Foxes fail to boost top-four hopes despite early dismissal of Vestergaard

Leicester City’s hopes of strengthening their grip on third spot were frustrated by a resilient display from 10-man Southampton in a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton played 80 minutes at a numerical disadvantage following Jannik Vestergaard’s 10th-minute red card for denying Jamie Vardy a goalscoring opportunity.

James Maddison curled the resulting free-kick narrowly wide as Leicester looked to capitalise.

Southampton, however, frustrated the Foxes and restricted them to long-range efforts from Maddison and Youri Tielemans in a goalless opening half.

James Ward-Prowse fired Saints 1-0 ahead with a 61st-minute penalty after Kelechi Iheanacho had handled.

Leicester were back on level terms just eight minutes later through Jonny Evans’ close-range header from Iheanacho’s inviting delivery.

Vardy was denied by Alex McCarthy, Iheanacho headed over and Wilfred Ndidi lashed wide as Leicester pressed for a late winner, but Southampton held on for a share of the points.

Leicester stay third with 63 points, eight clear of fifth-placed West Ham United.

Southampton move up to 14th on 37 points, 10 points clear of third-from-bottom Fulham, with five matches remaining.

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