In the match of the relegation battlers Leicester and Everton, it was Alex Iwobi who grabbed the headlines as he rescued a point for the “Toffees” in a pulsating stalemate between the unexpected relegation battlers.
Iwobi utilized the advantage of goalkeeper Pickford’s crucial save against James Maddison, who was about to kill the game from the spot after leading 3-1, just before the break.
It was Dominic Calvert-Lewin who got in to the scoresheet, scoring from the spot, his first strike since October. But, it was cancelled by new Atletico de Madrid signee Caglar Soyuncu.
An interesting set-up in the lower ranks
With 29 points from 34 games played, this vital point could ensure a safe position in the lower ranks of the table as 5 points separate the last five teams.
Well, it is quite unexpected to see the former champions Leicester left reeling on the 16th position as they have failed to perform up to their expectations this season.
It was Jamie Vardy’s shot which lighted up the King Power stadium, as Leicester went ahead 10 minutes from half-time whistle.
But, Jordan Pickford was the man to the rescue who stopped Maddison’s spot-kick as it gave some hope to the travelling Everton supporters.
The Toffees lost their skipper Seamus Coleman due to a grave injury, as he was stretched off the field.
Interestingly, May 2 marks the seventh anniversary of a dream champion season in 2016, as the Foxes faced Everton, five days later, basking in the Premier League glory, defeating them 3-1, seven years back.
On the other hand, Everton are out to protect their top-flight status which is at high risk, with four games left to play.
Happy to score after months
Prolific English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored a goal after six months, was deservingly elated to get on target.
His spot-kick gave the deserving lead to the Toffees’ as he kept his shot low, calm and composed, to add to his tally of a meagre second goal in this injury ravaged season.
Leicester striker Vardy was on the scoresheet as he was assisted by Maddison, as the English striker rounded off Pickford to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
It is hard to escape Pickford’s antics
Maddison has been a good penalty taker in the Leicester team, until Jordan Pickford stepped in. His antics and tactics have always been impressive since his younger days.
He used to write the spot-kick tendencies of the opponents and last night was not an exception either as his note said “stay “, and Maddison just hit the shot into the middle of the goal, prompting Pickford to give a lifeline to the Toffees.
With four games on the fray, it would be interesting to see how the teams fare in the remaining fixtures, as it might have a lot in stake for all the clubs.