Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Late Ulloa penalty shares spoils with Hammers

A extra-time penalty from Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa was enough to deny West Ham United their first league win in three with a 2-2 draw

Leicester City 2-2 West Ham United: Late Ulloa penalty shares spoils with Hammers
Above: Leonardo Ulloa celebrates his late penalty in West Ham's 2-2 draw with Leicester City | Photo: Marc Atkins/ Offside
LEICESTER CITY
2 2
WEST HAM UNITED
LEICESTER CITY : SCHMEICHEL, SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS, MAHREZ (AMARTEY, MIN. 77), DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON (SCHLUPP, MIN. 53), OKAZAKI (ULLOA, MIN. 58), VARDY
WEST HAM UNITED : ADRIAN, ANTONIO, REID, OGBONNA, CRESSWELL, KOUYATE, OBIANG (CARROLL, MIN. 45), NOBLE (LANZINI (MIN. 62), MOSES (VALENCIA, MIN. 71), EMENIKE, PAYET
SCORE: 1-0, MIN. 18, VARDY 1-1, MIN. 83, CARROLL (PEN) 1-2, MIN. 85, CRESSWELL 2-2, MIN. 90+4, ULLOA (PEN)
REFEREE: JOHNATHAN MOSS BOOKED VARDY (MIN. 28) REID (MIN. 30) NOBLE (MIN. 40) PAYET (MIN. 41) MORGAN (MIN. 76) SENT OFF VARDY (MIN. 55)

.A late penalty from Leonardo Ulloa snatched all three points from the under the noses of West Ham United as they settled for a 2-2 draw with champions elect Leicester City. 

The Hammers almost had the lead inside two minutes when Cheikhou Kouyate's was inches away from scoring but Leicester took over from there with chances for Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater before Jamie Vardy struck home in the 18th minute. 

Andy Carroll, Huth and Shinji Okazaki all had chances to score at the beginning of the second period before Vardy was given his marching orders ten minutes after the restart. Winston Reid had a good opportunity but it was Carroll and Aaron Cresswell's combination which looked to have taken all three points but Ulloa's spot kick shared the spoils. 

Above: Kasper Schmeichel collects Cheikhou Kouyate's close effort in West Ham's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Kasper Schmeichel collects Cheikhou Kouyate's close effort in West Ham United's 2-2 draw with Leicester City | Photo: Getty Images

Hearts in mouths 

This clash at the King Power Stadium brought together two of the surprise packages of the season and it was visitors who came within inches of taking the lead after two minutes. 

Dimitri Payet's set piece ability was clear to see once again as his free-kick into the area found Kouyate. Lady luck was very much on the side of the home side as a touch from Kasper Schmeichel saw the effort clatter one post trickle along the goal line off the opposite post and into the arms of the Dane

Claudio Ranieri's side took over from there as they had two half-chances to take the lead. The first came from Huth as he rose highest to Marc Albrighton's free-kick but the header was just wide of Adrian's post. 

The second came off the back of a great run from Riyad Mahrez who eventually teed it up for Drinkwater but the recent England international was way off target with the effort. 

Above; Jamie Vardy strikes home in West Ham United's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City | Photo: AP
Above; Jamie Vardy strikes home in West Ham United's 2-2 draw with Leicester City | Photo: AP

Vardy strikes again 

Vardy returned to the goals last weekend in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland and he was it again just before the 20-minute mark. 

It all came from the keeper as Schmeichel's magnificent throw to Mahrez who laid it on for N'Golo Kante. The Frenchman hit a great through ball to Vardy and he showed great composure to thunder it across Adrian and into the far corner. 

Frantic start 

Bilic brought on Carroll as a half-time substitute to make an impact and almost did when he dived in to get his head on Payet's looking to build on his hat-trick last week but it was wide of the mark. 

It was then the turn of Huth once again as Christian Fuch's ball looked perfect for the German but it proved just too high for the defender as it sailed wide. 

Above: Jamie Vardy recieves a second yellow card for simulation in West Ham's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City | Andy Hooper/ Daily Mail
Above: Jamie Vardy receives a second yellow card for simulation in West Ham's 1-0 defeat to Leicester City | Andy Hooper/ Daily Mail

Hero to Zero 

Vardy was inches away from, getting on the end of Okazaki's effort across the face of goal but that proved to be the England internationals final contribution. 

Vardy went through on goal with Angelo Ogbonna and the striker seemingly brought his leg across the defender to try and draw the foul and referee Jonathan Moss had no hesitation to hand him a second yellow. 

After the dismissal, the Hammers went searching for a way back into the game and almost had it just after the hour mark in spectacular.

Another Payet set piece found Reid this time and despite pressure from Wes Morgan, he looked to spectacularly turn it home with a back-heeled effort but it couldn't skim the post on its way out. 

Above; Andy Carroll celebrates his penalty in West Ham United's 2-2 draw with Leicester City | Photo: AFP/ Getty Images
Above; Andy Carroll celebrates his penalty in West Ham United's 2-2 draw with Leicester City | Photo: AFP/ Getty Images

Late,great surge 

Leicester looked to be heading for another 1-0 victory as the match entered the final ten minutes but a late surge from Bilic's side looked to have snatched the three points away from the Foxes

The home side, in particular Morgan had been walking a fine line in terms of their defending and his foul on Reid from Payet's corner proved to be the straw that broke the camels back as Moss pointed to the spot.

It was the first penalty away from Boleyn Ground for the Hammers in five and a half years and Carroll made no mistake as he struck home into the bottom corner. 

With four minutes to play, West Ham looked to have snatched all three points in spectacular style. Michail Antonio's cross into the area was headed into the path of his defensive partner Cresswell and left-back did well to take it down on chest and did even better when he struck it beyond Schmeichel and into the top corner to send the King Power into a stunned silence. 

Spoils shared 

There were calls for a penalty from the home side as Ogbonna seemingly had his arm around the throat of Huth but nothing was given but he right at the death, they managed to snatch a point. 

Moss seemed to make up for his earlier decision as Carroll softly bumped Jeffrey Schlupp which saw him point to the spot and Ulloa sealed the draw as he coolly slotted past Adrian.