July 7, 2020 / 9:24 PM / a month ago

Soccer-Vardy's late strike earns Leicester point at Arsenal

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy pounced to score a crucial late equaliser as they hit back against Arsenal to draw 1-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday after the London side’s substitute Eddie Nketiah was sent off late on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 20th league goal of the season looked like handing the hosts a fourth successive win to maintain their late push for a top-four finish.

Visiting keeper Kasper Schmeichel made several fine saves to keep Leicester in the game after Aubameyang’s 21st-minute goal, but the visitors came back strongly in the second half.

Arsenal had Nketiah sent off in the 75th minute for a reckless tackle on James Justin — a decision made after referee Chris Kavanagh viewed a pitch-side monitor.

Leicester then levelled in the 84th minute as Vardy tapped home at the far post after a low cross from Demarai Gray.

Vardy had an anxious wait as the decision was checked by VAR for a possible offside but the goal stood and the Foxes returned home with a point that took them four points above fifth-placed Manchester United who have a game in hand.

Leicester, who have won only two of their last 10 league games, earlier slipped to fourth after Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. Arsenal are seventh, nine points off the top four. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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