Leicester celebrations delayed in 1-1 draw at ‘theatre of dreams’

first_imgMANCHESTER (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.last_img read more

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