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James Maddison secures draw for Foxes after fan urgently delays Premier League clash

England’s James Maddison earned a point for Leicester in this turbulent battle in Southampton.

NS Saints two times ahead of Jan Bednarek and Che Adams only to be clawed back by Jonny Evans and Maddison.

Maddison scored right after the break to earn a point for the away team

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Maddison scored right after the break to earn a point for the away teamCredit: AFP
The English midfielder squeezes the ball from a tight angle

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The English midfielder squeezes the ball from a tight angleCredit: Getty
Bednarek headed home to give the home team an early lead

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Bednarek headed home to give the home team an early leadCredit: PA
Evans pulled Leicester level with a stoic rebound

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Evans pulled Leicester level with a stoic reboundCredit: Reuters

Bednarek put the home team ahead after just 150 seconds after a short corner between James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Teila.

Teila’s cross fell on Mohammed Salisu, whose first shot sent the ball out of the hands and feet of Foxes goalkeeper Michael Schmeichel.

And the Polish defender was on hand to score his fourth goal – all at St Mary’s against a helpless Danish save.

No wonder Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was overjoyed after two away defeats to Norwich and Liverpool.

But he also has to fear worse because in the previous three games Bednarek lost against his boys 3-2.

And Evans sent home nerves reeling again when he equalized in the 21st minute after Wilfred Ndidi’s shot was saved by home keeper Alex McCarthy.

Adams restored Southampton's advantage with a diving header before half-time

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Adams restored Southampton’s advantage with a diving header before half-timeCredit: Getty
Vardy gets attacked after going one-on-one with McCarthy

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Vardy gets attacked after going one-on-one with McCarthyCredit: Getty

It was the Northern Ireland defender’s first goal since he scored in a 1-1 draw at St.Mary’s last season.

If Schmeichel wasn’t pleased not being able to stop Southampton’s first goal, he was himself when the home side took the lead 13 minutes later.

The keeper screamed in anger as Adams was left alone in the net of Nathan Redmond with a sunken header.

This is not what the Foxes would expect having won three of their last four games on the south coast, scoring 16 goals in the process.

Two years ago they inflicted an embarrassing 9-0 defeat – the biggest away result in the history of top English football – in front of the apologetic Saints.

However, they didn’t have it on their own when Southampton cut through City’s defense comfortably before the break.

And Jamie Vardy, who has his own Cryotherapy freezer at home to keep his blood flowing, froze as he struggled to make his mark in the opening half.

This is the start of the former England star’s first midweek with coach Brendan Rodgers keeping the new 34 years intact for the weekend’s games.

The start of the second half was delayed by ten minutes because of an emergency in the stands.

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Leicester were caught off guard four minutes into the restart when Maddison denied Valentino Livramento before slamming the ball into the near post.

And only a superb save by McCarthy in the 20th minute denied Harvey Barnes a spectacular win.

After that, Vardy came up clear with only McCarthy to beat but the man scored nine goals to send his shot over the bar and Hasenhuttl released the siege.

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