Kelechi Iheanacho’s Strike Is Cancelled Out By Daniel Parejo As Leicester Are Held During Pre-season Friendly With Valencia

Leicester City were held to a 1-1 draw by La Liga side Valencia on Wednesday evening. 

Kelechi Iheanacho put Leicester into the lead but they were pegged back through a goal from former Queens Park Rangers loanee Daniel Parejo in the first-half.

The game somewhat fizzled out in the second-half after a series of changes by both sides.

But there were positives to take from the game for manager Claude Puel, not least the performance of James Maddison, who arrived from Norwich for £24million earlier this summer.

Maddison had a hand to play in Iheanacho’s opener. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box after a lovely pass by Wilfried Ndidi.

The 21-year-old jinked around Valencia’s defenders before trying to flick it over his own head. A firm challenge saw him lose the ball, but it dropped to Iheanacho, who fired it past Jaume Domenech in the Valencia net.

It was just one moment of many in which the Nigeria international and his new team-mate combined well for Leicester.

Parejo did not take long to provide a response for the visitors. The 29-year-old, who has been linked with Barcelona this summer, equalised in the 18th minute of the game.

Maddison provided one of the better opportunities for Leicester to take the lead again. He picked up the ball from an Adrien Silva drag-back before crossing.

The midfielder’s attempt was deflected, but only into the path of Darnell Johnson, who headed over from yards out.

After a series of changes, Leicester came close again through Josh Gordon. Neto in the Valencia net was equal to his two attempts.

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