Vardy hits late winner as Leicester beat Sheffield

LONDON/ MANCHESTER, DEC 6 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/6/2020 12:56:25 PM IST

Jamie Vardy scored a 90th-minute winner for Leicester 2-1 to break Sheffield United hearts and leave them in a perilous position at the bottom of the Premier League table.

The Blades looked set to secure only their second point of the season when Oli McBurnie scored his first of the campaign after Ayoze Perez had given the visitors the lead.
However, the Foxes never looked like wanting to settle for a point in their pursuit of a Champions League spot. With moments of the match remaining, James Maddison fed in Vardy, who scampered clear of the home defence and slotted his shot past Aaron Ramsdale.
The 33-year-old boyhood fan of Blades’ rivals Sheffield Wednesday celebrated by running to the corner flag and snapping it with his boot.
Earlier, Vardy and Maddison both came close with fierce efforts that struck the Blades’ right-hand upright.
Oliver Burke had United’s only other chance of note when he slipped with just Kasper Schmeichel to beat.
Crystal Palace beat 
West Bromwich 5-1
Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha scored twice on his return to the team following illness and Christian Benteke also grabbed a double in the second half as they cruised to a 5-1 win over 10-man West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.
Ivorian Zaha marked his comeback from self-isolation after contracting COVID-19 by curling the ball in on his 200th Premier League start and doubled his tally by tapping home after a fine run from Eberechi Eze to seal the victory at The Hawthorns.
Benteke headed in his first goal of the campaign in between Zaha’s strikes, and added another late on.
“We weren’t scared to play today. It was harder for them when they lost a player, and we wanted to impose ourselves,” Zaha was quoted as saying by the BBC. “We have tremendous ability in our team. We just need to keep picking up points.”
Benteke, who made his first league start of the season, said he had no complaints about his lack of game time. “The only truth is on the pitch. I’ve been working hard in the shadows and I took my chance,” he added.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson equalled one of the lesser-known Premier League records - most wins for a manager against his former teams - joining Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce on 11.
Palace, who now have 16 points from 11 matches to sit 11th, began the contest brightly and got the breakthrough as Zaha’s whipped cross after a quick free kick was turned into the net by West Brom defender Darnell Furlong in the eighth minute.
Furlong made amends later in the first half by setting up Conor Gallagher, who rolled in the equaliser for his second goal in as many league games.
But the game changed when promoted West Brom went a man down as Matheus Pereira was dismissed for kicking out at Patrick van Aanholt after a tussle, following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Chelsea move top as fans return
Chelsea enjoyed comfortable win in the Premier League on Saturday as fans returned to stadiums after an eight-month absence.
Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-1 in front of 2,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge. Clubs in less restricted areas of England were allowed to welcome back 2,000 fans but in higher risk places games carried on behind closed doors. 
Chelsea moved top of the table as they came from behind to beat Leeds United 3-1 at home, set on their way by a fifth goal in four days from French forward Olivier Giroud. Giroud, 34, marked his first league start of the season - reward for his four goals in Chelsea’s thrashing of Sevilla in the Champions League - by stretching to turn in a whipped cross by Reece James in the 27th minute. That cancelled out a fourth-minute opener for Leeds by Patrick Bamford.
Chelsea went ahead in the 61st minute when Kurt Zouma jumped higher than everyone to power a Mason Mount corner into net and Christian Pulisic sealed the win in added time when he turned in a cross by Timo Werner.
The win pushed Chelsea up to top spot with 22 points, leap-frogging Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool who both have 21 and play on Sunday.
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Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek put the hosts ahead in the 38th minute, turning in at the back post after Declan Rice had headed on a corner.


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