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LONDON---The lethal striking duo of
Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy com-
bined again to nudge Leicester closer
to the title yesterday, although Arsenal
remains primed to pounce on any slip-
ups by the leaders after ending a three-
game winless run in the Premier
Vardy, the league s top scorer, set up
Mahrez to score his 16th goal of the sea-
son at Crystal Palace and clinch Leices-
ter s third successive 1-0 win.
With seven games remaining, Leices-
ter is eight points clear of Tottenham,
which hosts Bournemouth on Sunday,
while Arsenal is a further three points
back in third after a 2-0 win at Everton.
But Leicester s fans are already daring
to believe their team will lift the league
trophy for the first time in May.
"We re going to win the league," they
chanted continuously in unison at Sel-
hurst Park for more than 15 minutes
after the final whistle. "Our fans are
singing---that is fantastic, but we have
to stay calm and concentrated," Leicester
manager Claudio Ranieri said.
A year ago Leicester was rock bottom
of the league and facing relegation to
the League Championship. A late recov-
ery saved Leicester but not Nigel Pear-
son s job. Former Chelsea manager
Ranieri was hired despite an 11-year
absence from the Premier League---and
more recently being fired by Greece---
with the task of avoiding relegation again.
"I remember at the start of the season,
I haven t forgotten: The goal was to save
the team," Ranieri said. "Now everybody
is speaking about us. Not only in England
but around the world."
Never have expectations been so thor-
oughly exceeded in the Premier League.
In contrast, Arsenal has underachieved
since last winning the title in 2004 but
Arsene Wenger isn t giving up yet.
First-half goals at Goodison Park kept
alive Arsenal s unlikely title chances,
with Danny Welbeck running through
unchecked to score in the seventh minute
and Alex Iwobi marking his first league
start with his first league goal in the
42nd minute on a counter-attack.
The league is Arsenal s last hope of
silverware after being eliminated from
the FA Cup and Champions League in
the last week.
"I am pleased how we responded
under pressure," Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger said. "The character of my play-
ers was questioned. We would have been
out of (the title race) if we hadn t have
won. "I m not masochistic enough to
consider us out. We are not the flavor
of the week but if we don t believe,
nobody will do it for us."
Everton is 12th but has a chance of
taking the FA Cup off Arsenal after
reaching the semifinals last week.
Chelsea is only playing for pride, hav-
ing started the season as champions.
The only pleasure for the 10th place
team on Saturday was stopping West
Ham from moving into the top four
Champions League qualification spots
after Chelsea twice came from behind
to a 2-2 draw through Cesc Fabregas
goals. Fabregas brilliant free kick can-
celed out Manuel Lanzini s superb open-
er in the first half and he responded to
Andy Carroll s goal by netting from the
penalty spot in the 89th minute. Chelsea
was awarded the spot-kick despite
replays suggesting minimal contact when
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was judged to have
been tripped by Michail Antonio.
At the bottom of the standings, Nor-
wich climbed out of the relegation zone
after ending an 11-game winless by beat-
ing West Bromwich Albion 1-0 through
Robbie Brady s second-half goal.
Sunderland and Newcastle, who meet
in Sunday s northeast derby, are behind
Norwich, while Aston Villa is rock bot-
tom. Swansea s own relegation fears
were eased by Federico Fernandez clinch-
ing a 1-0 victory over Villa to move 11
points from danger. Watford is a point
ahead of Swansea after losing 2-1 to
sixth-place Stoke, whose goals were
provided by Jonathan Walters and Joselu.
Stoke is a point behind Manchester Unit-
ed, which plays fourth-place Manchester
City in the derby on Sunday. (AP)
Robert Lewandowski s 25th goal of
the season was enough for Bayern
Munich to comfortably beat Cologne
1-0 and provisionally stretch its lead
to eight points yesterday.
"When you only win 1-0 it s dan-
gerous to the end. It s a pity, because
we had chances, but we have the three
points," Lewandowski said.
Lackluster defending allowed him
to score in the 10th minute, firing
inside the far corner after Xabi Alonso
and then Thiago Alcantara encountered
a similar lack of resistance.
With seven games remaining,
Lewandowski already has one more
than his previous season-best of 24
for Borussia Dortmund in 2012-13.
"There are still lots of games and
goals to score, I hope. The number I
need for the top-scorers trophy is not
an issue for me," said Lewandowski,
competing with Dortmund s Pierre-
Emerick Aubameyang (22 goals) and
Bayern teammate Thomas Mueller
(19). With the lead in the bag, Bayern
comfortably dominated the rest of the
half without too much exertion.
Leonardo Bittencourt had the home
side s first shot on goal in the 50th,
straight at Manuel Neuer. Anthony
Modeste had Cologne s best chance
with Neuer stranded, but David Alaba
came to his goalkeeper s rescue with
a crucial block.
Alaba extended his Bayern contract
to 2021 on Friday. (AP)
Bayern beats Cologne 1-0 to
go 8 points clear in Bundesliga
Leicester closer to
title, Arsenal hoping
leaders slip up
Leicester players celebrate after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal
Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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