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West Ham United vs Leicester City. Premier League.

London StadiumAttendance59,960.

West Ham United 2

  • M Antonio (37th minute)
  • L Pérez (82nd minute)

Leicester City 2

  • J Vardy (67th minute)
  • H Barnes (92nd minute)

West Ham 2-2 Leicester: Harvey Barnes snatches late draw for Foxes

Report and highlights as Jack Wilshere returns from injury for Hammers

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West Ham 2-2 Leicester

A 92nd-minute equaliser from Harvey Barnes saw Leicester snatch a 2-2 draw against West Ham, with the 21-year-old scoring his first Premier League goal.

Michail Antonio (37) headed West Ham in front during a quiet first half, but Jamie Vardy's equaliser in the 67th minute really sparked the game into life.

Just four minutes after coming on, Lucas Perez (82) tapped home to put the Hammers back ahead, but he had a second effort ruled out for offside on the 90-minute mark and, shortly afterwards, Barnes slotted home across the face of goal to see the spoils shared at the London Stadium.

West Ham - who had Jack Wilshere return from a long-term ankle injury as a late substitute - remain in 11th place, while Leicester have slipped into eighth, after Watford beat Huddersfield to leapfrog them into seventh.

Player ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (7), Balbuena (7), Zabaleta (7), Ogbonna (7), Masuaku (7), Rice (7), Anderson (6), Sndograss (6), Noble (7), Antonio (8), Arnautovic (6).

Subs used: Obiang (6), Perez (7), Wilshere (n/a).

Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Pereira (7), Evans (6), Maguire (7), Chilwell (7), Ndidi (7), Maddison (7), Albrighton (7), Tielemans (6), Gray (6), Vardy (7).

Subs used: Barnes (7), Iheancho (n/a), Mendy (n/a).

Man of the match: Michail Antonio.

How Leicester fought back - twice

West Ham started well, although chances were few and far between. Leicester went close in the 23rd minute when Marc Albrighton pumped a lovely ball into the area, aiming for Vardy, but Lukasz Fabianski was out to collect ahead of the striker. Not long after, Marko Arnautovic's clipped cut-back was fired towards goal by Antonio but some good defending from Ricardo Pereira saw it loop into the hands of Kasper Schmeichel.

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West Ham made two changes with Manuel Lanzini and Javier Hernandez replaced by Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic. Jack Wilshere started on the bench. Leicester also made two changes with Marc Albrighton and Jonny Evans coming in for Harvey Barnes and Wes Morgan.

But Antonio did deservedly find the net in the 37th minute. It was a sumptuous cross from Mark Noble on the left-hand side, with Antonio rising above his marker, Ben Chilwell, to power his header past a leaping Schmeichel. His celebration was equally as good, going over to the new claret-coloured astroturf that surrounds the London Stadium pitch and stroking it before being surrounded by his team-mates.

Michail Antonio celebrates his goal by stroking West Ham's new claret pitchside carpet
Image: Michail Antonio celebrates his goal by stroking West Ham's new claret pitchside carpet

It was also a quiet start to the second half and it looked like West Ham would coast to a 1-0 victory, but Leicester had other ideas as Vardy levelled in the 67th minute. Chilwell scooped the ball in from the left-hand side and the striker was waiting ahead of Fabian Balbuena to direct the ball past Fabianski.

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Lucas Perez celebrates after restoring West Ham's lead at home to Leicester
Image: Lucas Perez scored once but had another goal ruled out for offside

The goal really opened the game up and it was an end-to-end encounter from then on, and, four minutes after replacing Arnautovic as a substitute, Perez put West Ham back ahead. It was Pedro Obiang's strike that initially hit the post in the 82nd minute, but Perez was in the right place to hammer home the rebound. The Leicester players were claiming offside, but replays showed the striker was onside and it was a superb decision from the officials to let it stand.

What would VAR have changed?

For this, all eyes turn to the final 10 minutes and Lucas Perez. VAR would have confirmed that he was onside for his first goal and also for the second, which was subsequently ruled out without the technology. West Ham would then have been in a much better position to see the game out for all three points.

Almost immediately after the goal, Wilshere was introduced for Noble, making his first appearance since December 1 when he made another substitute appearance against Newcastle and picked up an ankle injury. He made it through his 10-minute cameo without incident.

Jamie Vardy celebrates his second-half equaliser at the London Stadium
Image: Jamie Vardy scored the first equaliser for Leicester

Just as five minutes of added time was shown, Perez once again had the ball in the net after rounding Schmeichel, but this time, he was flagged for offside. Replays showed he was actually onside again, but the goal was ruled out.

Leicester ensured they took a point from their trip to London in the 92nd minute. Youri Tielemans - who had an unusually quiet game - slipped the ball down the left for Barnes who found himself some space before sweeping home into the bottom corner for his first Premier League goal.

The managers

Manuel Pellegrini: "It wasn't a tough decision [for Perez's second goal]. Last week was a tough decision [for Felipe Anderson's goal also incorrectly ruled out for offside], now it is in front of the linesman and Lucas is one metre in the legal position.

"When it is a difficult decision, I say it is a difficult decision. Last week against Man Utd, that was very difficult for the linesman because it was just one foot and it was the opposite side of him - that mistake you can understand.

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says he cannot understand how the linesman gave Lucas Perez offside ahead of Leicester's equaliser

"But the mistake today, I cannot understand. With that goal, we would have finished the game."

Brendan Rodgers: "The spirit of the team was excellent but we weren't at our level in the first half. Sometimes it happens, we have a lot of youthful players but it was important at half-time that we addressed it.

"We came out and played without any fear in the second half, which is important. I thought we were very good in the second half, more dynamic, quicker in our game and a lot more compact as a team. We scored two very good goals and we were a much better threat in the second half."

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Brendan Rodgers says Leicester played without fear in the second half as they came from behind to draw at West Ham

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  • West Ham are winless in their last four Premier League games (D1 L3), last having a longer such run between October-December 2017 (eight games).
  • Leicester have both scored and conceded in 13 different away Premier League games this season - no other side has seen both teams score in more on the road in 2018-19.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored nine goals in his last 10 Premier League games for Leicester, including seven in his seven appearances under manager Brendan Rodgers.
  • West Ham's Lucas Perez scored his fourth Premier League goal (1 for Arsenal, 3 for West Ham), with all of them coming as a substitute.

Man of the match - Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio scores for West Ham to make it 1-0
Image: Antonio had a busy first half, heading West Ham ahead in the 37th minute

Antonio scores the majority of his goals with headers and he added another to his list against the Foxes. Of players to score at least 25 Premier League goals, only John Terry (66 per cent) has scored a higher percentage of his goals via headers than Antonio (15/25, 60 per cent).

He had come back into the side for the injured Manuel Lanzini and more than justified his inclusion with a superb attacking performance. This was also epitomised by the number of fouls he received from Leicester in the first half and their double-man defending.

What's next?

Both teams are live on Sky Sports next weekend. West Ham travel to Tottenham on Saturday for the lunchtime kick-off before Leicester welcome Arsenal on Sunday for a midday game.

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