Danny DrinkwaterÂ’s impressive late strike secured Premier League champions Leicester City a 1-1 final-day draw at Chelsea.
Claudio RanieriÂ’s Foxes were given a guard of honour from last seasonÂ’s champions ahead of the game, but looked on course to end their historic campaign with a defeat when Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot in the second half at Stamford Bridge.
However Drinkwater lashed in a spectacular goal from distance to ensure Leicester a deserved point which sees them finish a massive 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal.
Chelsea had an early penalty appeal rejected on six minutes when WillianÂ’s chip into the area appeared to hit the hand of Christian Fuchs, but the referee waved play on.
A minute later and Pedro got in down the left side of the area and curled a right-foot effort inches past the far post.
The Foxes’ first real opportunity came in the 22nd minute when Riyad Mahrez lifted the ball over the top for Jamie Vardy to run on to but Thibaut Courtois raced off his line and did just enough to put the striker off as he put his effort wide.
Chelsea had another chance on 27 minutes when Pedro beat Kasper Schmeichel to the ball just inside the area and teed up Bertrand Traore but a couple of defenders dived in the way to block his effort towards the goal.
Schmeichel was the hero for Leicester on 40 minutes when he pulled off a fine save to deny Willian, who had played a quick exchange of passes with Fabregas and then fired a curling effort towards the corner of the net.
Chelsea finished the first half strongly with Schmeichel pulling off two good saves in quick succession to deny Fabregas and Baba Rahman respectively, before PedroÂ’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside.
BluesÂ’ substitute Tammy Abraham looked like breaking the deadlock on 55 minutes but Wes Morgan somehow got a foot in to hook the ball away from him as he was about to pull the trigger.
Chelsea did take the lead in the 66th minute when Fabregas sent Schmeichel the wrong way from the penalty spot after Jeff Schlupp brought down Nemanja Matic inside the area.
but Leicester sealed a point in the 82nd minute when Drinkwater was given time and space 30 yards from goal to pick his spot and hit a wonderful strike past Courtois.