It’s tough at the bottom! Leicester City have been struggling this season. My team’s performances have been as erratic and baffling as ever in seasons like this one. On Tuesday, they faced Leeds United, also desperate to stay up. The match was so exciting, despite it’s eventual score-line of 1-1.
Two players who have been goal-starved this season are Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy. What is the saying, ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’? Well, I feel it applies to these two.
Tieleman’s strike early in the match was absolutely breathtaking, very much like the goal he scored at Wembley in the FA Cup. Poised and powerful and a long way out. Perfection! Agonisingly for Leicester fans, amazingly for Leeds fans, VAR ruled Soumare offside and the goal was disallowed, but there was no denying the beauty of that strike. It has to be one of the best goals disallowed by VAR. I’m not alone in this thought – see this.
Jamie Vardy, the iconic Foxes talisman came on in the second half. He too, has had a long drought of almost six months. Leicester fans have been desperate to see a Vardy goal – Well, they were rewarded with an absolute classic in the 80th minute. The move began with Kelechi Iheanacho, straining himself badly to pass the ball to Maddison. The man of the match, Maddison crossed it perfectly to see Jamie Vardy slot it into the net. Wonderful. There was no way that ball was going anywhere else. Maddison described his feeling of calm the moment he saw who was on the receiving end of his cross.
The fans erupted, Jamie erupted, leaping high into the air. What a moment! It was incredible to see him back. A few moments later, he scored again.. and again VAR overruled as offside. Leeds fans too, were disappointed by a goal ruled offside by VAR – it was an extraordinary match that was so much more than 1 – 1.
Having had something of a break myself the past six months, I can say too, how good it feels to be back. 🙂
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