Premier League round-up: Leicester held at home and Chelsea move five points off fifth

1 Mar

Leicester 2-2 West Brom


Tottenham Hotspur have the opportunity to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday night as Leicester were held at home to West Brom in a thrilling match at the King Power Stadium.

Salomon Rondon opened the scoring against the league leaders as shrugged off Robert Huth before slipping the ball through the legs of Kasper Schmeichel as Leicester conceded their first home goal since December 14.

Danny Drinkwater equalised after 30 minutes with a massively deflected effort before a touch of genius from Riyad Mahrez set up Andy King to stroke the ball home on the stroke of half time.

Craig Gardner drew the Baggies level the other side of the break with a whipped free kick which flew into the top corner with a helpless Schmeichel rooted to the spot.

Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki both saw headers cannon off the crossbar in either half but the Foxes missed a chance to extend their lead at the top.

Norwich 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea continued their march up the table as victory over Norwich left the Blues only five points off Manchester United in fifth.

Kenedy opened the scoring after only 39 seconds – the fastest in the Premier League this season – when he drove his shot into the bottom corner after Eden Hazard’s pass.

Diego Costa double the lead before half time when he lifted the ball over the onrushing John Ruddy, but replays showed it should have been ruled out with the Spaniard a yard or two offside.

Cameron Jerome hit the crossbar in the second half for Norwich before Nathan Redmond did pull one back when he beat Thibaut Courtois at the near post.

Aston Villa 1-3 Everton

Floods of Aston Villa fans headed for the exit doors earlier than originally planned after a dismal display at home to Everton.

Ramiro Funes Mori opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a header from Kevin Mirallas’ corner before the Belgian winger set up Aaron Lennon to double the lead on the half-hour mark.

Villa won their first corner in three games but sent it straight out for a goal kick before Lukaku sealed the points with Everton’s third, which sparked a mass exodus ten minute earlier than the planned 74th minute walkout.

Villa did pull one consolatory goal back when Rudy Gestede headed in from Jordan Veretout’s cross, but it was too little too late for the Villans.

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace

Fabio Borini came off the bench to earn a point for Sunderland and deny Crystal Palace a first league win since December 19.

Dame N’Doye gave the Black Cats the lead to lift them out of the bottom three briefly when his 25-yard shot was deflected past Wayne Hennessey.

However it was the Connor Wickham show after half time as he scored twice in six minutes – his first an angled shot which rattled in off the post and the second a thunderous volley from five yards out.

Substitute Borini grabbed a late equaliser for Sam Allardyce’s side to earn a share of the points with a low shot from a tight angle across the face of the goal and move his team out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Bournemouth 2-0 Southampton

Bournemouth beat south coast rivals Southampton to move eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Steve Cook opened the scoring after 31 minutes when he made the most of a chaotic free kick by scissor-kicking the ball home.

And Benik Afobe made certain of the points at the end when he met Matt Ritchie’s cross at the near post to header in.

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