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    Tiger Woods Limps Through a Disappointing Round at PGA Championship

    Woods could make only wry jokes after a painful and disappointing first round at the P.G.A. Championship.TULSA, Okla. — Tiger Woods has a good sense of humor, though it is rare for him to use it in a public setting. But at 46, he is evolving. What was once unthinkable for him — playfully mocking his poor play on the golf course — is one of his new, winsome tools.On Thursday, six weeks after his stirring comeback at the Masters Tournament, Woods returned to competitive golf in the first round of the P.G.A. Championship. After a blazing start with two early birdies, Woods was limping a little on his right leg, which was surgically reconstructed after multiple serious fractures sustained in his horrific car crash early last year. A couple of holes later, Woods was limping a lot, even sometimes using a golf club like a cane to ascend or descend hills.Not surprisingly, his score soon reflected his infirmity as he shot a four-over-par 74 with seven bogeys in his final 13 holes. After he had hobbled to a rostrum for a news conference, he was asked about his rebuilt leg.“Yeah, not feeling as good as I would like it to be,” he said with a smile. Woods added that he could not put weight on his right leg in his backswing — known as loading — and he also struggled to push off his leg on the downswing, too.“Loading hurts, pressing off it hurts, and walking hurts and twisting hurts,” he said.Woods then deadpanned: “It’s just golf. If I don’t play that, if I don’t do that, then I’m all right.”“Loading hurts, pressing off it hurts, and walking hurts and twisting hurts,” Woods said.Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports, via Reuters“We’ll start the recovery process and get after it tomorrow,” he added, predicting that his evening would include ice baths and myriad efforts to reduce inflammation in his right leg.Tiger Woods’s Lasting Impact and Uncertain FutureThe star golfer, one of the most influential athletes of the last quarter-century, is mounting a comeback after being badly injured in a car crash.The 2022 Masters: After saying that he would step back from competitive golf, Tiger Woods teed off at Augusta once again.Four Days That Changed Golf: When Woods won the 1997 Masters, he remade the game and catapulted himself to stardom.A Complicated Legacy: Our columnist looks back at Woods’s stunning feats and shocking falls.His Enduring Influence: Even when Woods is not playing, his impact on the sport can be felt at a PGA tournament.And so, Woods’s ongoing return to elite golf is following the bumpy, irregular progression that even he forecast before the Masters when he said he expected a series of good days and bad days.“It’s a process,” Woods said.Part of that process, as Woods acknowledged on Tuesday, was that his right leg and his ailing back, which has been operated on five times, no longer allowed him to practice for long periods of time, which had been routine for him since he was a kindergartner. While watching Woods play on Thursday, it was easy to wonder if some of his troubles on the golf course were related to a lack of preparation off it, especially for someone like Woods who was once renowned for exhausting work habits.For example, one of Woods’s playing partners Thursday was Rory McIlroy, who is the first-round leader after a five-under-par 65. McIlroy successfully navigated the tricky sloping greens of the Southern Hills Country Club with deft chipping, bunker play and deadly accurate putting.Woods’s short game was once probably his greatest strength, but on Thursday it let him down repeatedly. Moreover, Woods appeared uncomfortable, or unsure, over those shots, which was startling. Woods with a wedge or a putter in his hands had always been commanding and cocksure.But on the sixth hole that Woods played Thursday, when he was still two under par for the round, he was in a greenside bunker with a fairly straightforward shot to the pin, which was 23 feet away. Shockingly, he blasted his shot 21 feet past the hole and made bogey.Three holes later, playing the 18th hole because his group began its round on the 10th tee, Woods was in another greenside bunker and again thumped his ball 20 feet past the hole for a bogey. Even after Woods rallied for a birdie three holes later, another bunker shot on the next hole sailed over the green and led to yet another bogey.Woods looked exasperated, and as often happens to any golfer, missteps in one facet of the game led to a lack of execution in another part of part of the game as Woods failed to convert several long- or medium-range putts. Keep in mind that some people think Woods was the greatest pressure putter of golf’s modern era.Asked about his difficulties from the sand, Woods said: “Yeah, all the bunker shots sort of came out hot.”Tiger Woods playing from the bunker near the eighth green during the first round of the P.G.A. Championship.Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports, via ReutersBut his bunker play was not the only way Thursday’s round seemed uncharacteristic for Woods. For more than 25 years, Woods was known as an aggressive golfer, and he all but invented the bombing-it-off-the-tee-with-a-driver style that has overtaken the sport.But on Thursday, as McIlroy and the third golfer in the grouping, Jordan Spieth, launched drivers far down the fairway, Woods was hitting long irons and playing for position. Sometimes he was more than 60 yards behind McIlroy off the tee, although as Woods later said, not being able to push off his right leg caused him to slice shots to the right.“I wouldn’t have been so far back if I would have hit the iron shot solid and put the ball in the fairway,” he said. “I was playing to my spots, and those guys obviously have a different game plan. The game is just different. It’s much more aggressive now, and I know that. But I was playing to my spots. If I would have hit the ball solidly on those two holes and put the ball in the fairway, I would have been fine.”He continued: “But I didn’t do that. I put the ball in the rough.”The smile that Woods brought to the beginning of his news conference was dissipating. The golf comeback that seemed unlikely only 15 months ago would continue Friday, Woods said. But before he walked away with a noticeable, lurching limp, Woods had a last comment.“It was a frustrating day,” he said. More

