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Leicester City 2-2 Chelsea: Antonio Rudiger goals help Blues take point at King Power

Leicester and Chelsea play out an entertaining Premier League draw in a see-saw encounter at King Power Stadium.
Antonio Rudiger scores for Chelsea

Leicester and Chelsea played out an entertaining Premier League draw in a see-saw encounter at King Power Stadium.

The result means the Foxes stay third in the table, eight points above Chelsea in fourth.

After a largely uneventful first half, the game came to life just after the break when Antonio Rudiger headed Chelsea in front from Mason Mount's corner.

Brendan Rodgers' team levelled eight minutes later, Harvey Barnes' effort deflecting off Blues defender Reece James into the top-right corner.

And Rodgers looked to be heading towards a first win over Chelsea at the 14th attempt as a manager when Ben Chilwell swept a Youri Tielemans cross into the bottom left corner.

But Rudiger's second headed goal of the day - from another Mount delivery - ensured Frank Lampard's side claimed a point.

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Chelsea underline top-four credentials

Chelsea started this match a place higher but eight points worse off than at the corresponding stage last season.

And although Lampard has recently talked of his side being "underdogs" in the race for Champions League qualification, it is difficult to see which teams below them are capable of bridging the gap.

Lampard will have been delighted by the way his side took charge at the start of each half and then, when they fell behind to a transformed Leicester team, had the resolve to fight back to earn a merited point.

The outcome in part also vindicated Lampard's decision to drop the world's most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, in favour of Willy Caballero.

At 38, the Argentine is heading towards the twilight of his career but he made a superb save early on to deny Jamie Vardy his 18th goal of the season and, although his decision to charge away from goal in pursuit of a cross in the build-up to Chilwell's goal was an aberration, he was otherwise solid.

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Line-ups
Leicester
  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 3Chilwell
  • 20Choudhury
  • 17Pérez
  • 8TielemansSubstituted forPraetat 80'minutes
  • 10MaddisonBooked at 61mins
  • 15Barnes
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 80'minutes
Substitutes
  • 2Justin
  • 7Gray
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 26Praet
  • 28Fuchs
Chelsea
  • 13Caballero
  • 24James
  • 4Christensen
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 7Kanté
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 56minsSubstituted forKovacicat 74'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 19Mount
  • 11PedroSubstituted forWillianat 74'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forBarkleyat 83'minutes
Substitutes
  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 3Alonso
  • 8Barkley
  • 10Willian
  • 17Kovacic
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 29Tomori
Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 32,186
Match Stats
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Match ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 2.

Full Time
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Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 2.

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Offside, Leicester City. James Maddison tries a through ball, but Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.

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Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

Booking
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Jonny Evans (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Dennis Praet (Leicester City).

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N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Dennis Praet.

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Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

Substitution
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Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Tammy Abraham.

Substitution
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Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Jamie Vardy.

Substitution
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Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces Youri Tielemans.

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Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a through ball following a fast break.

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Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

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Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Tammy Abraham.

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Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking
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Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

Substitution
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Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces Jorginho.

Substitution
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Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Pedro.

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Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

Goal!
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Goal! Leicester City 2, Chelsea 2. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross following a set piece situation.

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Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

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Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Attempt saved. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Maddison.

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Hand ball by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

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Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).

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Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

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Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

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Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!
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Goal! Leicester City 2, Chelsea 1. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Youri Tielemans with a cross.

Booking
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James Maddison (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

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Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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