Wednesday, March 2, 2016 1:24 am
West Bromwich Albion was able to checkmate Leicester City’s Barclays Premier League title bid as Craig Gardner’s superb second-half free-kick earned a 2-2 draw .
Claudio Ranieri’s men edge three points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who will move to the summit on goal difference if they win at West Ham United 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 league home match since Loic Remy’s consolation goal for Chelsea on 14 December.
Danny Drinkwater’s deflected effort meant Leicester 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 just before the interval.
Mahrez’s handball was emphatically punished by Gardner and Leicester could not replicate the last-gasp weekend winner Leonardo Ulloa netted against Norwich City despite a flurry of late pressure.
In other matches:
*Chelsea beat Norwich 1-2
* Everton defeated Aston Villa, 1-3,,
* Crystal Palace drew 2-2 with Sunderland
* Bournemouth used home advantage to beat Southampton