Chris Wilder’s Blades were undone by a Jamie Vardy sucker punch in the 89th minute as it finished 2-1 to Leicester City at Bramall Lane in the Premier League.
Leicester dominated possession early on and almost went a goal ahead, but Vardy’s shot from inside the box rattled against the upright.
The Foxes didn’t have to wait long for a goal as Ayoze Perez smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range after Marc Albrighton’s attempt deflected into his path.
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But it was defending from a corner that let Brendan Rodgers side down again. Oli McBurnie towered above Youri Tielemans to head home an equaliser for the hosts.
The second half saw Leicester City command possession, but it took them until the 89th minute to grab the winner. Vardy was threaded through by James Maddison, and the Foxes leading goalscorer slotted the ball past Ramsdale to secure all three points.
Next up for Sheffield United is an away trip to the south coast where they take on Southampton. Meanwhile, Leicester City start a run of home fixtures, first up is a dead rubber Europa League clash with AEK Athens followed by a visit from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jamie Vardy scores a last-gasp winner for Leicester City

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TALKING POINT - Winless Wilder

Chris Wilder’s wait for his for his 100th win for the club continues, as he now enters a period of his longest run without a win as the manager of the South Yorkshire club

MAN OF THE MATCH - Oli McBurnie (Sheffield United)

He’s been criticized for his lack of goals this season, but the big Scotsman put a shift in today. He never shied away from his defensive duties from set pieces and caused the Leicester defence all sorts of problems when in attack. It’s just a shame that his first goal of the season was in an empty Bramall Lane and didn’t earn his team a well-fought point.

PLAYER RATINGS

Sheffield United: Ramsdale 6, Basham 6, Egan 6, Bryan 6, Baldock 6, Berge 6, Lundstram 7, Fleck 6, Lowe 6, McBurnie 8, Burke 6. Subs: Osborn 5, Norwood 5, Brewster 6
Leicester City: Schmeichel 6, Fofana 6, Evans 6, Fuchs 6, Albrighton 7, Tielemans 6, Mendy 6, Justin 6, Pérez 7, Maddison 7, Vardy 8. Subs: Ndidi N/A, Iheanacho 6, Praet N/A

KEY MOMENTS

9’ POST! Vardy is slipped in by Perez and his shot from inside the box smashes against the post.
23' GOAL! Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester (Perez). Perez scores from close range after Albrighton's effort is deflected perfectly into his path. and he smashes the ball past Ramsdale.
25’ - GOAL! Sheffield United 1-1 Leicester (McBurnie). McBurnie scores with a tower header. The corner from Lundstram is pin perfect for Scotsman. A fantastic header.
45’+1 POST! Maddison hits the same post that Vardy hit earlier in the game.
68’ CHANCE! Ramsdale spills the ball from the long free kick and it falls to Tielemans, who goes to shoot, but Ramsdale is quick to recover gets a touch on it for Leicester corner.
89’ - GOAL! Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester (Vardy). Vardy is threaded through by Maddison, and he's in on goal, one on one with Ramsdale and slots it past the keeper.

KEY STATS

  • Leicester City have caused Sheffield United’s 10th Premier League defeat in each of the last two campaigns, though today’s is just the Blades’ 11th game of the season, compared to the 36th match in 2019-20
  • Jamie Vardy has become only the third player to score in five consecutive Premier League away games in Yorkshire, after Wayne Rooney (2002-2013) and Harry Kane (2014-2020)
  • Oli McBurnie has scored his first Premier League goal of the season with what was his 20th shot; the player with the most shot attempts without scoring this season is Aston Villa's Trézéguet (22 shots)
  • Ayoze Perez has scored only his second goal across his last 17 Premier League appearances, with the other goal in this period also coming against Sheffield United in July
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