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Leicester City 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Foxes miss chance to maximise league lead

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Leicester City 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Foxes miss chance to maximise league lead

Claudio Ranieri's league leaders were unable to repeat last Saturday's late dramatics against relegation threatened West Brom at King Power Stadium

West Brom checked Leicester City's Premier League title bid as Craig Gardner's superb second-half free-kick earned a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Claudio Ranieri's men edge three points ahead of Tottenham, who will move to the summit on goal difference if they win at West Ham on Wednesday.

Leicester were dominant for much of the first half, but fell behind in the 11th minute when Salomon Rondon breached them for the first time in a Premier League home match since Loic Remy's consolation goal for Chelsea on December 14.

Danny Drinkwater's deflected effort meant City became the first top-flight side to bring up 50 league goals this season and the superb Riyad Mahrez set up Andy King – in for the injured and influential N'Golo Kante in midfield – with an exquisite touch to score on the stroke of the interval.

Mahrez erred with a handball that Gardner emphatically punished and Leicester could not replicate the last-gasp weekend winner Leonardo Ulloa netted against Norwich City despite a flurry of late pressure.

King fired over when West Brom failed to clear a 10th-minute set-piece, but the visitors broke the deadlock less than 60 seconds later.

Rondon scampered beyond Robert Huth to latch on to Darren Fletcher's pass and slid a shot through Kasper Schmeichel's legs in composed fashion.

The two attacking stars of Leicester's title bid both strived to find an equaliser - Mahrez dancing through a succession of challenges until West Brom's massed ranks scrambled back to block, before he centred for Jamie Vardy to head into Ben Foster's arms.

Leicester's response arrived from a more unlikely source in the 30th minute when Drinkwater speculatively took aim from 30 yards and his strike spun off Jonas Olsson and into the top corner.

Following his second goal of the campaign, Drinkwater turned provider and Vardy headed his chipped left-wing cross against the crossbar.

The second goal Leicester's first-half dominance deserved came in stoppage time when Mahrez had the presence of mind to direct a stunning backheel flick from Marc Albrighton's cross-field ball into King's path for a clinical first-time finish.

Five minutes into the second period, West Brom were level through a goal of comparable quality – Gardner launching a curling and dipping 25-yard free-kick over the Leicester wall that left Schmeichel with no chance.

In the 56th minute, Albrighton tormented Albion right-back Craig Dawson to clip in wonderful cross that Shinji Okazaki crashed on to the crossbar.

The irrepressible Vardy harried Gareth McAuley out of possession on the left touchline and drove in field to force Foster to save with his boot at his near post.

The visitors retreated to their own area as time ticked down - Wes Morgan thudded a shot into Foster from close range and, on the last attack, Ulloa missed his kick and the chance to be Leicester's saviour all over again.

West Brom are 13th, 12 points better off than third-bottom Norwich, and remaining trips to Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham might allow Tony Pulis to have a further say in the title race.

Live Commentary

  •  
     
    FULL TIME! West Brom manage to hold Leicester to a 2-2 draw at the King Power, with goals from Rondon and Gardner frustrating the Foxes. Drinkwater and King fired home for Ranieri's men, who drop two points in the title race this evening. Pulis will be pleased with a hard-fought point against the league leaders. That's all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
  • 90'+3'
     
    Mahrez angles a header into the six-yard box, but Ulloa can't make contact! The loose ball bobbles across the face of goal and just beyond the far upright, with nobody in blue present to stab home a close-range finish!
  • 90'+3'
     
    SubstitutionStéphane Sessègnon Sandro Ranieri Guimarães Cordeiro
    Sandro is introduced, with Sessegnon jogging off.
  • 90'+2'
     
    SubstitutionJosé Salomón Rondón Giménez Victor Chinedu Anichebe
    Rondon jogs off for the away side, with Anichebe coming into the clash for the dying embers of the game. Merely a timewasting exercise, you would think.
  • 90'+2'
     
    Delivery after delivery is being whipped into the West Brom penalty area, but it's all hands to the pump for the Baggies! Schlupp sees a shot charged down, before an overhead-kick effort from Mahrez balloons some way over the crossbar.
  • 90'+1'
     
    We're into the first of three minutes of stoppage time at the King Power.
  • 89'
     
