Leeds United and Leicester City shared the spoils in their match-up at Elland Road, with both goals coming within a minute of each other in the first half.
It was a hectic start to the game as Leicester showed the first threatening signs, with Lookman, Vardy, and Barnes showing their ability to press high up the pitch early on. Leeds responded with a couple of chances of their own, with Harrison latching onto Dallas’ cross-field ball, cutting inside and whipping a shot across Schmeichel who parried it away on five minutes.
The Whites took control of the game from there, showing signs of improvement going forward, and their dominance was rewarded on 27 minutes when Raphinha won a free-kick on the right side of the box. He whipped a low ball through the crowd, finding its way into the far corner to give Leeds the lead.
Unstoppable! pic.twitter.com/DlUhNhFgKr— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 7, 2021
10 seconds later, the scoreline somehow reads ‘1-1’. Leicester launch the ball forward from kick-off, Dallas missed the interception as the ball found its way to Barnes. He drifted inside, opened up his body and curled a gorgeous strike across goal, and you just about couldn't get more top corner than he did.
It was a shaky start to the second half as Cooper zipped a back pass to Meslier who didn’t manage to control it, as the ball went sliding just past the post for a Leicester corner. The ball was cleared from the resulting set-piece, opening up room for Tielemans to fire the ball across goal, going just wide of the far post.
Bielsa on Forshaw: "I seriously had doubts that he could achieve what he has achieved. This is a message for those who doubted. It's a prize for his perseverance. He spent two years without playing. He never gave up." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 7, 2021
Leeds should’ve been 2-1 up a few minutes later as Raphinha’s corner was flicked on by Phillips by the near post, meeting Harrison at the back stick with no marker and the goal at his mercy. Perhaps it came to him too quickly, because he ended up kneeing the ball over the bar from two yards. Rodrigo had a decent chance in a similar position too, firing a volley from a tighter angle into the side netting after Dallas’ great cross.
Leicester had the ball in the net on 68 minutes as Vardy rose highest to flick the ball on from a corner-kick, much like Leeds’ chance ten minutes earlier. This time, Lookman was able to turn the ball in from close range but was found to be fractionally offside by VAR.
Both teams kept pushing but didn’t quite manage to get in a clear-cut goalscoring position to kill the game and snatch all three points. Overall, this was a much-improved performance from Leeds, who looked much more like themselves going forward. It was also incredibly typical of them to concede within 10 minutes of taking the lead, and that needs to be a lesson learned for the team.
Leeds 1-1 Leicester FT:— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) November 7, 2021
Big Chances: 3-1
Chances Created: 10-4
Succ. Passes: 324-250
Final Third Passes: 101-49
Pass Acc: 76%-71%
Succ. Take-Ons: 11-5
Succ. Crosses: 4-1
Tackles Won: 13-31 pic.twitter.com/dLvY3Cfw0S
We now go into the international break, before going up against Antonio Conte’s new Spurs side.