September 23, 2017 / 6:42 PM / 4 months ago

Mignolet saves Vardy penalty as Liverpool beat Leicester

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Sept 23 (Reuters) - Simon Mignolet conceded and then saved a late penalty as Liverpool clung on for a 3-2 win over Leicester City in a pulsating Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Belgian keeper fouled Vardy with a mistimed fly-kick when desperately trying to clear his lines but, having been booked, got up to parry the England striker’s spot-kick as Liverpool clung on in a game where they twice enjoyed two-goal leads.

Mignolet has now saved five of the past eight penalties he’s faced.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City vs Liverpool - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - September 23, 2017 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho in action with Leicester City's Wes Morgan Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

“I count points, not penalty saves,” the goalkeeper said afterwards.

The visitors dominated the first half and opened the scoring through Mo Salah’s far-post header from Philippe Coutinho’s cross a minute after the Egyptian missed a sitter. The goal was Salah’s sixth of the season.

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Coutinho looked back to his best and increased the lead with a curled 25-metre free-kick inside Casper Schmeichel’s post on 23 minutes but Liverpool conceded just before the break when Shinji Okazaki converted a knockdown despite strong appeals for a foul on the keeper.

Goals flow at both ends whenever Liverpool play and no sooner had Jordan Henderson restored their two-goal advantage than Vardy headed Leicester’s second before spurning the chance of an equaliser.

Even then, Leicester could have had another penalty when Can handled.

Reporting by Neil Robinson,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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