    Mahrez curls in another free-kick from the right, but Chester rises well to head clear! A secondary delivery is nodded out of harm's way by McAuley, with the Baggies continuing to weather the storm brilliantly. Pulis' men are holding on for a point here.
  • 88'
     
    Yellow Card Claudio Ariel Yacob
    Yacob picks up a very deserved yellow card for a cynical tackle on Mahrez.
  • 87'
     
    Wide from Ulloa! The former Brighton striker is picked out by a curling Mahrez free-kick delivery, but can only send a glancing effort across the face of goal! The Foxes are desperately pushing on, but this could be beyond them! A quick West Brom break is denied by a neat interception from Drinkwater.
  • 86'
     
    FOSTER MAKES THE SAVE! The ex-Watford goalkeeper spreads himself at his near post, with Morgan being denied from a tight angle! The Jamaica international profits from a poor touch from Olsson, but can only fire a close-range effort straight at the visiting shot-stopper.
  • 85'
     
    Gray tries to curl a cross in from the left, but the substitute's delivery is easily blocked. Leicester are setting up camp in the opposition half, with Drinkwater forcing a corner out of McAuley due to firing a cross in at an awkward height. The resulting set-piece is cleared with ease.
  • 84'
     
    Gray looks to skip beyond Chester, but ends up blocking off the former Hull City defender in the process. West Brom are dropping very deep indeed, with Rondon left as an isolated presence up top. Pulis' men aren't to be drawn too far out.
  • 83'
     
    SubstitutionCraig Gardner James McClean
    McClean comes into the game for the away side, with Gardner taking his leave. The former Sunderland winger will provide some late drive from deep.
  • 82'
     
    Yet another back-post cross from the hosts finds no target, as the Foxes turn the screw. Ranieri is looking increasingly frantic on the sideline, with the Italian coach gesticulating wildly. All eyes are on the home side to turn this one around.
  • 80'
     
    Only 10 minutes remain in this contest, with the home fans continuing to urge their players towards what would be a huge three points. Leicester are looking to force the issue and are dominating possession, but West Brom remain a fleeting danger on the counter.
  • 79'
     
    SubstitutionChristian Fuchs Demarai Gray
    Fuchs is substituted by Ranieri, with Gray brought into the game. The ex-Birmingham winger will play on the right, with Mahrez swapping wings. 
  • 78'
     
    Good block from McAuley! Vardy is fed possession into feet, with the ex-Fleetwood striker flicking a back-heeled pass around the corner for Schlupp to chase. The substitute drills a low cross towards the near post, but the aforementioned Northern Ireland international is there to cut it out.
  • 76'
     
    Just over the bar from Gardner! Once again, the ex-Sunderland man shoots from long-range, but his effort dips just over the bar. Only a quarter of an hour remains for either side to get their noses back in front.
  • 74'
     
    Gardner takes aim from range once again, but the Baggies goalscorer can only send a wicked, swerving effort just beyond the top-right corner! Schmeichel looked a little bit flummoxed there. Schlupp is fed down the left-hand side, before a deflected cross finds King, but the Welshman's delivery towards the back post is cut out easily.
  • 72'
     
    Wide from Huth! The ex-Chelsea defender rises well at the back post, but can only guide a back-post header wide of the upright. West Brom lead a break as a response, but Simpson is penalised for a cynical push on Sessegnon.
  • 71'
     
    Time is ticking down, with nerves perhaps coming into the equation at this late stage of the game at the King Power. Vardy manages to rob McAuley of the ball in a dangerous area, before driving into the box, but the Englishman can only force an easy save out of Foster at his near upright!
  • 69'
     
    Schlupp and Fuchs combine down the left flank, before Drinkwater spreads play to Mahrez. The Leicester wide man looks to clip a diagonal pass towards the back post, but it zips off the turf and straight behind for a goal-kick.
  • 67'
     
    The home fans are really getting behind their side at the minute, with there real belief that the Foxes are going to pull through with another late goal. West Brom are doing a good job of keeping the hosts quiet in this second half, with Vardy not having a sight of goal.
  • 65'
     
    Schlupp is set possession back on the edge of the penalty area, but the substitute can only fire a low strike into the body of Foster! The West Brom goalkeeper gobbles up the loose ball at a second attempt. Moments later, some pinball in the six-yard box sees Rondon hook a close-range finish wildly over the bar.
  • 63'
     
