’s number 9 spinning in a cross from Ricardo Pereira from the six-yard box.

Burnley winger Cornet was forced out due to a leg injury just minutes after his goal

Burnley winger Cornet was forced out due to a leg injury just minutes after his goal

Although Leicester looked anxious and lacked rhythm, they will always have a chance with Vardy on the team. Referee Chris Kavanagh had an advantage after Lowton flattened Barnes and Tielemans’ pass found Vardy’s slant, allowing the attacker to shoot low over Nick Pope and into the corner.

Burnley supporters had taken hostage earlier at halftime and Vardy and his family after scoring, Vardy rushed over to them, gesturing and yelling angrily. The goal should have relaxed Leicester, but five minutes before half-time they were again behind.

Vydra had harassed Jannik Vestergaard throughout the half and outmaneuvered him again before lifting the ball to the far post, where Cornet showed excellent technique for volleying past Schmeichel. Moments later, the Ivory Coast international should have made it 3-1 to check his volley this time. Alarmingly for Leicester, their right-back Pereira was nowhere to be seen as Caglar Soyuncu played on-side against Cornet.

Unfortunately for Burnley, that was Cornet’s last contribution as he was injured and replaced by Johann Gudmundsson, while Timothy Castagne was sent on for Pereira for the second half. When the halftime whistle had blown, the home fans thrashed loudly, frustrated not only with Kavanagh’s performance, but with that of their team.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy threw a header into his own net in the 12th minute

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy threw a header into his own net in the 12th minute

Both sides could have scored at the start of the second half. More bad play at the back of Leicester let Chris Wood in, who poked wide. On the other side of the line, Lookman and Soumare together sent Vardy in for a slant that went just wide.

Rodgers took on Soumare and switched to 4-2-3-1, with Kelechi Iheanacho taking over and just behind Vardy. His fellow sub Castagne wanted a penalty after falling under Dwight McNeil’s challenge, but Kavanagh disagreed.

To the surprise of the home crowd, Rodgers traded in Lookman — a decision greeted by booing — and sent Maddison off. But the move paid off, as Vardy collected the sting ball from Iheanacho before rounding and leveling Pope. More terrible defense in stoppage time had Wood nod past Schmeichel, but the celebration was cut short by VAR.

Vardy cashed in for the own goal by scoring the equalizer in the 37th minute

Vardy cashed in for the own goal by scoring the equalizer in the 37th minute

Vardy paid for his mistake when he rushed to Youri Tielemans' pass and found the bottom corner

Vardy paid for his mistake when he rushed to Youri Tielemans’ pass and found the bottom corner

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