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Published: 15:30 | 17/4/16

Ulloa rescues a point for Foxes

Jamie Vardy sent off for simulation

A penalty from Leonardo Ulloa with the last kick of the game helped Leicester rescue a point as they drew 2-2 with West Ham at the King Power stadium.

The hosts took the lead through a trade mark Jamie Vardy strike in the first half, before the striker was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 57th minute.

West Ham then benefitted from another controversial decision and equalised from the penalty spot before taking the lead in the 86th minute.

But Leicester again showed their never say die attitude and equalised in the final seconds to move eight points clear at the top of the table.

West Ham started brightly and they came within inches of an opener after just two minutes.

Dimitri Payet whipped in a free-kick that was met by Cheikhou Kouyate his header was brilliantly tipped onto the base of one post by Kasper Schmeichel before it rolled along the line and hit the base of the other post.

It was all the visitors in the opening exchanges but it was Leicester who almost took the lead with their first attempt after nine minutes.

Marc Albrighton whipped in a good free-kick that was met by Robert Huth but he powered his header inches past the post when he really should have done better.

However, there was no mistake ten minutes later when Vardy opened the scoring.

The brilliant N’Golo Kante raced through the middle and slipped a great ball into the path of Vardy who controlled and made no mistake in firing home to make it 1-0 with Leicester’s first shot on target.

The game rather settled after this as the hosts retreated and looked to hit on the break and it wasn’t until nine minutes before the break that they threatened again.

Wes Morgan met Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick but he was denied by a combination of two defenders as the home side went in 1-0 up at the break.

The second half started much like the first with West Ham having the lion share of possession, but with Leicester looking dangerous on the break.

And they threatened again after 54 minutes when Shinji Okazaki drilled in a low cross towards the back post but it was just inches too far ahead of Vardy.

Then came a huge moment of controversy when Vardy raced clear and tangled with Angelo Ogbonna, the striker went to ground rather theatrically and was shown a second yellow card by referee John Moss and sent off for simulation.

The home side immediately introduced Leandro Ulloa as they began to drop deeper and deeper to defend their lead.

They looked to be sitting comfortably as they game ticked into the final ten minutes but they were undone by another controversial decision.

From a corner, the referee deemed that Wes Morgan fouled Winston Reid and pointed to the penalty spot. Andy Carroll stepped up and slotted home to make it 1-2 with six minutes left.

And the game was turned on its head less than two minutes later when the ball dropped to Aaron Cresswell on the edge of the box and he hit a stunning volley that flew into the top corner to make it 2-1 to the Hammers.

The hosts threw everything forward in the dying minutes as they looked for a way back into the game and they were denied what looked like a penalty when Huth was dragged down in the box.

However, the referee did point to the spot in the final minute of injury time when Andy Carroll fouled Jeffrey Schlupp, although it was another controversial decision.

Leonardo Ulloa stepped up and calmly sent Adrian the wrong way as he slotted home to send Leicester eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

At Dean Court, goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge helped Liverpool to a comfortable 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

Source: ISNTV

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