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Leicester City v West Ham United Live Commentary, 17/04/2016

2 - 2
J. Vardy (18)
L. Ulloa (90+5 pen)
A. Carroll (84 pen)
A. Cresswell (86)
King Power Stadium


FULL TIME! Leicester manage to equalise in second-half stoppage time, courtesy of a penalty from Ulloa, after West Ham appeared to have completed a dramatic turnaround. Carroll and Cresswell made things interesting, after Vardy's opener, but the Foxes fought until the death. Ranieri's men looked to be in trouble after the England international's second-half dismissal, but hung on for a point. That's all that we have time for, as the hosts temporarily go eight points clear, with the Hammers losing ground in the race for European football.
L. Ulloa
Penalty Goal
Leicester City
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! ULLOA MAKES IT 2-2! LEICESTER ARE BACK ON LEVEL TERMS! A point has been snatched from the jaws of defeat! Ulloa slides home a finish from the spot and the stadium erupts! Adrian dived the wrong way and had no chance at all.
PENALTY TO LEICESTER! Schlupp drives into the penalty area, before being bundled to the ground clumsily by Carroll! Late drama at the King Power!
Ulloa is the target of a long pass down the line, but the Argentine striker doesn't have the pace to get there. Ranieri is still urging his side on, but it appears that a two-minute lapse of concentration has cost the league leaders dearly.
We're into the first of four minutes of stoppage time.
Ogbonna is all over Huth, as the ex-Stoke defender attempts to rise and head home a dangerous cross, but the referee isn't interested at all! It appears that the German centre-back has received a taste of his own medicine, after climbing on his opponents all game.
Only a few minutes remain now, with West Ham able to see out a one-goal advantage with numerical superiority in terms of personnel too. Ranieri can't believe it, with a matter of two minutes turning this contest on its head. It is no wonder that the atmosphere has gone sour.
A. Cresswell
West Ham United
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! WHAT A STRIKE FROM CRESSWELL! WEST HAM ARE AHEAD! The left-back takes a touch on the edge of the box, before thundering a half-volley over the top of Schmeichel and into the top-right corner! Leicester have throw it all away at the death!
A. Carroll
Penalty Goal
West Ham United
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! CARROLL HAS WEST HAM LEVEL AGAIN! The England international slots home a neat penalty to put the Hammers back in this contest, after the spot-kick was surrendered for a push by Morgan. Leicester are throwing away two points as it stands.
West Ham earn themselves yet another corner on the right flank, with Huth and Reid needing to be split up yet again. The ex-Stoke defender just doesn't seem to have heeded the warnings of the referee, with Ranieri's men then giving away a penalty for a shove in the box!
We're into the final 10 minutes at the King Power, with the Foxes clawing their way towards a narrow win after being left in the lurch slightly by Vardy's second-half red card. West Ham go on a dangerous attack, before a looping effort from Lanzini is gobbled up by an alert goalkeeper.
Payet shoots from around 30 yards out, but his dead-ball attempt hurtles high and wide of the top-left corner. The France international just hasn't quite been his normal self today, with the ex-Lille man not offering the cutting edge that the visitors so desperately need. Schmeichel claims another cross easily from the right flank.
D. Amartey
R. Mahrez
Leicester City
Amartey freshens up the hosts' right-hand side, with Mahrez taking his leave after applause from the home fans.
Payet and Carroll combine, with the latter bursting into the penalty area before being denied by a covering Huth. Moments later, Drinkwater gives away a cheap free-kick, which is more than certainly in Payet range. Schmeichel hurriedly organises his wall.
W. Morgan
Yellow Card
Leicester City
Morgan is booked for physically bundling Carroll over, with the Leicester captain now needing to be careful.
Carroll manages to rise highest to meet a corner delivery with his head, with the knock-down falling to Ogbonna. The Italy international tries to tee up Kouyate, but the West Ham duo end up getting in each other's way in a close-quarters situation and the chance dissipates.
Emenike shoots from range, but the Nigeria international can't keep his shot down and embarrassingly fires into the stands. Only a quarter of an hour remains at the King Power, with Bilic's men yet to really get out of second gear this afternoon.
E. Valencia
V. Moses
West Ham United
Valencia replaces Moses, with the Ecuador international hoping to aid his team to goalscoring effect.
West Ham work possession out to the left-hand side, but an eventual cross from Cresswell is headed away from the danger zone by Huth. Leicester are perfectly comfortable to let the visitors deliver balls into the box, as they trust their central defenders to deal with whatever is sent their way.
A long ball forward from deep looks for the run of Schlupp, but the substitute is beaten to the ball by Adrian. West Ham respond with an immediate counter, but Huth comes out of position in order to slide in and dispossess Moses. Moments later, Kouyate slides into a late challenge on Kante and catches the Frenchman, but the referee waves play on.