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    Patrick Vieira FIGHTS with Everton fan and KICKS him to ground after pitch invasion following Crystal Palace defeat

    CRYSTAL PALACE boss Patrick Vieira KICKED a pitch invader to the ground after a nasty altercation at Goodison Park.Thousands of Everton supporters flooded in from the stands after Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a late winner against Crystal Palace to keep the Toffees in the Premier League.
    Patrick Vieira KICKED a fan to the ground after a pitch invasionCredit: Sky Sports
    The Crystal Palace boss was incited by an Everton fan who swore at himCredit: Sky Sports
    The video from the man who was kicked circulated on social media late on Thursday night
    The man tells Vieira to ‘Suck on that you muppet’ before telling him to ‘F*** off’ and then putting up his middle finger at him
    But in yet more unsavoury scenes after fans invaded the pitch, cameras caught the Palace boss involved in an altercation.
    As he tried to leave the pitch, Vieira could be seen clashing with a fan.
    The fan can be seen holding his middle finger right in Vieira’s face as he films him with his other hand.
    The actual video from the phone later circulated on social media and the man can be heard screaming at Vieira: “Suck on that you muppet! Get in! F*** off!”
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    At that point Vieira turns, grabs the man’s arm and kicks him to the floor.
    Another pitch invader then comes along and shoves Vieira, with the Arsenal legend appearing to square up to him.
    However, before it can go any further other supporters separate them and he walks away.
    The FA are likely to investigate the incident and when asked about it, Vieira later said: “I do not have anything to say about that”.
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    Everton boss Frank Lampard added: “I feel for Patrick and I didn’t get him (to shake hands) at the end because of the reaction.
    “He ran across the pitch 80 yards in front of our fans but there’s no issue.
    “Just pure elation from our fans at staying in the league.”
    Neither Everton nor Palace have yet put out any official statement on the disgusting scene.
    Everton fans invaded the pitch after securing their Premier League safetyCredit: PA
    Fans flooded onto the pitch after Everton’s 3-2 victory over Crystal PalaceCredit: PA
    On the same night, Swindon Town players were also involved in a fight with Port Vale fans after Vale reached the League Two play-off final at Wembley.
    Swindon lost a penalty shootout, sparking a mass invasion of the pitch.
    Centre-back Mandela Egbo later posted a picture of him with a small scratch on his nose, blasting “scummy fans” who laded “two free shots” on him.
    He wrote: “How you scummy fans get two free shots and only manage a scratch? & I’m supposed to keep my cool – if I react I’m the bad guy right?”
    Port Vale star Mandela Egbo says he was attacked by fans in yet more ugly scenes by pitch invadersCredit: Rex
    Egbo posted this message on social media after the shocking scenes
    The shock incidents come just 48 hours after Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was attacked by a Nottingham Forest fan at the City Ground.
    That attack left Sharp needing stitches and the attacker – Robert Biggs, 30, from Derbyshire – jailed.
    Biggs, a Forest season ticket holder, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 24 weeks.
    He was also given a 10-year football banning order and ordered to pay £500 compensation to Sharp, £85 in costs and a £128 victim surcharge.
    That match also saw another incident with Sharp’s team-mate Oli McBurnie appearing to stamp on a fan.
    The Scottish international has been summoned to a meeting with Nottinghamshire Police and risks being arrested if he does not attend.
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    Thousands of fans invaded the Goodison Park pitch after Calvert-Lewin’s dramatic late winner kept Everton in the Premier League.
    Visitors Palace had lead 2-0 at half-time after goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew.
    But Everton pulled off a dramatic second-half turnaround as Michael Keane and Richarlison scored before the late winner sparked pandemonium and the unsavoury scenes. More

