Raphinha scores for Leeds as Bielsa’s men play out entertaining draw with Leicester

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Leeds United ace Raphinha bagged his fifth goal of the season as the Whites played out an entertaining draw with Leicester City.

The Brazil international made it two goals in as many games when he put Leeds ahead in the first half. But the Whites could not hold on to claim a second successive victory as it ended 1-1 at Elland Road.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was forced to make one change to his starting lineup. Adam Forshaw came into midfield for the injured Jamie Shackleton.

Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, brought in the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes following the 2-2 draw with Spartak Moscow on Thursday.

The game got off to a lightning start, with Jack Harrison challenging Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel just five minutes in. The winger’s shot took a big deflection and Schmeichel had to react quickly to tip it away.

Leeds continued to probe and took the lead with 26 minutes gone. Raphinha whipped in a free-kick from the right which beat everyone, including Schmeichel. Multiple Leeds players tried to reach it, which fooled the Dane and allowed the ball to nestle into the bottom corner.

However, the home team’s lead lasted for just a couple of minutes. At the restart, Leicester pumped the ball up the pitch. Midfielder Boubakary Soumare flicked it into the path of Barnes. The Englishman then cut inside on his right foot before sending a curling strike into the top corner – giving Leeds shot-stopper Illan Meslier no chance.

The game then seemed to calm down somewhat, but Leicester had a big chance to go ahead shortly before half-time. Ademola Lookman got away from Pascal Struijk and looked to play Youri Tielemans in. His ball wasn’t the best though and the Belgian was put off balance, sending his effort way off the mark.

Meslier gave a cheap corner away after the interval, and Leicester nearly punished him. Leeds cleared Tielemans’ cross but only back into the 24-year-old’s path. He fired a shot at goal which whistled past the post.

Harrison had a great opportunity for the Whites moments later. Raphinha caused problems again, this time with a dangerous corner. Kalvin Phillips flicked it to the back post where Harrison was unmarked. He failed to adjust in time and saw the ball hit his hip before going over.

Lookman denied first PL goal for Leicester

Leeds forward Rodrigo then joined him in missing a big chance. He was picked out by Stuart Dallas in the box but couldn’t direct his volley on target, sending it crashing into the side netting.

Leicester thought they had gone in front in the 68th minute as Lookman tapped home from a Vardy flick on. VAR were on hand to check it and ruled it out for offside.

Both Rodgers and Bielsa made attacking substitutions towards the end in search of a winner. Foxes playmaker James Maddison came on for Lookman, while Leeds’ Tyler Roberts replaced Harrison.

But neither star managed to make the difference as the spoils were shared in West Yorkshire. The draw takes Leeds up to 11 points for the season, while Leicester have reached 15.

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