Brentford 1-2 Leicester: James Maddison silences critics as Foxes playmaker scores his first goal since February to seal victory and lead Brendan Rodgers’ team into the upper half
- Leicester returned to London for the first time since a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace
- Youri Tielemans got them off to a better start this time with an impressive goal
- Brentford came back and managed to head in the draw of Mathias Jorgensen
- Leicester refused to give up and James Maddison put them back ahead 2-1
James maddison he last laughed after the Brentford crowd attacked him, as his first goal since February turned it into three wins in eight days for Leicester.
The midfielder was teased with chants of ‘You will never play for England’, something that is not strictly true, as Maddison won a lone cap two years ago, and celebrated it provocatively when he scored his team’s second goal in the minute 74.
Youri Tielemans had given Leicester the lead with a brilliant volley in the 14th minute, but with Foxes top scorer Jamie Vardy taking off at the break, Brentford tied the hour when Matthias Jorgensen headed home.
They looked like the most likely winners until Maddison finished off a merciless break from Leicester and the visitors’ defense, superbly organized by Jonny Evans, watched them pass. Vardy emerged full time with a strap on his right knee.
James Maddison was the winner of the match when Leicester defeated Brentford on Sunday afternoon.
The English midfielder was chosen by Patson Daka to score his first goal since February
Previously, Youri Tielemans (right) scored a sensational goal to put Leicester on an early lead
The Belgian midfielder has a habit of scoring spectacular goals and chose his position from long distance
Leicester travel support was in awe of the Tielemans strike and left happy in the end
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
Brentford (3-5-2): Stripe 6.5; Jorgensen 6.5, Jansson 6, Pinnock 6.5 (Ajer 46, 6); Canos 6.5, Onyeka 6.5 (Ghoddos 77), Norgaard 7, Jensen 7.5, Henry 7; Mbeumo 5.5 (Forss 57, 6), Toney 7.
Unused subs: Fernández, Goode, Bidstrup, Roerslev, Maghoma, Stevens.
Scorers: Jorgensen 60
Manager: Thomas Frank 6.5
Leicester (3-4-1-2): Schmeichel 7; Amartey 6, Evans 8, Soyuncu 5 (Vestergaard 68, 6); Pereira 6.5, Tielemans 7, Soumare 6, Castagne 6; Maddison 6.5 (Pérez 79); Iheanacho 6.5, Vardy 6 (Daka 46, 6).
Unused subs: Ward, Bertrand, Barnes, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Lookman.
Scorers: Tielemans 14, Maddison 74
Manager: Brendan Rodgers 6.5
Leicester was reeling as they headed to the international break, but now they have added this victory to victories over Manchester United and Spartak Moscow. For Brentford, it was the second straight loss at home by a narrow margin after Chelsea won 1-0 here last Saturday.
Despite his historic four-goal record in Leicester’s 4-3 win at Spartak Moscow last Thursday, Patson Daka returned to the bench when Brendan Rodgers named the same XI that started the 4-2 win over Manchester. United. Brentford boss Thomas Frank also kept one side unchanged and the Bees started at a breakneck pace.
Ethan Pinnock launched a long shot from Jorgensen and Kasper Schmeichel did very well to ward off Christian Norgaard’s hooked effort. Moments later, Leicester was unable to tackle a corner and Pontus Jansson headed from close up and was hit in the face by Schmeichel, who he was trying to clear.
Ivan Toney put the ball into the net in the seventh minute from a Rico Henry cross, though Bryan Mbeumo was ruled offside in the center the moment the ball was crossed. Toney was causing trouble for Daniel Amartey with his move and guided Sergi Canos’s fly ball into the path of Bryan Mbeumo, who fired wide.
Leicester were struggling to put Brentford to the test at this stage, but when their opportunity came at moment 14, they seized it.
Maddison’s free kick from the right was greeted by a poor header from Rico Henry and Tielemans slid onto the bouncing ball and hit it for the first time from 25 yards past David Raya, a fabulous combination of power and technique. .
The Belgian midfielder was full of confidence and, after breaking up a Brentford attack moments later, found Maddison with a clever reverse pass. Maddison advanced towards the goal only to make a loop from outside the area.
Although Leicester found it difficult to play through the high pressure from Brentford and conceded cheap pieces near his goal, Brentford only had one more clear chance before the break.
Toney started a play that ended with him walking away from Amartey and finding a Frank Onyeka cross with a header that Schmeichel did well to dump.
Daka’s opportunity to repeat his Russian heroics came sooner than he expected, as he replaced Vardy shortly after halftime. Within seconds, Raya saved Maddison’s effort from a distance, but Daka couldn’t control the rebound.
In the 48th minute, Tielemans presented the ball directly to Mbeumo only for Toney to head his cross straight to Schmeichel.
At the other end, Raya pushed Boubakary Soumare’s drive before Brentford got the tie his high-paced football deserved.
The impressive Mathias Jensen sent over the corner and Jorgensen slammed it in front of Daka and Jonny Evans at the first post to watch the ball past Schmeichel.
Brentford’s confidence grew as Leicester was forced to make mistakes at the rear. Rodgers brought out the increasingly frantic Caglar Soyuncu and both Soumare and Maddison rushed to give the ball away. Maddison’s error led to a corner that the unmarked Pontus Jansson headed wide.
In the 74th minute, Brentford called for that mistake as Leicester swept the field to regain the lead. Kelechi Iheanacho dismissed Schmeichel’s hand over to Tielemans, whose sublime pass undid Brentford’s high line and sent Daka on the run. With Maddison to his left, Daka selflessly played the ball in a straight line, tapping his teammate.
Maddison had been taking the stick out of the Brentford crowd all afternoon and he wasn’t going to let it go. Finger on his lips, the playmaker ran in front of the Brentford fans behind goal and when he was substituted moments later, he applauded them sarcastically. That reaction prompted Toney to say his part and he and Maddison exchanged words before the latter left the field.