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    Swindon players fight with Port Vale fans after pitch invasion following play-offs as Egbo blasts ‘scummy’ attackers

    SWINDON TOWN defender Mandela Egbo blasted “scummy” pitch invaders on social media after he was allegedly attacked at Port Vale.The home side progressed to the League Two play off-final after a 6-5 penalty shootout win over The Robins at Vale Park.
    Port Vale star Mandela Egbo says he was attacked by fans in yet more ugly scenes by pitch invadersCredit: Rex
    Egbo posted this message on social media after the shocking scenes
    Swindon players were involved in a scuffle as supporters rushed onto the pitchCredit: PA
    Swindon players, in yellow shirts, clashed with Port Vale fans after a penalty shootoutCredit: Sky Sports
    More shocking scenes after a pitch invasion tonight. Swindon players surrounded by Port Vale fans here. Looked like punches were thrown. pic.twitter.com/JnG8CyaL1j— Aidan McCartney (@aidanmccartney) May 19, 2022

    But on a night where there was more ugly scenes on pitches – with Patrick Vieira kicking out at a fan at Everton – Port Vale supporters were involved in a melee with Swindon players.
    Ellis Iandolo’s miss in sudden death sent Vale to Wembley and fans stormed the pitch after the 24-year-old blazed over.
    Many immediately ran over to the devastated Swindon players stood on the halfway line.
    There appeared to be an altercation between players and fans, which continued as the Swindon squad attempted to escape the pitch.

    Multiple supporters and players seemed to be involved and Sky claimed punches were thrown.
    Egbo later posted a picture on social media with a small scratch on his nose.
    He wrote: “How you scummy fans get two free shots and only manage a scratch? & I’m supposed to keep my cool – if I react I’m the bad guy right?”
    Swindon boss Ben Garner told Sky Sports: “What they [the Swindon players] have had to put up with coming off that pitch… players have been physically and verbally abused.
    Ellis Iandolo miss sent sent Port Vale to WembleyCredit: Getty
    Vale will face Mansfield for a place in League OneCredit: PA
    Fans poured out of the stands and onto the pitchCredit: Getty
    “I know I’ve seen it in some of the other play-off games, I don’t know where we’re going as a country it’s absolutely disgusting.”
    The tie between Vale and Swindon finished 2-2 on aggregate after ex-Manchester United man James Wilson scored the only goal of the game to see the home side win 1-0 on the night.
    Vale missed two of their first three penalties through David Worrall and Ryan Edmondson, handing Swindon the advantage.
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    But Harry McKirdy and Josh Davison then missed for Town, sending the shootout to sudden death.
    Iandolo then missed the crucial kick for Swindon, sparking ugly scenes on the pitch.
    Vale’s stadium announcer pleaded with the home fans to say off the turf, although few heeded the warning.
    The shocking scenes come after a Nottingham Forest fan was jailed for 24 weeks and banned from attending football matches for 10 years after headbutting Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.
    Elsewhere at Everton Patrick Vieira KICKED OUT at a pitch invader this evening as Toffees fans stormed the pitch at Goodison Park.
    Frank Lampard’s side secured Premier League safety with a 3-2 comeback win over Palace, which again resulted in fans pouring onto the pitch from the stands.
    And Vieira was involved in a clash with a fan on the pitch after being confronted. More

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    Watch Matt Lowton get sent off for rash challenge on Calum Chambers that forces him OUT of final day relegation decider

    MATT LOWTON was sent off for a nasty challenge on Calum Chambers in injury time.And that will rule the Burnley defender out of their crucial relegation decider.
    Matt Lowton was sent off for this tackle on Calum ChambersCredit: Rex
    He will miss Sunday’s crucial match against Newcastle on SundayCredit: PA
    Ref Paul Tierney explains his decision to the defenderCredit: Getty

