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Leicester ends championship season with 1-1 draw against Bournemouth

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The season came to an end for Leicester on Sunday in a 1-1 stalemate.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Leicester City finished their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with an entertaining 1-1 draw to Bournemouth.

After Thursday's shambolic showing to Tottenham, an in-form Cherries' squad looked a tricky task for the Foxes, who found themselves behind within 2 minutes after the defence made an absolute mess of a routine long ball, allowing Lys Mousset to have a crack at goal, only to see the shot deflected straight into the path of a wide open Junior Stanislas, who fired it into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Leicester had little in the form of a response, and struggled to do much of anything with the ball for the next 20 minutes, while Bournemouth came close again through Dan Gosling, who rifled a powerful strike from 20 yards, only to be denied by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes finally began to wake up in the dying stages of the half. Islam Slimani managed to get his head on a corner at the near post, only for the effort to sail just wide of far corner of the net in the 40th minute.

That momentum carried itself into the 2nd half, as Leicester managed to equalize in the 51st minute through Jamie Vardy after the ball was won in midfield and played in towards Slimani who headed across goal for his strike partner to bundle in.

From there the Foxes took control of the game and had the ball in the back of the net again not even 10 minutes later, after Vardy made an excellent run and tapped home from close range, only to be flagged wrongly offside by the linesman.

Vardy had another chance in the 67th minute, having an angled strike nearly palmed into the back of the net by the Bournemouth 'keeper, then cleared off the line.

Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

It looked only a matter of time before Leicester bagged the winner, as the team continued to have crack after crack at goal with time dwindling down. Slimani looked to have won it after he peeled off his man at the far post and connected with a Riyad Mahrez free kick, yet somehow managed to put it inches wide in the 85th minute to sum up a frustrating afternoon for the Foxes.

The draw means Leicester finish the season in 12th place on 44 points. Considering where we've been this season, that's hardly a bad finish. Now all that's left to do is wait and see if Craig Shakespeare's confirmed as Claudio Ranieri's permanent successor before the team jets off for the summer.