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REPORT: Southampton avenges historic defeat, beats Leicester

How sweet it is to overturn that poor October result

Leicester City v Southampton FC - Premier League Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

There was no escaping the historic defeat to Leicester City back in October with the King Power Stadium blasting calls of each of the NINE goals, but Southampton did begin to heal the wounds with a 2-1 victory.

Danny Ings, who struck the bar in quick succession and looked dead set to go without finding the scoresheet, edged Southampton NINE minutes — what a coincidence — from full-time after Stuart Armstrong had cancelled out Dennis Praet’s opening goal.

Armstrong was the benefactor of a gratuitous deflection with his goal-bound shot coming off the underside of James Maddison’s arm and catching out a diving Kasper Schmeichel to bring Southampton level on NINEteen minutes.

Praet had given Leicester the lead against the run of play when Ayoze Perez’s quick free kick sprung Jamie Vardy down the right, who crossed across goal to the Belgian to fire past Alex McCarthy at the near post.

McCarthy — under no fault of his own for the goal — would go on to turn in a tremendous performance, thrice denying Leicester an equaliser late in the proceedings, including a reactionary save from Johnny Evans off a corner kick.

VAR reared its ugly head both in favour and against the Saints. Shane Long won a penalty after being bundled over by Söyüncü, but upon review the forward ruled offside in the build up.

Leicester then had a late goal clearly ruled off when Evans strayed offside after converting Maddison’s free-kick delivery.

Saints climbed level with Arsenal and Everton on 28 points with the result, extending a run of three consecutive away victories.


Leicester City: Schmeichel, Chillwell, Evans, Söyüncü, Pereira, Choudbury, Barnes (Iheanacho 58), Maddison, Praet (Tielemans 77), Perez (Gray 67), Vary

Unused subs: Ward (GK), Albrighton, Benkovic, Justin

Goals: Praet (14)

Bookings: None

Southampton: McCarthy, Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Cedric, Redmond (Romeu 90+2), Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Djenepo 78), Ings, Long (Adams 78)

Unused subs: Gunn (GK), Yoshida, Obafemi, Boufal

Goals: Armstrong (19), Ings (81)

Bookings: Armstrong (16), Hojbjerg (72), Ings (81)