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Posted Sun 15 May 16 at 18:15 PM

Report: Chelsea 1 Leicester City 1

Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 15 May, 2016. 

- Leicester City drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to finish the season 10 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table 
- Cesc Fabregas broke the deadlock on 66 minutes from the penalty spot 
- A superb strike from Danny Drinkwater made it 1-1 with eight minutes to play 
- Claudio Ranieri made two changes to the side that beat Everton last time out 

Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City drew 1-1 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to finish the 2015/16 season 10 points clear at the top of the table. 

It was a thoroughly entertaining encounter and after a goalless first half, it was the hosts who would take the lead through midfielder Cesc Fabregas from the penalty spot. 

But Leicester rallied and after carving out numerous opportunities to equalise, Danny Drinkwater was the man to earn a point for the Foxes. 

It was a truly superb strike from the England international, who set himself 25 yards from goal before beating Thibaut Courtois from range with a brilliant effort. 
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The Foxes headed to the home of the 2014/15 champions looking to protect their excellent record of losing just three times all season, while Chelsea were aiming to record their first win in four Premier League games. 

There was a fitting reception from the home fans for City’s stars and former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, who made two changes to the side that dispatched Everton 3-1 last weekend. 

The Italian handed Demarai Gray his first Premier League start, while Danny Drinkwater returned from suspension in midfield – Marc Albrighton and Shinji Okazaki the men who made way. 

The first real opportunity of the game fell to Chelsea forward Pedro, who flashed an effort just wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s upright on seven minutes, having seen a shot blocked just a few minutes earlier. 

Leicester responded well, as Branislav Ivanovic was on hand to cut out former Chelsea youngster Andy King’s dangerous cross from the left, before Premier League Player of the Season Jamie Vardy drilled wide with his left foot shortly after. 
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City – initially operating a forward three of Riyad Mahrez, Vardy and Gray – continued to threaten and it was Gray who came closest next, curling wide of the mark just after the quarter-hour mark. 

Cesar Azpilicueta turned another Gray effort behind midway through the first period, before the former Birmingham City wideman forced Courtois into a low stop a minute later. 

A combination of Schmeichel and Wes Morgan then kept the hosts at bay, as the Denmark stopper first raced out to halt Pedro, before the City skipper blocked Bertrand Traore’s follow-up.

Schmeichel was again on hand just after the half-hour mark, standing strong to deny Fabregas at the front post, while Courtois did well to deny Vardy at the other end as the game started to open up. 

And the City ‘keeper pulled off an even better save on 39 minutes, getting a huge left hand in the way of a shot from Willian that looked destined to curl into the bottom corner of the net. 

Two stops from Schmeichel arrived in quick succession, with the first turning a low Fabregas drive away, before the City goalkeeper clawed Baba’s deflected shot from out of the top corner – an action that brought to an end a goalless but entertaining first half. 
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City started the second period with real intent, with shots from Vardy and half-time substitute Jeffrey Schlupp halted within the opening five minutes. 

Skipper Morgan was alert to put in a fine challenge on the inbound Tammy Abraham 10 minutes into the second half, while Courtois collected substitute Okazaki’s neat flick at the other end. 

But after several opportunities to take the lead, it was Chelsea who would break the deadlock from the spot through Fabregas after Schlupp had felled Nemanja Matic in the box. 

Okazaki flicked Christian Fuchs’ corner to the front post wide just a minute later, before Mahrez sent a low drive from the edge of the box straight at Courtois with 77 minutes on the clock. 

The Foxes continued their search for an equaliser, with N’Golo Kanté next curling off target from distance after cutting inside from the left, before Drinkwater eventually found the back of the net. 
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The England international midfielder collected the ball in the centre of the pitch, took a touch to settle himself and rattled in from 25 yards for his second strike of the season. 

Courtois then held onto Schlupp’s powerful drive with two minutes to play, while a curling effort from Abraham sailed wide of Schmeichel’s upright in injury time. 

That proved to be the final major action of a fixture that brought to an end a remarkable season that saw City finish 10 points clear at the Premier League summit. 

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic (c) (Tomori 60), Cahill, Azpilicueta, Baba, Fabregas, Hazard, Traore (Abraham 53), Pedro (Loftus-Cheek 53), Matic, Willian 

SUBS NOT USED: Begovic, Oscar, Pato, Kenedy 

GOAL: Fabregas pen 66 

CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté, King (Schlupp 46), Mahrez (Albrighton 80), Gray (Okazaki 46), Vardy 

SUBS NOT USED: Schwarzer, Amartey, Chilwell, Ulloa 

GOAL: Drinkwater 82 

ATTENDANCE: 41,494 

REFEREE: Craig Pawson
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