Vardy and Mahrez Mesmerize Chelsea as Leicester go top

Two goals in each half from magicians Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez was enough for Leicester City to go back on top of the Premier League table as Chelsea go a point above the relegation zone after a 1-2 defeat to the Foxes at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

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Jamie Vardy - Riyadh Mahrez
Jamie Vardy - Riyadh Mahrez

The irrepressible Leicester took the game to the defending champions right from the blast forcing a save from Thibaut Courtois in the 2nd minute. Riyadh Mahrez cut in from the right, turned two Chelsea defenders and fired outside the box, but the Blues goalkeeper managed to save the situation.

Leicester City
Leicester City
Leicester City was dealt a blow in the 15th minute when Danny Drinkwater hobbled off the field with a hamstring and had to be replaced by Andy King.

Courtois rescued Chelsea again in the 18th minute when he saved another shot from Mahrez. Eden Hazard could also not continue after a Jamie Vardy’s challenge on the Belgian winger forcing Jose Mourinho to bring on Pedro Rodriguez.

The King Power Stadium was set agog in the 33rd minute when Jamie Vardy connected from Riyadh Mahrez curler into the box. Mahrez ghosted from the right, sends a timely pass to Vardy who steals in between John Terry and Kurt Zouma to tap in his 15th goal of the season.

Chelsea came close in the 36th minute but Nemanja Matic’s header from Willian’s corner kick hit the top of the cross bar.

Claudio Ranieri’s astonishing season with Leicester gained prominence when the home side increased their lead with just two minutes into the second half through Riyadh Mahrez.

The nimble footed Algerian winger closed down on Chelsea’s right fullback Azpilicueta, danced him left and right in the box before finally unleashing the ball straight into the roof of the net.

With a ninth, lose staring at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho quickly had to bring on Cesc Fabregas for John Terry as the Blues lines up in a 3-5-2 tactical formation.

Leicester City’s goalie Kasper Schmeichel went down to deny Diego Costa in the 62nd minute when the Spanish striker found himself one-on-one with the son of former Manchester United shot stopper Peter Schmeichel.
Cesc Fabregas also came close in the 66th minute but his close range header was well saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Marc Albrighton picked Mahrez with a looping pass, but Thibaut Courtois punched the Algerian effort.

Substitute Loic Remy pulled one back for the Blues in the 77th minute. The French striker raced onto Pedro’s cross from the left to get in the header which Schmeichel had no answer.

Chelsea enjoyed much of the possession in the last ten minutes, but Leicester stayed resolute to make sure they secure their first win over Chelsea since February 2001.

By El-Amisty Nobo/newsghana.com.gh

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