Football: Vardy's late goal rescues point for Leicester

Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring with Nampalys Mendy.
Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring with Nampalys Mendy.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Jamie Vardy's late penalty rescued a point for a Leicester City side who overcame the dismissal of James Maddison to draw 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday (Nov 24).

England forward Vardy, a second-half substitute, converted his first goal since September in the 79th minute after Kelechi Iheanacho was brought down by Beram Kayal.

Earlier, Brighton's Glenn Murray scored on his 100th Premier League appearance, nodding home Anthony Knockaert's corner for his seventh goal of the season in the 15th minute.

Just thirteen minutes later, things went from bad to worse for Claude Puel's side when Maddison was sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes - the second for diving.

Iheanacho went desperately close to winning it for 10-man Leicester but he dragged his low effort from the edge of the area narrowly wide in the 87th minute.

Leicester remain 10th with 18 points from 13 games while Brighton, now without a win in three games, are three points behind in 12th.

"We had a good start and were good in that first-half period against 11 men," Brighton manager Chris Hughton told reporters.

"We had some really good opportunities in the final third to increase our lead, which would have made life easier for ourselves. When you're playing against 10 men, you've got to make it count.

"It's a poor penalty that we conceded and it's a really good opportunity missed. You've got to be able to kill the game off, but we weren't able to do that."