Kelichi Iheanacho scored a goal off the bench as Leicester lost 2–1 to Chelsea in the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, putting Chelsea in the driving seat in the race for the UEFA Champions League.
Supported by having 7,999 fans returning, Chelsea looked like a different team from the one that lost to Leicester City just three days earlier in the FA Cup Final where they played with great strength. German striker Timo Werner twice thought he had put Chelsea ahead but the video assistant referee rejected him twice, first for offside and then for handball. Both teams entered the first half level before Chelsea opened the scoring just 96 seconds into the second half as Antonio Rudiger scored from a corner kick. And soon Chelsea added a second in the 66th minute after Jorginho scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Werner in the Leicester City area. Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers turned to Joker Kelichi Iheanacho after Chelsea’s first goal, and introduced him to James Madison an hour later, and it was the striker who cut the lead in favor of the Foxes when his compatriot Wilfred Ndidi grabbed Matteo Kovacic’s pocket and hit the ball. To Iheanacho in the Chelsea penalty area, the striker fired a low shot past the desperate drop of Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy in the 76th minute. This is the third time Ndidi has made a decisive pass for Ihanachu in the league this season. Chelsea ended the match to claim a massive 2-1 victory in the race for the UEFA Champions League next season.
Iheanacho’s goal made him the first man in Premier League history to score a goal every day of the week in a single season, a feat he will probably never meet due to the uniqueness of this season. The defeat to Chelsea saw Leicester drop to fourth place with 66 points, one point behind third-placed Chelsea. The Foxes face Tottenham Hotspur in their last Premier League game of the season.
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