Le­ices­ter closer to ti­tle win

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Le­ices­ter City moved to within two points of the Premier League ti­tle af­ter hold­ing Manch­ester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Traf­ford - and will clinch it to­day if Tot­ten­ham fail to beat Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge. The Foxes re­cov­ered well from a shaky start, dur­ing which they went be­hind af­ter eight min­utes when An­thony Mar­tial drilled home a near-post fin­ish from An­to­nio Va­len­cia’s cross.

Clau­dio Ranieri’s side demon­strated the strength of pur­pose that has be­come their trade­mark this sea­son when cap­tain Wes Mor­gan out­mus­cled United’s de­fend­ers to head the equaliser past David de Gea nine min­utes later. Both sides had penalty ap­peals turned down when United’s Mar­cos Rojo blocked off Riyad Mahrez and when Le­ices­ter’s Danny Drinkwa­ter was sent off late on af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card for drag­ging back Mem­phis De­pay, with ref­eree Michael Oliver rul­ing it was right on the edge of the area.

Le­ices­ter’s sup­port­ers cel­e­brated long and loud af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle but this was a blow to United’s hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League as they now stand four points be­hind fourth-placed Manch­ester City with only three games left.

Le­ices­ter City did not quite com­plete the for­mal­i­ties of the great­est story the Premier League has ever told - but it surely will not be long be­fore they can of­fi­cially cel­e­brate this spec­tac­u­lar tri­umph. Manch­ester United man­ager Louis van Gaal gave his coun­ter­part Ranieri a warm, al­most con­grat­u­la­tory, greet­ing at the fi­nal whis­tle, while those home fans still in­side the sta­dium rose to ap­plaud Le­ices­ter’s play­ers as they made their way to the dress­ing room. It was an­other sign of the wave of good­will that has ac­com­pa­nied Ranieri and his play­ers on this mo­men­tous jour­ney.

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