    The right-back, 32, drove forward in the first of four minutes of added time as the Clarets looked for a dramatic winner.
    But his desperation got the better of him as he chased after the ball following a heavy touch.
    Aston Villa defender Chambers goes for the ball as reckless Lowton comes in at high speed and could have easily done serious damage to his opponent.
    Ref Paul Tierney judged it to be serious foul play and immediately brandished the red card.
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    VAR John Brooks did look at the incident but stuck with the on-field decision.
    However, some fans on Twitter were unconvinced and felt that was too harsh – citing the relatively little contact and Lowton seemingly winning the ball.
    One said: “Reckless, no control of the follow-through. Red for me.”
    Another agreed: “Red card all day long.”
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    But a third wrote: “Wins the ball. Single footed. Catches him with momentum. Its a yellow every day of the week.”
    And a final user commented: “Not even sure it should be a foul, frankly. He plays the ball, wins the ball cleanly, and momentum takes him through.
    “He can’t stop dead and he has to try to win the ball. Aren’t many clean tackles out there where a player isn’t hit in the aftermath.”
    Lowton’s sending off came at the end of a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.
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    Ashley Barnes’ penalty put Mike Jackson’s side ahead just before half-time but Emi Buendia equalised on 48 minutes.
    The draw was enough to see Burnley leapfrog Leeds out of the bottom three.
    And with Everton winning against Crystal Palace, it is a straight shootout between the Clarets and the Whites to avoid the drop.
    Burnley face Newcastle at home knowing they simply have to match Leeds’ result at Brentford to stay up because their goal difference is 20 better.
    However, they must do it without Lowton who will join fellow defenders Ben Mee and Erik Pieters as well as Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jay Rodriguez, Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra on the sideline at Turf Moor on Sunday. More

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    PSG star Kylian Mbappe to announce his future in LeBron James-style show amid Real Madrid transfer interest

    KYLIAN MBAPPE will reportedly announce his eagerly-anticipated next move this weekend.The France international’s lucrative contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire at the end of the season.
    Kylian Mbappe’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the seasonCredit: GETTY
    The World Cup winner has remained tight-lipped on his futureCredit: GETTY
    But he’ll reportedly announce his next move on SundayCredit: AFP
    The coveted Mbappe has remained tight-lipped on his next move but will reportedly break his silence on his future on Sunday.
    That’s according to L’Equipe, who claim the World Cup winner will spill the beans at 10am BST.
    Mbappe’s planned announcement has drawn comparisons to LeBron James’ announcing of his 2012 move to the Miami Heat.
    The future NBA Hall of Famer kept basketball fans on tenterhooks with an hour-and-half-long show – which was fittingly named ‘The Decision’ – to announce his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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    Mbappe is unlikely to leave PSG supporters hanging around for that long, although the footy fans around the world will be waiting with bated breath hear his decision.
    Former Monaco hitman Mbappe is a long-term target of La Liga giants Real Madrid, who have reportedly agreed personal terms with the 23-year-old.
    PSG are desperate to tie the Frenchman down to a new deal and have reportedly made a sensational offer to try to keep him at the Parc des Princes.
    According to reports, Mbappe has been offered the chance to be the OWNER of the club’s sporting project.
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    It’s claimed the offer will allow him to “change coaches and decide on the players he wishes”.
    The outrageous proposal is said to have been accompanied by a whopping £4million-a-month salary and a £100m signing-on fee.
    PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is eager to keep Mbappe in his star-studded squad but recently walked back on his claim that he’ll stay in the French capital.
    The Argentine said late last month: “I only answered the question I was asked: ‘Today, what percentage is there?’ ‘For me, 100 per cent. Kylian too,’ I said.
    “I don’t understand why this was taken out of context. I’m very tired, but I’m strong and I don’t care about rumours. I’m focused on football, on my players. We continue to do our job.
    “That’s the problem. We are here to work for the club, to give our best, and there is a lack of respect all the time.
    “We will continue to work, we are very happy that the team does not give up, it is still professional, it wants to play.
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    “Tomorrow is tomorrow, but today I am 100 percent involved with PSG.”
    Mbappe and his PSG team-mates will be back in action on Saturday evening, welcoming Metz to the Parc des Princes for their final Ligue 1 game of the season.
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    Arsenal’s WSL aces to play at least six of their home games at the Emirates next season

