Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 18th 2016 Contents LEICESTER---Leicester is drawing on the
fighting spirit it required to survive in the
Premier League a year ago to win the title
for the first time.
Down to 10 men after being shaken by the
dismissal of top scorer Jamie Vardy in the 56th
minute, the leaders conceded twice to trail
West Ham 2-1.
On a day of drama and divisive refereeing
at the King Power Stadium, there was one
final twist in the fifth minute of stoppage time
when Leicester s substitute striker Leonardo
Ulloa displayed coolness from the penalty spot
Despite dropping points with the 2-2 draw,
Leicester extended its lead to eight points over
Tottenham, which is at Stoke on Monday
"We play every match with blood, heart
and soul," Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri
said. "I said thank you to my players, my fans.
We must believe every time. It s very important
As it stands, Ranieri s team only requires
eight points from its final four matches to be
sure of completing one of the most astonishing
title wins in the history of English soccer.
What s more surprising is that the title race
isn t more open, given the collapse of defending
champion Chelsea and Manchester rivals City
and United struggling for consistency through-
out the season.
The platform to end a 12-year title drought
has also been squandered by Arsenal, which
has dropped to fourth this weekend after being
held 1-1 by Crystal Palace on Sunday. Yannick
Bolasie s late goal canceled out Alexis Sanchez s
first-half opener for Arsenal.
Liverpool hasn t challenged for the title
since 2014 and the focus in this season of
transition, that has seen Juergen Klopp replace
Brendan Rodgers as manager, is now on win-
ning the Europa League.
Liverpool, which is eighth in the Premier
League, followed up its midweek quarterfinal
win over Borussia Dortmund by beating
Daniel Sturridge scored after setting up
Roberto Firmino s opener as Liverpool moved
to within two points of sixth-place West Ham
with a game in hand to boost its bid for Europa
League qualification. Liverpool could still land
a spot in the Champions League by winning
the Europa League.
Leicester has already secured its place in
European soccer s elite competition for the
first time and there s already a party atmos-
phere at the King Power as the team edges
closer to Premier League glory.
Vardy got Leicester off to a perfect start by
contributing his 22nd goal of the season in
the 18th minute.
A counterattack launched by goalkeeper
Kasper Schmeichel s long throw saw Riyad
Mahrez and N Golo Kante carry the ball for-
ward before setting up Vardy to strike across
the face of goal into the net.
But Vardy received the first of two bookings
10 minutes later for a late sliding challenge
on Cheikhou Kouyate. The second came 11
minutes into the second half for being adjudged
to have dived after being held back by Angelo
Ogbonna and then tangling with the defender.
Vardy was furious at being dismissed and he
will now miss next Sunday s game against
Swansea through suspension.
Leicester clung on, preserving its lead for
almost 30 minutes before conceding twice
late on. Andy Carroll netted from the spot in
the 84th after Leicester captain Wes Morgan
shoved Winston Reid over and Aaron Creswell
put West Ham in front two minutes later.
But four minutes into stoppage time, Carroll
shoved Jeffrey Schlupp off the ball and this
time Leicester was awarded a penalty by referee
Jon Moss and Ulloa claimed a valuable lev-
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MILAN---Juventus continued its march toward
a fifth successive Serie A title as it beat relega-
tion-threatened Palermo 4-0 to move nine points
Sami Khedira gave Juventus the lead in the 10th
minute but Palermo kept pushing for an equaliser
before Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado sealed the
result shortly after the 70th minute. Substitute
Simone Padoin added a fourth late on.
Second-place Napoli lost 2-0 at Inter Milan on
Saturday. There are five rounds left.
Earlier, third-place Roma missed the chance to
close the gap to Napoli to three points as it drew
3-3 at Atalanta.
Roma is four points above Inter in the race for
the final Champions League qualifying place, with
Fiorentina two points further back after a 3-1 win
over Sassuolo - thanks in part to a comical own
goal from visiting goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
At the other end of the table, a stoppage-time
winner from Alessandro Frara gave Frosinone a
crucial 2-1 victory at bottom side Hellas Verona.
Frosinone leapfrogged two points above Palermo
and one behind Carpi, which occupies the last
position of safety in Serie A.
Chievo Verona drew 0-0 at Udinese.
PARIS---Montpellier boosted its
hopes of remaining in the top flight
next season after beating Nantes 2-
0 in the French league yesterday.
With four rounds remaining, the
southern club is now six points above
the relegation zone.
Montpellier, the last club to take
the French title before Paris Saint-
Germain s four straight wins, clinched
its first victory in six league games
with goals from Bryan Dabo and Ellyes
"We still need to play four finals,
but we made a big step forward,"
Montpellier coach Frederic Hantz said.
"It s a wonderful and very important
win in the final sprint."
Nantes is in 10th place, four points
Jimmy Briand scored against his
former club as Guingamp won 3-0 at
Rennes in the Brittany derby.
Moustapha Diallo and Younousse
Sankhare also scored for the visitors.
Monaco later aims to return to sec-
ond place with a win against strug-
gling Marseille. The French league s
runner-up qualifies automatically for
the Champions League, with the
third-place team entering the play-
Already crowned champion, PSG
thrashed Caen 6-0 on Saturday and
has a 30-point lead over Lyon at the
top of standings.
Vardy sees red but Leicester earns draw
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy gestures to referee Jonathan Moss after being given a second
yellow card and sent off during their English Premier League match against West Ham United
at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, yesterday . AP PHOTO
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Juventus move nine
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