Riyad Mahrez’s superb late free-kick rescued a point for Leicester City as they deservedly drew 1-1 with Bournemouth.
Deep into stoppage time at the King Power Stadium, the Algerian curled his effort around the Cherries’ wall and into the bottom of the net to ensure Claude Puel’s side remain eighth in the Premier League table.
After a scrappy opening to the match Mahrez wasted a good opportunity for the Foxes when his chip was easily saved by Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal.
Leicester suffered an injury blow in the 16th minute when Daniel Amartey, who was making his first Premier League start since January, had to be replaced by Ben Chilwell and the change seemed to upset the home team’s rhythm.
After Josh King and Junior Stanislas had failed to hit the target with presentable chances for Eddie Howe’s side, Leicester enjoyed a good spell, with Harry Maguire heading straight at Begovic and Jamie Vardy seeing an effort blocked.
The Cherries took the lead in the 33rd minute when King scored from the penalty spot after Marc Albrighton had brought the former Blackburn Rovers striker down.
When Leicester responded, Begovic denied Mahrez an equaliser with a smart save and, on the hour mark, Steve Cook did well to block Chilwell’s powerful strike.
Vardy had penalty appeals waved away by the referee when he appeared to have been tripped by Cook as Leicester began to get up a head of steam.
Vardy then curled an effort narrowly over the bar as the home pressure intensified before Dan Gosling got in an excellent late block to deny Mahrez an equaliser.
It appeared Bournemouth had done enough to claim the three points until Mahrez’s late brilliance denied the visitors a ninth victory of the campaign.