Leeds 1-1 Leicester: Harvey Barnes ensures the Foxes take a point with a stunning equaliser after Raphinha put the hosts ahead at Elland Road
- Raphinha put Leeds ahead in the 26th minute but the advantage was short-lived
- Harvey Barnes levelled four minutes later with a superb strike for Leicester
- Ademola Lookman thought he’d put Leicester ahead but VAR ruled it out
Leeds were left ruining a sublime finish and a ridiculous miss as they failed to turn a dominant display into victory.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side outplayed a below-par Leicester here at Elland Road as they looked to move further clear of the bottom three.
They took a first-half lead through Raphinha’s free-kick, before Harvey Barnes immediately equalised with a stunning solo strike for the Foxes.
Raphinha (centre) put Leeds ahead at Elland Road in the 26th minute against Leicester
But the advantage lasted just four minutes before Harvey Barnes struck for the visitors
Barnes wheels away in celebration after his strike got the Foxes back on level terms
But Leeds missed a glorious chance to take all three points when Jack Harrison inexplicably cleared the bar from just two yards out when the goal was gaping.
It means United are only three points above the bottom three, with just two Premier League wins this season, although they move up to 15th.
While Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, who had a late Ademola Lookman goal disallowed for offside, stay in 12th.
With just two clean sheets between them in the Premier League this season, this always promised to be an entertaining encounter.
It did not disappoint, with Kasper Schmeichel forced into action twice in the opening five minutes –clawing away Jack Harrison’s deflected curling shot and then, from the resulting corner, keeping out Kalvin Phillips’ point-blank header.
Leeds, despite just one league win at Elland Road this season, had their tails up and could have had a penalty when Raphinha went down in the box after a tangle with Ricardo Pereira, only for referee Darren England to blow the other way.
Still, it would not be long before the brilliant Brazilian got his way. In the 26th minute, Raphinha won and then took a free-kick from outside the right edge of the box. And his low, inswinging effort evaded everyone as it nestled inside Schmeichel’s right post.
Jack Harrison missed a chance for Leeds to go back ahead against Leicester in the second half
Ademola Lookman thought he had given Leicester the lead in the second half
The joy was short-lived for the visitors, with VAR eventually ruling out Lookman’s strike
Raphinha was booked for his celebration as he displayed 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, Leicester’s leveller 73 seconds did.
Straight from kick-off, Jamie Vardy passed the ball back to Jonny Evans, whose long ball was flicked on by Boubakary Soumare into the path of Harvey Barnes to the left of the box.
Barnes took one touch to control, another to cut inside Diego Llorente, before bending into the far top corner past Illan Meslier, who did not even bother to dive.
After the break, Leicester went in search of a second, with Youri Tielemans coming close with a drive across the face of goal.
But it was Leeds who really should have retaken the lead as Phillips flicked on Raphinha’s corner to the unmarked Harrison, who somehow managed to clear the bar from two yards out with his thigh.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers gives instructions his team during the clash at Elland Road
Still, roared on by the passionate Elland Road crowd, Leeds kept pressing. Dan James, again playing as a centre forward, narrowly bent one wide and then Rodrigo went even closer, volleying into the side netting after Stuart Dallas picked him out at the back post.
Given their dominance of the second half, Leeds were left stunned after 67 minutes when Ademola Lookman tapped in at the back post after Jamie Vardy flicked on Tielemans’ corner.
But the hosts were reprieved when VAR showed Lookman was marginally offside, before missing their own late chance when Raphinha struck over when well placed.