    JONAS EIDEVALL is looking forward to seeing the Gunners’ women’s side face their rivals at the Emirates in a number of fixtures next term.The club’s WSL stars will play six of their matches at the home of their Premier League counterparts in the 2022/23 season.
    Jonas Eidevall’s side could be set to play some of their Champions League games at the Emirates next seasonCredit: Getty
    And three of the duels are set to be European encounters should the title runners-up make it past round two of the Champions League qualifiers.
    Gunners chief Eidevall, 39, said: “The backing we received both at Meadow Park and Emirates Stadium (last season) was unbelievable.
    “Whether you sit in the stands or are playing in the match, we are all part of one team – one family.
    “That’s what makes this club so special. It’s wonderful news that we will be returning to Emirates Stadium for more games next year.”
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    Eidevall, who guided his side to second in the top flight last season, is an advocate of women’s games being played at bigger grounds.
    In January, the coach described a 0-0 draw between his side and Chelsea as ‘the best game that had been played in the league so far’ at that stage of the season.
    And the Arsenal boss expressed his wish for a far bigger crowd watching the encounter which was played in front of 3,300 spectators at the Blues’ Kingsmeadow home.
    In January Eidevall said: “There was only one thing wrong, and that was that it was played in front of an audience of 3,000 and not 30,000.
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    “I think it was a very entertaining game.”
    Arsenal played four games at the Emirates last term including their opener of the league season against Chelsea.
    Matches include a home Champions League duel with Barcelona last December.
    And the Catalan giants went on to break the record twice for the largest crowd attendance at a women’s club fixture and for a European tie last term.
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    This broke the previous record of 91,553 who watched them defeat Real Madrid in March.
    On Arsenal playing more games at the Emirates next season, skipper Kim Little, 31 said: “When you look at how many tickets Barcelona have sold at the Nou Camp, it’s a real statement.
    “It’s something all clubs should be striving to show that people want to watch the women’s games. 
    “There’s a feeling at the moment that we’re getting momentum in our game, both in performance and in growing our game.”
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    SOUTHAMPTON’S and Wolves’ battle for a place in the Women’s Championship is set to be streamed live by the BBC.Their promotion clash will be the first third-tier women’s game featured live on BBC Sport online and iPlayer platforms.
    Wolverhampton Women will go up against Southampton for a place in the second tier next termCredit: Getty
    The Saturday encounter which starts at 3:00 pm at Stockport County’s ground will see Women’s National League North champs Wolves take on the Southern Premier Division title holders.
    And both teams have been in red hot form in their respective tiers losing just ONE game each this term.
    Southampton won 22 of their 26 games with Wolves Women victorious in 18 of their 24 third-tier fixtures.
    Saints boss Marianne Spacey-Cale said: “At the start of the campaign, I set out some lofty ambitions to my squad which includes promotion to the Championship.
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    “The fact we go into the play-off final as Southern Division champions and National League Cup winners is a testament to the unreserved commitment, mentality and work ethic of our players and staff.
    “But the season is not finished yet.
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    Wolves Women’s clash with their rivals will coincide with the club bidding farewell to vice-captain Natalie Widdal.
    The left-back, who has juggled her playing career with work as a nursery school teacher, is set to hang up her boots after 20 years at the club.
    Widdal, who was born three miles from Molineux, was spotted playing for Wolverhampton City Schoolgirls at the age of 10.
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    “It’s going to be the biggest game in my 20 years with the club.
    “If we can win it to get into the Championship it will be the perfect way to end my career.”
    Southampton won the National League cup last seasonCredit: Getty
    Wolves Women gaffer Daniel McNamara added: “When our season started our first aim was to stay in tier three.
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    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester LIVE RESULT: Marcos Alonso goal not enough for Blues as Foxes earn point – Premier League reaction

