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Wednesday Mar 07, 2018. 12:00
Algeria and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez said he will do anything for the Foxes after netting a superb free kick against AFC Bournemouth.
The 27-year-old’s late equaliser saved the Foxes from conceding their 11th league defeat of the season at the King Power Stadium this past weekend.
He said they deserved a point after Joshua King’s 35th-minute penalty gave the Cherries the lead before Mahrez fired in his ninth goal of the season in stoppage time to earn a valuable point.
“It was a very difficult game. We started good, but after the injury of [Daniel] Amartey, we changed our shape. It was difficult for us,” said Mahrez.
“The second half was better and we had a lot of chances, but we didn’t score, so I think in this type of game, when it’s close, you need a free kick or something difficult to do.
“I saw the ‘keeper was a little bit on the right and I took my chance. This goal I think is deserved. We deserved a point at least and I think it’s good for us to not lose today.
“That’s our team (on their resilience). We have always been like that. We knew we were going to score and until the end, we never gave up.
“We scored and everyone was happy. It’s better to win, but when you look at the game and you go after the goal, you take the draw.”