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Leeds United 1-1 Leicester City: Player ratings as Barnes wonder strike earns Foxes a point

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Raphinha scored the opening goal
Raphinha scored the opening goal / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Leeds and Leicester played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon with Raphinha and Harvey Barnes scoring their goals within a minute of each other midway through the first half.

The game got off to an end-to-end start with both sides having chances in the opening exchanges.

Leeds got the upper hand after the first 15 minutes though, and deservedly took the lead just before the half-hour when Raphinha's powerful free kick beat everyone, including a stricken Kasper Schmeichel.

Straight from the resulting kick off Leicester equalised. Jonny Evans pumped a ball forward and a flick-on from Boubakary Soumare set Harvey Barnes free down the left-hand side. The forward then checked onto his favoured right foot and unleashed an unstoppable effort past Illan Meslier.

Just before the break Youri Tielemans missed a good chance to give Leicester the lead, blazing Ademola Lookman's overhit through ball well over.

The game continued to be open in the second half with Jack Harrison somehow volleying the ball over from a few yards out with less than five minutes played. Rodrigo missed a similarly presentable chance at the back post just before the hour mark.

Leeds were almost made to pay for their wastefulness in the 67th minute when Ademola Lookman bundled home at the back post after Jamie Vardy had flicked on Tielemans corner. However, the strike was disallowed for offside following a VAR review.

Leeds had another scare just after when some sloppy playing out from the back afforded Tielemans a sight at goal, but Meslier smothered the ball effectively. That was the last clear-cut chance of the contest with each manager having to settle for a point.

Here is how each set of players rated...


Leeds player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Harvey Barnes, Stuart Dallas
Dallas was a nominal right-back / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Illan Meslier (GK) - 6/10 - Not given a chance of saving Barnes' rocket. Spilled a couple of efforts but did well to deny Tielemans in the second half.

Stuart Dallas (RB) - 6/10 - Lost Lookman at the back post for the disallowed goal, but got a reprieve. Great energy throughout.

Diego Llorente (CB) - 7/10 - Made two vital interventions in the first half - both of which likely prevented goals.

Liam Cooper (CB) - 5/10 - No convincing. Did not look comfortable when playing out of the back.

Pascal Struijk (LB) - 6/10 - Largely dealt okay against Lookman, though the Foxes man did get the better of him a few times.

2. Midfielders

Kalvin Phillips
Phillips has had better days / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Kalvin Phillips (CM) - 5/10 - Not his best day. Struggled to keep tabs on Tielemans and misplaced a lot of passes.

Adam Forshaw (CM) - 6/10 -
Great to see him handed a start after so long out. He was chasing shadows at times but was tidy in possession.

Rodrigo (AM) - 6/10 -
Missed a great opportunity early in the second period. Some good link-up play but largely quiet.

3. Forward

Raphinha, Liam Cooper, Rodrigo Moreno, Kalvin Phillips
Raphinha was booked for his celebration / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Raphinha (RW) - 7/10 - A constant box of tricks and scored his side's opener.

Jack Harrison (ST) - 5/10 - Missed an sitter early in the second period. Worked hard but needs a goal soon.

Daniel James (LW) - 5/10 - Bright early on, firing off one particularly fierce effort. Shooting was terrible after that.

4. Substitutes

Tyler Roberts (AM) - N/A

Charlie Cresswell (CM) - N/A


Leicester player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

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Pereira defended well / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) - 6/10 - Kicking was bad but he did make a few good saves. Not a lot he could do about Raphinha's free kick.

Ricardo Pereira (RB) - 6/10 - A tenacious display defensively. He completed six tackles in total but might have contributed more in the final third.

Jonny Evans (CB) - 7/10 - More composed and authoritative than his centre-back partner. Keeping him fit is vital.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) - 5/10 - More than a few rash moments and lapses in concentration. Staggering how much he has regressed since the Euros.

Timothy Castagne (LB) - 6/10 - Defended well, leaving James to fed off scraps for the most part. Again, he could have done more in attack.

6. Midfielders

Youri Tielemans, Kalvin Phillips
Tielemans rann the show for Leicester / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Wilfred Ndidi (DM) - 6/10 - A bit overwhelmed at times but got through a remarkable amount of defensive work.

Youri Tielemans (CM) - 7/10 - Everywhere as usual. Let down by Lookman in the first half - would have scored otherwise. Life without the Belgian should be a scary thought for Leicester fans. Taken off with an injury.

Boubakary Soumare (CM) - 7/10 - Set up Barnes with a towering flick-on. Did a little bit of everything. Quickly becoming a seriously important player.

7. Forwards

Harvey Barnes
Barnes goal was superb / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Ademola Lookman (RW) - 6/10 - A few bright moments in tight areas and drove his side forward. Decision making could have been better.

Jamie Vardy (ST) - 6/10 - Should have been awarded a penalty in the first half. Made some good runs but his teammates did not always find him.

Harvey Barnes (LW) - 7/10 - Scored the best goal of his career - probably. Faded a bit in the second half before being subbed.

8. Substitutes

Daniel Amartey (CB) - 6/10 - Facilitated Leicester's switch to a back three.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) - 6/10 - Neat and tidy after a few stinkers in the Europa League.

James Maddison (AM) - 6/10 - Carved out a few half-chances.


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