    CHELSEA failed to bounce back from Wembley disappointment as they were held by Leicester at Stamford Bridge.James Maddison fired the Foxes ahead early on in West London before Marcos Alonso equalised for the Blues.
    The decisive miss
    Christian Pulisic had the golden opportunity to be the match-winner this evening, but he couldn’t convert from close range.
    It won’t effect the table, but he might not sleep too well tonight.
    Credit: Reuters
    Rodgers full of praise for Maddison
    I’m really proud of the players. You know when you come here, you’ve got to defend well. With a bit more belief, we could have created more opportunities. Chelsea are a top level team, and we defended well.Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City boss
    On the goalscorer, James Maddison:
    His goal was outstanding. He plays with belief. He’s a real talent, an outstanding young player, getting better all the time.Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City boss
    .Credit: Reuters
    What it means
    The point means Chelsea have as good as secured third place. They would need to lose to Watford, and Tottenham would have to score in excess of 17 goals against Norwich. Stranger things have hap.. actually no, they haven’t. Chelsea are home and dry. Leicester stay in 9th, with Southampton to play on Sunday.
    .Credit: Reuters
    Full-time – Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    Stuart Atwell blows his whistle (thank God) and the the points are shared in West London.
    It felt like the second half was destined for goals, but it was quite the opposite. Chelsea should have won it with Pulisic. But the forward fluffed his lines from 5 yards.
    Leicester were bystanders for large periods of the game, with the home side piling on the pressure. But the Foxes defended dilligently against an incredibly wasteful Chelsea.
    Bar a couple of great goals in the first half courtesy of Maddison and Alonso, it was quite dull in truth – even Tuchel looks half-asleep…
    .Credit: AFP
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    90+4, Azpilicueta is given plemty of room down the right. He cuts it back for Loftus-Cheek who slips in James. The full-back is swarmed and he can’t get his shot away. That should be that.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    90+3, Ziyech attempts to bundle his way into the box, but Evans gets it clear.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    90, The board goes up for four added minutes here. Perhaps to a few fans’ relief. The life has been sucked out of the game. Not to sound too dramatic.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    87, Barnes is nearly set free in behind, but Mendy is quick off his line to make it his.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    85, Big chance for Havertz!
    Ziyech spots the German on the move and slides the ball into him. Havertz turns to shoot first time, but it’s a swing and a miss and the chance is gone.
    Chelsea have not had their shooting boots on this evening.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    84, Fofana then looks to be going down a blind alley, but draws a foul from Jorginho in a good area.
    Maddison and Dewsbury-Hall are behind it… Chelsea clear.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    83, Havertz is a little over-enthusiastic on Fofana, bundling him to the floor. The Leicester defender then punches the air in front of the away end, receiving a big roar. You sense Leicester would be happy with a draw now.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    80, Ziyech shakes off his man and slips in Azpilicueta who has men in the middle, but he can’t find any of them. They are doing everything but score at the moment.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Chelsea change
    77, It’s the end of Lukaku’s night. Havertz is on in his place.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Leicester change
    77, Vardy’s number is up, and he’s replaced by Perez.
    He’s struggled to get into the game. As have most Leicester players in truth.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    75, Ziyech shrugs off his man before finding a yard for a cross. But it’s straight at Schmeichel.
    Quarter of an hour to go. Chelsea remain in the ascendency.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    73, Alonso swings in a dangerous corner. Chalobah jumps highest to meet it, but he can’t get the power behind it under the pressure of Dewsbury-Hall and Schmeichel can mop up.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Chelsea double change
    72, Tuchel decides it’s time to switch things up. Pulisic and Kante make way for Azpilicueta and Loftus-Cheek.
    Still no sign of Mason Mount.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Chelsea double change
    70, Alonso’s ball bounces out to James who strikes a powerful effort on goal. But it’s straight at Schmeichel from a tight angle.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Leicester change
    Barnes has come on for Iheanacho a few minutes ago.
    I must have missed that. Chris Kamara moment.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    67, Dewsbury-Hall has runners ahead of him, but Thiago Silva slides in to intercept his pass.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Rudiger yellow card
    66, The Frenchman chases down Castagne before diving in two footed. No arguing with that, but of course, he is arguing.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    65, Chelsea are having all their chances at once!
    Alonso’s ball in bounces out to Rudiger who turns and strikes one at Schmeichel who parries it away.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    64, Mendy gets a block in, sending it behind for a corner.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Evans yellow card
    63, Pulisic, looking to make amends, weaves past his man before being hacked down by Evans centimetres outside the penalty box.
    James has the chance from the free kick.
    Chelsea 1-1 Leicester
    62, Pulisic with a shocking miss!
    James slides through Lukaku who puts it on a plate for Pulisic. The American fluffs his line to the nth degree, scuffing his effort wide from 5 yards. That was the definition of a sitter. Looks even worse on the replays.
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