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Riyad Mahrez channels his inner-David Beckham by equalising with a dramatic last minute free-kick 

Leicester drew-level with Bournemouth thanks to Mahrez's heroics

Hey, remember when Riyad Mahrez was seemingly on his way out of Leicester after the club refused to sell him to Man City in January?

It was a pretty bleak time for the Foxes star man, who admitted he felt ‘very low’ after the deal failed to materialise on Deadline Day.

He subsequently sat out a few matches and had some much-needed time off, but now he’s back in the team and it’s like he never left.


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He was back in the starting line-up by mid-February, duly setting up Jamie Vardy for the winner in Leicester’s FA Cup win over Sheffield United, and it seems Claude Puel trusts him enough to keep picking him.

Mahrez is desperate to get away from the King Power Stadium this summer

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Mahrez was desperate to get away from the King Power Stadium

And it’s good job too, after what he did this afternoon against Bournemouth.

The Cherries went ahead after 35 minutes thanks to Josh King’s penalty and it looked like they’d hold on for the 1-0 win. However, as the game entered injury time, Kelechi Iheanacho was fouled outside the box and Leicester sensed one last opportunity to grab an equaliser.

Up steps Mahrez, majestic and blonde, to curl home a simply magnificent 30-yard free-kick past Asmir Begovic.

Sizing it up

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Sizing it up

Obligatory hands of hips pose

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Obligatory hands of hips pose

Hits it

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Hits it

Begovic beaten

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Begovic beaten

1-1!

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1-1!

It was almost reminiscent of David Beckham’s famous late equaliser against Greece way back in 2001 that sent England to the 2002 World Cup.

We mean that loosely, of course. The positioning was the same, at least.

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We love Mahrez here at Dream Team, and it’s great to see him back to his best.

Whether he’s still a Leicester player next season is another matter, but it’s times like these that reminds us he truly is one of the best in the Premier League at the moment.

Oh, and here’s the obligatory Gary Linekar tweet. 


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