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Leicester City
  • Alli 81'
  • Mahrez 82'

Season

2015/16

Competition

Premier League

Time

15:00

Attendance

31,971

Kit

Tottenham Hotspur 2015-16 Home Kit

Milestones

Match Report

Riyad Mahrez's fourth goal of the season quickly cancelled out Tottenham's opener and maintained Leicester's unbeaten start.

Tottenham broke the deadlock with nine minutes to go when Dele Alli converted Nacer Chadli's cross from close range.

But Mahrez, who had earlier hit the post, replied just 90 seconds later with a fierce left-footed finish.

The Foxes went closest to victory when Hugo Lloris saved Wes Morgan's header, but they still moved top of the table.

Claudio Ranieri's side are above Manchester United on goal difference after three games, although Manchester City and Liverpool can leapfrog them later this weekend.

England manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for September's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland next week and was at King Power Stadium to check on Tottenham's Harry Kane and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.

Both forwards were involved in their side's goals, with Kane helping to start the move that ended with Alli heading home from close range, and Vardy's header giving him an assist even if Leicester's goal owed much more to Mahrez's magic.

Vardy was his usual energetic self, causing Spurs plenty of problems without ever looking like finding the net himself.

Kane, who is yet to score this season after notching 31 times in 2014-15, had a poor first half but showed flashes of his old self in the second period, notably when he forced his way past two Leicester defenders and forced Kasper Schmeichel into a save.

But it was Mahrez who was the game's star performer. The Algerian's goal capped another fine display on the wing and he always looked dangerous when he came inside and ran at the Tottenham defence.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said before the game that his need for another striker to help Kane was "obvious".

He will not have seen anything against the Foxes to change that opinion, with West Brom's Saido Berahino looking like the leading contender to plug that gap.

What will also concern Pochettino is his side's lack of creativity against Leicester with Christian Eriksen absent with a knee injury.

Eriksen's absence left Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela as the attacking trio behind Kane.

Dembele had a couple of shots from distance in the first half, Chadli set up Spurs' goal, but Lamela was again ineffective as Tottenham struggled to turn their superior possession into chances.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri: "Tottenham kept possession of the ball but we created the same chances and 1-1 is the right result.

"I am happy, My players have a fantastic spirit. It was an outstanding goal and Riyad Mahrez is a very good player.

"It is important to maintain our place in the Premier League. Seven points, 33 less, that is important for us."

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "It was 50/50, a very difficult game for both teams. Second half we played much better.

"I am disappointed with the draw. Last game against Stoke we lost a 2-0 lead and we did it again. We deserved more again but it is a shame.

"I am angry and disappointed, not frustrated. The mistake we made today is difficult to explain."

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