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Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moscow: Jamie Vardy misses the penalty at the last minute as Foxes disputes the Europa League

Leicester 1-1 Spartak Moscow: Jamie Vardy misses penalty at the end and Foxes miss opportunity to take a big step towards Europa League group qualification

  • Jamie Vardy missed a late penalty as Leicester drew with Spartak Moscow
  • Leicester squandered the chance to go to the top of their Europa League group
  • Victor Moses put the Russians in front in the second half of the King Power
  • Foxes leveled with a header from Daniel Amartey before receiving the penalty


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Jamie Vardy missed a penalty in the second half when Leicester were limited to a draw at Spartak Moscow that took a toll on their hopes of finishing at the top of their Europa League group.

Five minutes after replacing Patson Daka, who scored all four goals when Leicester beat Spartak 4-3 in Russia a fortnight ago, Vardy had a chance to become his team’s top European scorer, but saw his penalty shot saved. . Leicester also hit the wood twice through Boubakary Soumare and Kelechi Iheanacho, but there were isolated boos at full time.

Previously, former Chelsea player Victor Moses had put Spartak ahead early in the second half, with Daniel Amartey calling for the Foxes moments later. But this is a disappointing result for the hosts, with the prize for finishing first in Group C a place in the round of 16, without having to go through the play-off phase.

Jamie Vardy missed a glorious opportunity to give Leicester victory over Spartak Moscow

Jamie Vardy missed a glorious opportunity to give Leicester victory over Spartak Moscow

Spartak goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov saved Vardy's soft penalty late in the second half

Spartak goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov saved Vardy's soft penalty late in the second half

Spartak goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov saved Vardy’s soft penalty late in the second half

Leicester remain third in the group after this result, with a home game against Legia Warsaw and a trip to Napoli to come. Daka was the hero last time, but he had little impact here.

Both Amartey and Iheanacho had shots for Leicester early on, while Quincy Promes and Aleksandr Sobolev looked dangerous for the visitors in an open opening.

The home team came desperately close to taking the lead in the 18th minute when Soumare’s fierce first shot from 25 yards bounced off the bottom of the bar.

Then, four minutes before the break, Iheanacho got into shooting position, but when he was about to pull the trigger, Daka tried to do the same and missed the opportunity.

Among those incidents. Spartak found it easy to keep Leicester at bay. Daka’s exploits in Moscow persuaded Spartak coach Rui Vitoria to equal Brendan Rodgers’ 3-4-1-2 and sit deep, denying Zambia space.

And the plan seemed even better six minutes after the interval when Spartak took the lead. Mikhail Ignatov slipped down the right and crossed for Moses, who ran without a clue between Jonny Evans and Amartey to pass Schmeichel from 10 yards.

Victor Moses (right) celebrates Spartak leading the second half at King Power

Victor Moses (right) celebrates Spartak leading the second half at King Power

Victor Moses (right) celebrates Spartak leading the second half at King Power

Daniel Amartey tied for Brendan Rodgers' side with a header seven minutes later

Daniel Amartey tied for Brendan Rodgers' side with a header seven minutes later

Daniel Amartey tied for Brendan Rodgers’ side with a header seven minutes later

Leicester tied in seven minutes when Ayoze Perez hit Ryan Bertrand’s corner and Amartey headed home at the far post.

The Foxes looked like winners when Moses threw back backup Ademola Lookman only for Vardy to put his kick too close to Aleksandr Selikhov, who made a simple save.

Leicester’s frustration grew when another substitute, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, headed a Timothy Castagne cross off Iheanacho, who hit the rebound off the outside of the post from a tight angle.

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