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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Molla Wague (45')
  • Kasper Schmeichel (65' OG)
  • Riyad Mahrez (37')

Watford battle back to beat Leicester City

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Watford 2-1 Leicester: Schmeichel own goal gives Watford win (2:08)

An own goal from Kasper Schmeichel and two late saves from Heurelho Gomes ensured Watford came away with a 2-1 win over Leicester. (2:08)

Watford came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 and seal a first Premier League victory in seven games.

A tap-in from Molla Wague and an own goal from Kasper Schmeichel cancelled out Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez's opener.

The victory was a first for Marco Silva's side since a 3-0 success at Newcastle on Nov. 25.

The game got off to a spiky start with a flurry of early bookings dished out by referee Chris Kavanagh.

Leicester's Harry Maguire was first to go into the book, with the home side's Christian Kabasele and Ben Watson soon following him.

Leicester fashioned the game's first real chance when Shinji Okazaki's header brought a fine save from Heurelho Gomes in the home goal.

The visitors then missed a golden chance to open the scoring when top scorer Jamie Vardy inexplicably put a shot just past the post after sending Gomes the wrong way.

But it did not take long for the Foxes to make amends for that error.

Marc Albrighton's cross into the box was met by Mahrez and he headed beyond Gomes for his sixth league goal of the campaign.

Watford, who had struggled until that point to make any impression going forward, almost drew level immediately.

Richarlison was put through by Andre Carrillo but failed to find the target with Schmeichel beaten.

Yet moments later the hosts were level through Wague who tapped home from a corner.

Former Foxes loanee Wague, who played just once for Leicester in an FA Cup defeat at Millwall last season, prodded home after the visitors failed to clear their lines as Watford equalised with their first shot on target.

And it almost got better for the Hornets in the final action before the break, but Richarlison cracked a shot against the post.

Watford started the second half much brighter and Abdoulaye Doucoure drilled an effort over the bar from 25 yards as the hosts signalled their intent just before the hour mark.

Substitute Stefano Okaka then saw a speculative overhead kick sail wide of goal before the hosts completed the turnaround to go 2-1 up.

Doucoure squeezed the ball past Schmeichel from the tightest of angles and although there was a question of whether the ball crossed the line, replays confirmed it did. The goalkeeper's decisive touch on the ball saw it officially credited as an own goal.

Tom Cleverley whistled a shot just wide soon after, before Gomes made sure of the victory with two vital saves.

First, he kept out Wes Morgan's shot before diving to deny Leonardo Ulloa's goal-bound header.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 23 +50 62
2 Manchester United 23 +32 50
3 Liverpool 23 +26 47
4 Chelsea 23 +25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur 23 +25 44
6 Arsenal 23 +11 39
7 Burnley 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City 23 +2 31
9 Everton 23 -13 27
10 Watford 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City 23 -21 17

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