Leicester drop points in EPL title race


March 02, 2016
West Brom's Saido Berahino (front) shielding the ball from Leicester's Andy King during the English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England yesterday.

LEICESTER, England (AP):

English Premier League (EPL) leaders Leicester dropped two points yesterday in their unlikely bid for the title by drawing 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Craig Gardner curled in a 50th-minute free kick to deny Leicester a win that would have pushed the team provisionally five points clear ahead of games for title rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City today.

Leicester fell behind to a goal by Salomon Rondon in the 11th minute, but roared back when central midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Andy King scored in the 31st and 45th minutes, respectively.

"We should have won the game. They only had a couple of shots and they scored," King said. "We've got that belief, so we always thought we would score. It's disappointing."

goal difference

Second-place Tottenham will climb into first place, on goal difference, if they can beat West Ham away in the second set of fixtures in the 28th round.

Leicester had not conceded at home in 2016 until Rondon ran on to Darren Fletcher's through-ball, shoulder-barged Robert Huth to the ground, and slipped a finish between goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's legs.

Then, after Vardy hit the bar with a header, Marc Albrighton drove a long pass to the far post and Riyad Mahrez flicked the ball down to King, who swept a first-time shot into the far corner. King was only starting because of an injury to first-choice midfielder N'Golo Kante.

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