    SubstitutionMarc Albrighton Jeffrey Schlupp
    Schlupp comes in on the left-hand side, despite Albrighton causing some real problems throughout this clash.
  • 63'
     
    SubstitutionShinji Okazaki José Leonardo Ulloa
    Ulloa is brought into the fray by Ranieri, with the Argentine striker offering a more bullish option against a physical Baggies back line.
  • 63'
     
    Gardner curls a poor corner delivery into the box, but West Brom win another moments later. McAuley flicks on at the near post, but the the ball sails way beyond the far upright. Despite being considered underdogs, the Baggies are edging towards an unlikely third goal of the evening.
  • 61'
     
    Berahino leads a break down the right-hand side, but then places a terrible throughball too far ahead of the onrushing Sessegnon. The referee pulls play back for a trip on the former, with Fuchs cynically clipping his marker's heels. The resulting free-kick delivery is headed behind for a corner by Morgan.
  • 60'
     
    Leicester win themselves a corner on the right flank, but Okazaki is beaten to the delivery at the near post. Moments later, Mahrez tries to scamper around Fletcher, but the Scotland international stands up the hosts' star winger brilliantly. This contest really could swing in either direction.
  • 58'
     
    LEICESTER HIT THE WOODWORK! Albrighton curls a dangerous cross in from the left byline, with Okazaki rising brilliantly! The Japan international looks to power a header into the back of the net, but the ball cannons off the crossbar and over the top!
  • 56'
     
    Gardner shoots from the left-hand side, but the Baggies goalscorer drags a low drive just beyond the near post! He apologises to his teammates, but he really should have taken a different option there. 
  • 54'
     
    Narrowly over half an hour remains in this contest, with the Foxes needing another goal to keep themselves in pole position for the title race. Rondon manages to hold the ball up on the left-hand side, but Morgan stands up to his man physically, before snatching possession away.
  • 52'
     
    Drinkwater finds Vardy with a pass into the penalty area, before an eventual cross from Albrighton is claimed by Foster! Leicester try to reply immediately, but the Foxes are having a tough time of breaking down the resilient visitors.
  • 50'
     
    Goal Craig Gardner
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! GARDNER CURLS IN AN EQUALISER! The former Aston Villa midfielder takes aim from the resulting dead-ball situation, swinging a lovely finish into the top-left corner! Schmeichel didn't even move! Sumptuous stuff from the Baggies midfielder!
  • 49'
     
    Dawson whip a cross in from the right-hand side, with Gardner taking down a neat touch with his chest deep in the penalty area. His second, however, escapes from him, with the Foxes able to clear their lines. Moments later, the Baggies win a free-kick from 25 yards out.
  • 48'
     
    Sessegnon plays a terrible pass back to the edge of his penalty area, but Olsson responds quickly to block Okazaki off! McAuley deals with the loose ball well. Leicester are immediately pressing on and looking to get another goal out of this contest.
  • 46'
     
    We are back underway in the second half! Ranieri's men are looking on course for another three points in the Premier League, despite the Baggies making things awkward with an early opening goal.
  •  
     
    HALF-TIME! Leicester score in stoppage time to turn things around at the King Power, with West Brom losing control in the dying embers of the first half. Rondon opened the scoring, but goals from Drinkwater and King have turned things around for Ranieri's men. 
  • 45'+1'
     
    Assist Riyad Mahrez
    Mahrez cushions a first-time volleyed pass inside to his onrushing teammate, with the coolest of approaches.
  • 45'+1'
     
    Goal Andy King
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! KING MAKES IT 2-1! The Wales international turns things around on the stroke of half-time for the hosts! After a lovely touch inside from Mahrez, the Leicester midfielder guides the calmest of finishes inside the far upright and beyond a hopeless Foster.
  • 44'
     
    Sessegnon tries to catch Schmeichel off his line with a cross-cum-shot from the right-hand side, but it embarrassingly loops its way out for a throw-in at the far touchline. Leicester respond with a counter down the left flank, but a cross from Albrighton is gathered up simply by Foster.
  • 42'
     
    Mahrez tries to dribble his way down the right-hand side, but Gardner and Chester double up well to frustrate the Algeria international. Moments later, the same Leicester winger darts infield, before curling a terrible left-footed effort well wide of the top corner!
  • 40'
     
