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Chelsea dash Leicester's top-four hopes

Advantage Liverpool as Chelsea dash Leicester's top-four hopes in dramatic clash

May 18, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Blues successfully avenged their FA Cup defeat to the Foxes in their penultimate fixture of the season.

Chelsea Football Club secured revenge over Leicester City for the FA Cup final defeat by beating them 2-1 in Tuesday's Premier League encounter. The win for the Blues has put the Foxes on the brink of being kicked out of the top-four with fifth-placed Liverpool lurking in the shadows.

It was a memorable return for the Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge following the long absence necessiated by the rise in coronavirus cases across the globe. Although the winning margin could have been greater, the fans will run along with the result that has seen their side climb into third position on the league log. However, their nerves could have been calmed earlier but for the Video Assistant Referee that prevented Timo Werner from having two goals to his name.

Nevertheless, Thomas Tuchel's men eventually had their deserved reward with Antonio Rudiger bundling home Ben Chilwell's cross at the far post after none of the players in the box had made any proper contact. With the German firing the Blues in front inside the first 60 seconds of the second half, Jorginho will subsequently double their advantage with a spot-kick in the 66th-minute. The infringement was awarded after Wesley Fofana had brought down Timo Werner inside his side's penalty area.

In the 76th-minute, Kelechi Iheanacho gave Leicester a lifeline following an error by the Chelsea backline. A different narrative was almost scripted but for Ayoze Perez's inability to fnish a glorious goalscoring opportunity on the stroke of full-time. Inside the five minutes of additional team, a scuffle broke out between the two teams which the benches of either sides getting involved, Utimately, the Blues run away as victors to take their points tally to 67 with just a game left to play. A win over Aston Villa should be enough to guarentee Thomas Tuchel's side safe passage into next season's Champions League. On the contrary, a defeat could give both Leicester City and Liverpool the upper-hand once more while dashing the hopes of the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Should Jurgen Klopp's men defeat Burnley on Wednesday, they will usurp Leicester and climb up into the fourth position ahead of the final game of the season against Crystal Palace. Meanwhile the Foxes will be required to defeat Tottenham Hotspur on the final matchday while hoping for either Chelsea or the Reds to slip.

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