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Players Abroad of Friday, 24 November 2017

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Andre Ayew subs as West Ham draw with Leicester

Substitute Andre Ayew's stoppage time overhead kick went just over to prevent West Ham from snatching a late winner in their Premier League clash with Leicester City on Friday night.

Cheikhou Kouyate scored West Ham United's first goal under David Moyes to earn a 1-1 comeback draw at home to Leicester City but Ayew's late strike could have sent the home fans into raptures.

Marc Albrighton had given Claude Puel's Leicester the lead when he poked in Jamie Vardy's deflected cross on eight minutes.

Vardy nearly made it 2-0 with a curling shot before Kasper Schmeichel denied Angelo Ogbonna an equaliser at the other end.

But West Ham were level in the final minute of the first half, Kouyate heading in from Manuel Lanzini's corner.

Ayew came on to end a tireless shift from Arnautovic for West Ham and the Ghana forward took a tumble inside the area after being challenged by Harry Maguire in the closing stages.

The Leicester centre-back and referee Martin Atkinson were similarly unimpressed and Ayew was frustrated again in stoppage time when he emerged from a penalty box scramble to hook narrowly over the bar in the last opportunity of note.

A first win in six matches would have lifted the Hammers out of the bottom three but Ayew's overhead kick in stoppage time went just over.

The stop-start nature to proceedings resulted in six minutes of injury time and substitute Andre Ayew nearly nicked it with an acrobatic attempt following a goalmouth scramble but his effort flew inches over.

Leicester climb one place to 11th ahead of the six Saturday matches.