Watch: Jamie Vardy denied by brilliant goal-line clearance from Joel Ward

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Jamie Vardy came ever-so-close to opening the scoring in Leicester City’s visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Vardy was played in behind by Kelechi Iheanacho and beat Wayne Hennessey, only for defender Joel Ward to nip back in time and prevent the goal with a fantastic clearance on the line.

A simple move had cut Palace’s defence wide open, with Riyad Mahrez finding Iheanacho before the former Manchester City man slipped the ball through to Vardy.

The England striker looked to have sprung the offside trap – played onside by Ward – and finished well, but the full-back somehow caught up with the ball and cleared with inches to spare.

Vardy has scored in six of his last seven starts for club and country, and was looking to add to his 17 Premier League goals so far this season.

And it proved important, as less than five minutes later, Palace opened the scoring with Wilfried Zaha continuing is rich vein of form.

Watch Ward’s excellent clearance off the line below.


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