Braga 3-3 Leicester: Player Ratings as Late Jamie Vardy Equaliser Seals Foxes' Europa League Progression

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Nov 26, 2020, 8:10 PM GMT
Vardy was the hero for the Foxes
Vardy was the hero for the Foxes | Octavio Passos/Getty Images

A 95th minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy earned Leicester a 3-3 draw against Braga, with the result ensuring the Foxes' progression into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The hosts took the lead inside four minutes when Ali Elmusrati fired a driven shot past Kasper Schmeichel from just outside the box. However, their lead did not last long as Harvey Barnes produced a superb finish to level things up soon after.

Ricardo Horta then made it 2-1 to Braga with less than half an hour on the clock, capping off a free-flowing team move with a tap-in.

After the break, Brendan Rodgers rung the changes to try and get back into the game. It paid off when one of these substitutes, James Maddison, drilled a cross into the path of Luke Thomas who finished smartly. Braga thought they settled it with just moments left when Fransergio finished a fine counter attack, only for Vardy to pop up at the back post in the 95th minute to earn his side a point.

Here are your Leicester player ratings from Portugal...

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Battling for posession
Battling for posession | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) - 7/10 - Spent the first 45 minutes shouting abuse at his static defence. Made a couple of solid stops to keep the score down.

James Justin (CB) - 6/10 -
Could have done more to prevent Braga's second goal. Did a nice overlapping centre-backs thing with Luke Thomas.

Jonny Evans (CB) - 4/10 -
Appeared leggy with Braga's movement causing him a lot of problems. Looks like he's lost at least a yard of pace from last season. Worrying.

Christian Fuchs (CB) - 5/10 -
All the football he's played recently seems to be taking its toll. Struggled to contain his opposite number before being replaced by Fofana at half time.

2. Wing Backs & Midfielders

Praet was taken off at half time
Praet was taken off at half time | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Marc Albrighton (RWB) - 6/10 - Lots of hustle but not much quality in the attacking phase.

Hamza Choudhury (CM) - 6/10 -
Chasing shadows in the first half and failed to use the ball well. Improved after the break but still not very influential.

Dennis Praet (CM) - 5/10 -
Struggled to gain a foothold in the game before being dragged off at the break. Continues to blow hot and cold.

Luke Thomas (LWB) - 7/10 -
Can't be blamed for his side's porous defending. Also, took up some great attacking positions centrally in the second half, eventually being rewarded with a goal.

3. Forwards

Barnes continued his fine scoring form in the Europa League
Barnes continued his fine scoring form in the Europa League | MIGUEL RIOPA/Getty Images

Cengiz Under (RW) - 6/10 - Poor, poor miss in the first half summed up some below par decision making. Saying that, he was at least trying to make stuff happen.

Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) - 6/10 -
He's been so impressive in Europe previously, making his underwhelming display particularly disappointing.

Harvey Barnes (LW) - 8/10 -
Incredible finish in the first half and could have had another if Under's vision had been better.

4. Substitutes

Fofana put in a few crunching tackles
Fofana put in a few crunching tackles | Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Youri Tielemans - 7/10 - Leicester looked sooooooo much better when he came on. He linked everything up in a way that Praet could not.

Wesley Fofana - 6/10 -
Leaps and bounds ahead of any Leicester defender at the moment. Perhaps could have done better for Braga's third goal though.

James Maddison - 7/10 -
Came on, provided a fine assist, went home. Very nice.

Jamie Vardy - 7/10 -
Secured his side's progression to the knockout stages, making up for his poor decision not to take the ball to the corner minutes before.

Ayoze Perez - 6/10