    Sessegnon drives down the right-hand side, but Fuchs stands up his man well. Possession is clipped to the edge of the penalty area, but Rondon and Berahino fail to combine in order to give each other enough space to loose off a shot. Only five minutes remain in the first half.
  • 38'
     
    VARDY HITS THE BAR! The England international takes aim from merely 10 yards out, but can only direct a close-range header onto the woodwork! Albrighton clips in a deflected cross, but his teammate can't take full advantage. Foster was rooted to the spot! West Brom head up the other end, but Gardner fails to make contact with a fizzing delivery.
  • 36'
     
    Mahrez is constantly the target of a big switch out to the right-hand side, but Chester has done well to be alive to the omnipresent danger. Leicester break down the left, with Albrighton and Drinkwater combining well. The former curls a cross in towards the back post, but is caught offside in the process.
  • 34'
     
    Gardner breaks down the left flank and manages to hassle Simpson into giving away a throw-in. The move results in a dipping delivery from the left sailing directly out of play for a goal-kick. The Baggies haven't offered a great deal in terms of chance creation thus far.
  • 32'
     
    Yellow Card Stéphane Sessègnon
    Sessegnon gets a yellow card for dissent, with the Benin international needing to be very careful with how he reacts to the referee from now on.
  • 32'
     
    The opening half an hour has been very high-octane indeed, with the hosts now deservedly level. Drinkwater's effort may not have been entirely of his own craft, but the Foxes have been forcing the issue since conceding the opening goal of the evening.
  • 30'
     
    Goal Danny Drinkwater
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! DRINKWATER MAKES IT 1-1! The ex-Manchester United midfielder takes aim from around 30 yards out, with the Englishman's shot taking a very wicked deflection on its way towards Foster's net! The touch off Olsson loops over Foster and into the back of the net!
  • 30'
     
    Assist Andy King
    King sets a pass back to his goalscoring teammate, with a huge deflection doing most of the work for him.
  • 29'
     
    Vardy is denied at the near post by a neat Foster block, with the Foxes earning themselves a set-piece as a result. It is taken short, with Mahrez feeding Albrighton into the box, but his delivery is well blocked. Ranieri's side are piling on the pressure, but to no avail.
  • 27'
     
    Mahrez beats Chester down the right, before whipping in a dipping cross, but Vardy can only flick a tame header into the awaiting grasp of Foster. The ex-Manchester United shot-stopper hasn't been asked to do anything out of the ordinary at the King Power thus far.
  • 25'
     
    Mahrez pokes a ball down the line for Drinkwater to chase, with the ex-Manchester United midfielder firing a low cross into the danger zone! Olsson is there to make a vital block. Moments later, the Sweden international throws himself into a sliding tackle to deny Mahrez inside his own penalty area.
  • 23'
     
    Leicester have seen plenty of the ball, but Pulis' side are set up to frustrate this evening. With Fletcher and Yacob sat decidely deep, the Baggies also boast four central defenders who are posted narrowly across their own 18-yard box. Mahrez and Vardy are finding it tough to drift into pockets of space or get in behind.
  • 21'
     
    As it stands, Spurs could take top spot in the Premier League with a win against West Ham tomorrow, but the Foxes still have more than an hour to turn things around. There's a good atmosphere in the King Power, but the quality of attacking football hasn't quite been there from Ranieri's personnel. One mistake from Huth has been ruthlessly exploited.
  • 19'
     
    Albrighton looks to thread a ball in behind Chester for Mahrez to chase, but the ex-Hull defender steps out to make a neat interception. With West Brom sitting so deep at present, Leicester's pacey options are finding it very hard to find space to exploit. After conceding first, this problem has only been exacerbated. Okazaki shoots from range, but only finds the stands behind Foster's goal.
  • 17'
     
    Albrighton drives down the left-hand side, but can only curl a terrible delivery straight out of play for a goal-kick. Ranieri is prowling his technical area, with the Foxes not quite getting into gear in this opening 20 minutes. West Brom have pounced and now have something to cling onto.
  • 15'
     
    A long, searching ball looks for Okazaki, but simply ends up in Foster's clutches. This contest has been fairly end-to-end and is being played at a quick tempo, but Pulis will definitely be the happier of the two coaches in terms of the current scoreline. One opportunity has been efficiently taken by the Baggies.
  • 13'
     
