Morgan scores but Leicester celebrations delayed

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May 02, 2016
Leicester's Wes Morgan (second left) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Leicester at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester yesterday. (AP Photo)
Southampton's Sadio Mane, left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game, with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe heart at right, during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Marys, in Southampton, yesterday. (AP Photo)
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart dives at the feet of Southampton's Sadio Mane, right and Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi, during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Marys, in Southampton, yesterday. (AP Photo)
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MANCHESTER, (AP):

Leicester missed its first opportunity to clinch the Premier League title, drawing 1-1 at Manchester United yesterday to move within two points of the most unlikely championship in English football in a generation.

Second-place Tottenham, which are eight points behind Leicester, must beat Chelsea away today to keep alive the title race.

Leicester fought back at Old Trafford after going behind to Anthony Martial's eighth-minute goal, with captain Wes Morgan heading in a free kick to equalise in the 17th. Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater was sent off in the 86th for a second yellow card.

A win would have sealed the title for Leicester, a modest team from central England that narrowly escaped relegation last season and entered bankruptcy protection only seven years ago while in the third tier. Leicester's remaining games are against Everton at home next weekend and Chelsea away on the final day of the season, but it might not go that far.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was flying to his native Italy later Sunday to visit his 96-year-old mother. He will return today, during the Chelsea-Spurs match.

United's failure to win kept the team fifth and dented its ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League. But this game was all about Leicester, and whether Ranieri's team a 5,000-1 long-shot for the title with British bookmakers before the season could achieve the seemingly impossible feat that would rank among the biggest underdog stories in sports.

Southampton ease past distracted Manchester City 4-2 in EPL. Sadio ManE scored a hat- trick. The Senegal forward struck in the 28th, 57th and 68th minutes at St. Mary's Stadium after Shane Long scored the opener for the Saints. Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed a goal in each half for City.

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