Leicester v Everton player ratings from a pulsating night at Goodison Park


Leicester are through to the Carabao Cup semi-final but not before blowing a seemingly comfortable 2-0 half time lead against Everton at Goodison Park.

The Foxes eventually prevailed on penalty kicks but they criminally allowed Everton back into the game late on.

Nevertheless, they reaffirmed their superiority in the shootout with Kasper Schmeichel the hero, in what turned into an entertaining contest.

Here’s how they fared.



1. Jordan Pickford 8/10

Barring a save at the feet of Maddison, his only other involvement in the first half was to pick the ball out of his net twice. Saved well from Perez and Praet after the break.

Dived brilliantly to his right to deny Maddison from 12 yards.

2. Mason Holgate 6/10

Part of a one-dimensional midfield that never broke the lines, struggling to exert any meaningful influence, but kept going. Blasted his penalty home.

3. Leighton Baines 7/10

Allowed Ricardo to cross for Maddison’s opener. Always a threat from set pieces but saved his best for the last minute of the match with an unstoppable left-foot pinger that burst the net. However, he missed his penalty when you’d bank on him to deliver.

4. Michael Keane 5/10

All at sea for City’s second goal, leaving Evans unmarked for an easy tap-in. Struggled to cope with the pace of Vardy and Maddison.

7. Richarlison 6/10

Inched out of the way of an early chance following Jonny Evans’ mistake and struggled to make any inroads before providing the cross for Davies’ goal.

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9. Dominic Calvert-Lewin 6/10

Kept under lock and key by the Foxes’ rear guard but headed a great chance over the bar that would’ve pulled the Blues level. Scored under pressure in the shootout.

13. Yerry Mina 5/10

Nervously conceded a corner with an air kick early doors. Squandered the chance to get Everton back to 2-1 by missing an easy header from close range.

17. Alex Iwobi 5/10

Tried to pick out players with a range of passes that seldom came off. Routinely the ignition of groans from the Goodison faithful but persevered at least before being replaced by Cenk Tosun late on.

20. Bernard 4/10

Huffed and puffed and produced very little. Hooked at half time.

23. Seamus Coleman 7/10

Worked hard as he struggled to hold off the Leicester press. Wanted a penalty late on but nothing doing. One of the Toffees more dependable performers.

26. Tom Davies 7/10

Neat and tidy in possession but of no real danger to the Leicester backline for over an hour, however got Everton back into the match with a well-taken volley.


27. Moise Kean (46’) 6/10

Full of running and added an urgency to Everton’s attack re-configured attack. It’s all a bit too frantic but clearly trying to impress.

14. Cenk Tosun (78’) 4/10

Unfortunately for him, the only thing he will be remembered for in this match is missing in the penalty shootout. That’s football.

42. Anthony Gordon (84’) 5/10

Came on late for his Goodison debut to rapturous applause. One decent foray down the right.


Leicester City

1. Kasper Schmeichel 8/10

A virtual spectator for 35 minutes before getting down well to stop a header from Mina. Stayed alert to any danger but could do little about both goals. Came into his own in the shoot-out making two brilliant saves from Tosun and Baines.

2. Ben Chilwell 6/10

Occasionally sloppy in possession. Provided an outlet but not as influential as he has been in previous outings. Not his best performance but scored in the shootout.

5. Wes Morgan 8/10

An unruffled presence in the centre of defence. Kept Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison quiet throughout the match. Rock solid.

6. Jonny Evans 7/10

Almost let Richarlison in for an early goal with a poor header but soon atoned with a goal of his own on the half hour mark.

9. Jamie Vardy 8/10

Provided the flick on, with great movement for Evans’ goal. Almost got an assist with a cute back heel for Albrighton. But he’s a man for the big moment and took his chance to win the match with the crucial penalty.

Jamie Vardy Leicester TEAMtalk

10. James Maddison 8/10

Showed his class to score with the outside of his foot from just inside the box before providing the corner for Leicester’s second. Missed his penalty but got away with it.

11. Marc Albrighton 6/10

Quiet match until hitting the post with a sublime curling effort 25 minutes from time. Played an understated role in Leicester’s swift counter-attacks.

17. Ayoze Perez 6/10

Blazed a great chance over the bar quarter of an hour in but saw a much better effort tipped over by Pickford in the second half. Withdrawn with 20 minutes to go.

21. Ricardo Pereira 7/10

Caused problems down the right, creating an opportunity Perez before setting up Maddison with another cross. Converted calmly in the shootout.

25. Wilfred Ndidi 6/10

Calming influence in front of the visitors’ defence. Overran by Everton bodies late on.

26. Dennis Praet 6/10

Linked well with Vardy and Maddison, involving himself in plenty of their best attacking moments before coming off late for Choudhury.


7. Demarai Gray (69’) 6/10

No real involvement of note in the actual match but crucially delivered from the spot.

4. Caglar Soyuncu (80’) 6/10

Came on late but made a big tackle to snuff out Moise Kean on the right channel.

20. Hamza Choudhury (86’) 5/10

Punished severely for not closing down Baines in injury time.


By Richard Garnett at Goodison Park.