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Leicester 2-2 Napoli: Player ratings as Foxes fall to late draw

Leicester gave up a two-goal lead as a Victor Osimhen double secured a well-earned 2-2 draw for Napoli in Thursday’s Europa League opener.

Leicester began brightly, and after Harvey Barnes came close to netting an early goal, Ayoze Perez did manage to find the back of the net, thundering home from a cross inside the first ten minutes.

That high tempo continued for the remainder of the first half. Both sides were pressing high and forcing mistakes, with Napoli eventually taking control and having the best chances of the half as Kasper Schmeichel had to pull out some excellent saves to deny Piotr Zielinski and Hirving Lozano.

Napoli maintained the edge after the break, but Leicester almost snatched a second against the run of play after VAR called Patson Daka’s strike back for one of those armpit offsides.

That second goal did come a few minutes later as Harvey Barnes finished off an excellent counter-attack to give Leicester a two-goal lead with 25 minutes to go.

Napoli got themselves back in it just a few minutes later, pulling off an absurd team move which ended in a glorious chip from Osimhen, and the Nigerian popped up with a header three minutes from time to earn Napoli a deserved point.

To rub salt in the wounds, Leicester ended the game with ten men as the otherwise-excellent Wilfred Ndidi was shown his second yellow card in stoppage time.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Kasper Schmeichel

Schmeichel was superb / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

What a goal for Leicester City and just listen to that roar ?

Superb work from Harvey Barnes as he puts it on a plate for Ayoze Perez!

The King Power is bouncing ?#UEL pic.twitter.com/XwkIU28RXd

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2021

3. Forwards

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2021

Youri Tielemans

Tielemans was not on it at all / James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

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