Leeds 1-1 Leicester: Harvey Barnes ensures Foxes take one point with surprising draw after Raphinha overtook hosts on Elland Road
- Raphinha put Leeds ahead in the 26th minute, but the lead was short-lived
- Harvey Barnes leveled four minutes later with a superb blow for Leicester
- Ademola Lookman thought she would put Leicester ahead but the VAR ruled it out
Leeds were left to ruin a sublime finish and a ridiculous foul by failing to turn a dominant display into victory.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team edged out a below par Leicester here on Elland Road as they looked to get further away from the bottom three.
They took a lead in the first half on a free throw from Raphinha, before Harvey Barnes immediately tied with an impressive solo hit for the Foxes.
Raphinha (center) put Leeds ahead on Elland Road in the 26th minute against Leicester
But the lead lasted just four minutes before Harvey Barnes hit for the visitors.
Barnes walks away in celebration after his attack brought the Foxes back to the same level
But Leeds missed a glorious opportunity to take all three points when Jack Harrison inexplicably cleared the crossbar from just two yards when the goal was open.
It means United are just three points above the bottom three, with just two Premier League wins this season, although they moved up to 15th place.
While Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, who had a late Ademola Lookman goal disallowed for offside, remains in 12th place.
With just two clean sheets between them in the Premier League this season, this always promised to be an entertaining match.
It didn’t disappoint, with Kasper Schmeichel forced into action twice in the first five minutes, ripping off Jack Harrison’s deflected curly shot and then, from the resulting corner, knocking out Kalvin Phillips’ point-blank header.
Leeds, despite just one league win at Elland Road this season, had their tails up and could have taken a penalty when Raphinha fell in the box after a tangle with Ricardo Pereira, only for referee Darren England to fly. in the opposite direction.
Still, it wouldn’t be long before the brilliant Brazilian had his way. In the 26th minute, Raphinha won and then launched a free kick from outside the right edge of the area. And his low, inswing effort evaded everyone as he snuggled inside Schmeichel’s right post.
Ademola Lookman thought she had given Leicester the lead in the second half
The joy was short-lived for the visitors, and the VAR finally ruled out the Lookman strike.
Raphinha was booked for his celebration when he showed a t-shirt dedicated to Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca, who died in a plane crash last week.
But while that yellow card hardly bothered Leeds fans, the Leicester leveler, 73 seconds, did.
Right from kickoff, Jamie Vardy returned the ball to Jonny Evans, whose long ball was thrown by Boubakary Soumare in the path of Harvey Barnes to the left of the area.
Barnes took one touch to control, another to slice into Diego Llorente, before bending over to the top corner furthest from Illan Meslier, who didn’t even bother to lunge.
After the break, Leicester went looking for a second, with Youri Tielemans closing in with a shot to the face of the goal.
But it was Leeds who really should have retaken the lead when Phillips slammed Raphinha’s corner into the unmarked Harrison, who somehow managed to clear the bar from six feet with his thigh.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers instructs his team during the Elland Road crash
Still, roared by the passionate crowd on Elland Road, Leeds kept pushing. Dan James, again playing center forward, narrowly doubled over and then Rodrigo came even closer, flipping into the side net after Stuart Dallas picked him at the back post.
Given their dominance of the second half, Leeds were stunned after 67 minutes when Ademola Lookman touched the back post after Jamie Vardy hit the Tielemans corner.
But the hosts were reprimanded when the VAR showed Lookman slightly offside, before missing his own late opportunity when Raphinha hit when he was well placed.