    Okazaki manages to win a throw-in from Olsson on the right-hand side. The Foxes earn themselves a corner moments later, with a back-post header from Huth powered goalwards! Okazaki gets in front of Foster and tries to flick an improvised close-range finish beyond the former Watford goalkeeper, but the Japan international succeeds only in flicking the ball over the crossbar.
  • 11'
     
    Assist Darren Fletcher
    Fletcher slides a pass into the right channel for his teammate to chase, which Huth simply doesn't deal with.
  • 11'
     
    Goal José Salomón Rondón Giménez
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! RONDON MAKES IT 1-0! West Brom lead against the league leaders! The ex-Zenit forward drives into the penalty area, after shaking off a half-hearted challenge from Huth, before squeezing a low finish under the onrushing Schmeichel and into the back of the net! Shock on the cards here.
  • 10'
     
    Rondon sends a looping pass out to Gardner on the left-hand side, but the ex-Villa midfielder is forced backwards. Another low ball is fed into the aforementioned Venezuelan striker, but a neat flick to Berahino is cut out.
  • 9'
     
    Yacob brings down Mahrez, with the tricky Algerian winger already drawing some ire from the visiting midfield. The Baggies are dropping deep, with driving runs from the Leicester star causing problems on the edge of a congested penalty area. The resulting free-kick is looped towards the back post, but King fires way over on the half-volley!
  • 7'
     
    Chances have been few and far between early on, with West Brom trying to keep things tight and then launch direct passes into Rondon. Berahino manages to win an advanced throw-in from Huth, but Dawson's eventual cross into the box is pulled back due to handball from Sessegnon in the build-up. Scrappy stuff from Pulis' men thus far.
  • 5'
     
    Rondon tries to run in behind enemy lines, but the Venezuela international is stopped by a raised offside flag. Leicester respond with a looping cross in from the left flank, but Chester heads clear. Ranieri's men aren't afraid to throw some percentage balls into the box early on. The hosts are being asked to have more possession than usual.
  • 3'
     
    Mahrez does well to beat Yacob with a neat body feint, but the Argentine midfielder recovers well to dispossess the Algerian winger at the byline. Leicester keep their pressure on, with Okazaki trying to whip in a cross in towards Vardy from the right, but McAuley heads clear. Positive start from the Foxes!
  • 1'
     
    We are underway in the first half at the King Power! The hosts are looking to keep their excellent form going, with their sights now set on the Premier League title. West Brom, meanwhile, will be trying to spoil Ranieri's party.
  •  
     
    West Brom substitutes: Anichebe, Myhill, McClean, Gamboa, Lambert, Pritchard, Sandro.
  •  
     
    West Brom starting line-up (4-4-2): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Chester; Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner; Rondon, Berahino.
  •  
     
    Leicester substitutes: Amartey, Schlupp, Gray, Ulloa, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler.
  •  
     
    Leicester starting line-up (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
  •  
     
    TEAM NEWS: Pulis opts for the usual approach of naming four centre-backs in his defensive line, with James Chester at left-back. Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner may also struggle to offer width in midfield, with Darren Fletcher and Claudio Yacob offering tenacity and experience in the middle of the park. Saido Berahino will form a striking partnership with Salomon Rondon.
  •  
     
    TEAM NEWS: Danny Simpson returns at right-back for the hosts, with N'Golo Kante missing out in midfield due to injury. Andy King will partner Danny Drinkwater in the central midfield hub, with Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton providing width. Shinji Okazaki is chosen to partner Jamie Vardy up top, despite Leonardo Ulloa's late winner against Norwich.
  •  
     
    Leicester are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight home games and come into this clash on a run of three consecutive victories. Claudio Ranieri's men have also kept a run of five consecutive clean sheets in front of their own fans.The form book doesn't point towards the Baggies getting more than a share of the spoils tonight.
  •  
     
    Hello and welcome to one of the Premier League's evening kick-offs, as Leicester track down another three points in the title race! Currently, the Foxes are two points clear at the summit of the English top flight, with Spurs breathing down their necks. West Brom are the visitors at the King Power Stadium, but have only won one of their last eight games on the road in league action.
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