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Leicester complete comeback of the season to draw 2-2 with Stoke

The 10-man Foxes put together something of a Christmas miracle to bag their 2nd away point of the season.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Leicester City's final away match of the season was certainly one to remember as they came back against all odds to draw 2-2 with Stoke. Referee Craig Pawson was the center of attention after he dished out a questionable red card to Jamie Vardy in the 28th minute and then proceeded to shower the rest of the team with yellows in what was a nightmare of a first half.

It all started like a typical Leicester away game, half-asleep and looking likely to concede an early goal. Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a world-class save to deny Walters from five yards, while Robert Huth made a vital clearance at the back post to prevent an easy tap-in off a corner.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

After that early scare, the Foxes really started to take control of the game. Huth had a looping header superbly saved by Grant in the 11th minute. Things were definitely looking promising, and dare I say, reminiscent of last season, especially the moment when a Stoke giveaway down the middle sent Riyad Mahrez dancing into the box, calmly sliding the ball to Vardy, only for the striker to be denied by Grant.

Not even a minute later, the game got turned on its head as Vardy was sent off for a challenge on Diouf. Opinions were fairly split on this one, but personally it seemed rather harsh, especially from a referee who only handed Marcus Rojo a yellow card for a cynical two-footed challenge against Crystal Palace midweek. Vardy did go lunging in with two feet, but his intent clearly was to go for the ball, which he won, rather than the player. It looked more like a yellow card, considering Vardy made minimal contact at best.

Still, he received his marching orders, much to the dismay of the team. And things went from bad to worse as Stoke were awarded a penalty in the 38th minute after Bojan smashed a cross straight into the raised arm of a lunging Danny Simpson to win a penalty for the Potters.

The Spaniard calmly tucked the penalty away to make it 1-0, and from there Leicester completely lost their heads, a grand total of 5 players being booked for various offences in the remaining 9 minutes.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Stoke grabbed their second right before the break, after Marc Albrighton took down Johnson just outside the penalty area. The resulting free-kick found Imbula, whose shot smacked against the post, bounced off Schmeichel straight into the feet of Allen, who slotted it into the back of the net.

2-0 down at halftime and the only positive thing to take was the fact Leicester had been able to keep ten men on the pitch. Even Claudio Ranieri was ready to drop the gloves, needing to be dragged away from Pawson by Kasper Schmeichel, of all people, before following his enraged team down the tunnel.

The second half began with more of the same, a yellow card for Robert Huth and a spectacular save from Schmeichel to deny a Walters header from finding the top corner of the net.

From there, Stoke seemed to turn off the gas, but Leicester couldn't capitalize on the set pieces they had in and around the Stoke penalty area.

Ranieri rolled the dice and brought on Demari Gray and Leo Ulloa for Albrighton and Slimani, and the subs instantly made an impact.

Gray brought directness to the attack, putting in an excellent cross to the head of an unmarked Ulloa, who powered it home to make it 2-1 and swing the momentum in Leicester's favor.

Daniel Amartey became the unlikely hero, after a stunning cross from Fuchs found the head of the Ghanaian, who had snuck in-between the Stoke defence to powerfully slot it home to make it 2-2, sending the Leicester faithful into hysterics.

It was a classic Leicester performance. With the odds against them, the team pulled through, potentially saving the season with that hard-earned point.