Controversial penalty sees Leicester stretch their lead to 8 points


Leicester managed to get out of the jail after Leonardo Ulloa smartly converted a penalty won by Jeff Schlupp late in 94th minute of the game. The penalty allowed Leicester to draw the game against West Ham at 2-2 and stretch their lead at the top to 8 points.

Tottenham play tomorrow and if Spurs do win on a Monday night against Stoke, then the gap would be cut down to 5 points. In the longer scheme of things, Leicester would ideally be happy with the point earned and look to finish the job in coming matches.

Referee Jon Moss had a shocker tonight where he got all the big decisions wrong including Jamie Vardy’s red card after the striker tangled with Angelo Ogbonna and went down. Referee deemed it as a foul and sent the striker off for his second bookable offense.

Vardy’s first yellow card in the game wasn’t a bookable offense either. Before his first card, Vardy had given Leicester a well deserved lead after a swift counter attack involving Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.

With the goal, Vardy pulled level with Harry Kane on 22 goals and has brought himself back in the golden boot race. However, striker saw his fate sealed on 56th minute after being sent off. Since the red card, West Ham grew in the game and looked more dangerous on set pieces and crosses.

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Their pressure eventually paid off in an unexpected way when Wes Morgan’s alleged foul on Winston Reid was seen worthy of a penalty and Hammers drew level with Andy Carroll smartly finishing the chance on 84th minute.

Leicester looked under the cosh and were holding on for a point, however, Aaron Cresswell had other ideas when struck an unstoppable volley past Schmeichel. King Power Stadium had started to get that sinking feeling of “Is this the game where our slide begins“?

The Foxes had not lost for last 7 games and it looked like the moment their title march had finally come up short. However, ref Jon Moss was not done yet, he had one poor decision left in him and it came when Jeff Schlupp rolled over after slightest of touches from Andy Carroll.

Ref pointed to the spot, Ulloa stepped up and scored the most crucial goal of Leicester’s season and subsequently won the most important point of the season for his team.

The game will be remembered for all the poor decisions made by the ref, but amid all of that, Leicester have now pulled 8 points clear at the top and will once again ask Spurs to reply when they take on Stoke tomorrow night.

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