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A 95th minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy earned Leicester a 3-3 draw against Braga, with the result ensuring the Foxes’ progression into the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The hosts took the lead inside four minutes when Ali Elmusrati fired a driven shot past Kasper Schmeichel from just outside the box. However, their lead did not last long as Harvey Barnes produced a superb finish to level things up soon after.

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— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 26, 2020

Ricardo Horta then made it 2-1 to Braga with less than half an hour on the clock, capping off a free-flowing team move with a tap-in.

After the break, Brendan Rodgers rung the changes to try and get back into the game. It paid off when one of these substitutes, James Maddison, drilled a cross into the path of Luke Thomas who finished smartly. Braga thought they settled it with just moments left when Fransergio finished a fine counter attack, only for Vardy to pop up at the back post in the 95th minute to earn his side a point.

Here are your Leicester player ratings from Portugal…

Iuri Medeiros, James Justin
Battling for posession | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 7/10 – Spent the first 45 minutes shouting abuse at his static defence. Made a couple of solid stops to keep the score down.

James Justin (CB) – 6/10 –

Could have done more to prevent Braga’s second goal. Did a nice overlapping centre-backs thing with Luke Thomas.

Jonny Evans (CB) – 4/10 –

Appeared leggy with Braga’s movement causing him a lot of problems. Looks like he’s lost at least a yard of pace from last season. Worrying.

Christian Fuchs (CB) – 5/10 –

All the football he’s played recently seems to be taking its toll. Struggled to contain his opposite number before being replaced by Fofana at half time.

2. Wing Backs & Midfielders

Dennis Praet
Praet was taken off at half time | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Marc Albrighton (RWB) – 6/10 – Lots of hustle but not much quality in the attacking phase.

Hamza Choudhury (CM) – 6/10 –

Chasing shadows in the first half and failed to use the ball well. Improved after the break but still not very influential.

Dennis Praet (CM) – 5/10 –

Struggled to gain a foothold in the game before being dragged off at the break. Continues to blow hot and cold.

Luke Thomas (LWB) – 7/10 –

Can’t be blamed for his side’s porous defending. Also, took up some great attacking positions centrally in the second half, eventually being rewarded with a goal.

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Barnes continued his fine scoring form in the Europa League | MIGUEL RIOPA/Getty Images

Cengiz Under (RW) – 6/10 – Poor, poor miss in the first half summed up some below par decision making. Saying that, he was at least trying to make stuff happen.

Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 6/10 –

He’s been so impressive in Europe previously, making his underwhelming display particularly disappointing.

Harvey Barnes (LW) – 8/10 –

Incredible finish in the first half and could have had another if Under’s vision had been better.

4. Substitutes

Ali Elmusrati, Wesley Fofana
Fofana put in a few crunching tackles | Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Youri Tielemans – 7/10 – Leicester looked sooooooo much better when he came on. He linked everything up in a way that Praet could not.

Wesley Fofana – 6/10 –

Leaps and bounds ahead of any Leicester defender at the moment. Perhaps could have done better for Braga’s third goal though.

James Maddison – 7/10 –

Came on, provided a fine assist, went home. Very nice.

Jamie Vardy – 7/10 –

Secured his side’s progression to the knockout stages, making up for his poor decision not to take the ball to the corner minutes before.

Ayoze Perez – 6/10

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