West Ham are still looking for an elusive equaliser, with the visitors not able to test Schmeichel too often at all. Despite having the numerical advantage, the Hammers are struggling to threaten dangerously, with the Foxes looking fairly comfortable throughout this second-half period.
Moses drives to the left byline, but the former Chelsea wide man is outmuscled well by Drinkwater. The England international tracks back diligently to aid his full-back, with the 10 men of Leicester definitely needing to put in a cohesive team effort now at the King Power.
Schlupp tries to bend a cross in from the left-hand side, but the substitute's ball is prevented from reaching its target of Ulloa. Leicester will be playing a lot more long and direct football now, with their escape passes trying to find the former Brighton striker as quickly as possible.
M. Lanzini
M. Noble
West Ham United
Noble jogs off, as Bilic makes another positive change. Lanzini comes into the game for the Hammers captain.
Payet delivers from the right, but Morgan and Huth rise well to clear the hosts' lines. West Ham maintain their pressure, with the same Frenchman then bending a secondary cross in from the same flank, but Reid can only divert a close-range flick wide of the right-hand post.
Leicester will be trying to slow down the tempo of this contest whenever possible, with Simpson even taking his time when collecting the ball to take a throw-in. Antonio whips a cross in from the right, but the ex-Forest wide man's delivery is flicked behind for a corner by Huth.
L. Ulloa
S. Okazaki
Leicester City
Ulloa replaces Okazaki for the hosts, with Ranieri opting to have a more physical presence up top for the ball to stick to.
Leicester now have to battle through the final half an hour with 10 men, with this being a huge opportunity for West Ham to battle back onto level terms. Bilic's men have recently fought back well against Arsenal, with Carroll playing a starring role in that result.
RED CARD FOR VARDY! The former Fleetwood striker is given his second yellow card, after going down in the penalty area under pressure from Ogbonna. The Juventus defender appears to shove his marker, but the referee isn't interested, despite there being a tangle of legs.
J. Schlupp
M. Albrighton
Leicester City
Schlupp comes into the game for the home side, with Albrighton taking his leave after an energetic performance.
Fuchs whips in a cross from the left-hand side, with Huth rising majestically at the back post to try and meet it! Despite jumping brilliantly, the former Chelsea man can only divert his headed attempt high and wide of the target.
Antonio whips in a cross from the right-hand side, with Morgan nodding a good defensive header away. The throw-in is launched into the box, before falling to Kouyate, but the West Ham midfielder shoots straight at Schmeichel.
Payet whips in a corner from the right-hand side, with the referee briefly needing to halt play in order to tell Huth and Morgan to stop jostling in the box. The delivery is eventually swung in, with Carroll meeting it, but the substitute can only guide a header beyond the right-hand post.
Moses and Emenike attempt to combine on the break, but a neat flick from the latter only earns him the attention of Huth. The ex-Boro defender clatters into his man, catching him in the jawline with a stray arm, but the referee doesn't see it. Fortunate for the German centre-back, as that would have been a probable yellow card.
A. Carroll
Pedro Obiang
West Ham United
Carroll replaces Obiang for the away side, with the English striker adding a little more size and physicality to the Hammers' forward line.
We are underway in the second half at the King Power! Leicester are halfway to three more points, with Bilic's side needing to take this contest by the scruff of the neck in order to get back onto level terms.
HALF-TIME! Leicester are on course for another much-needed Premier League win, with Vardy's opener the only difference between the two sides. As it stands, Ranieri's men will be temporarily going 10 points clear at the summit of the table, with West Ham losing more ground in the race for Europe.
There is one minute of stoppage time.
Payet tries to cross a delivery in from the left-hand side, but Simpson makes a timely block. The ex-QPR man concedes a corner, which the aforementioned Frenchman whips in. Huth is the man to rise highest and nod clear, yet again. Moments later, Antonio drives infield from the right and shoots, but fails to threaten Schmeichel's net.
D. Payet
Yellow Card
West Ham United
Payet dives into a high and late challenge on Vardy, with the ex-Lille midfielder taking a loose touch and then diving into a poor tackle in order to make up for his mistake.
Morgan manages to win a header inside his own penalty area, with the ball looping into the air and then being claimed simply by Schmeichel. Only a few minutes remain until the break, with the Foxes needing to retain their clean sheet and keep spirits high heading into the interval.
M. Noble
Yellow Card
West Ham United
Only five minutes remain in this first half, with Leicester looking to scamper away down the right-hand side through Drinkwater. but Noble covers across to slide in and deny the England international. The referee is quickly over to brandish a yellow card.
Leicester win themselves a free-kick on the right, but a knock-down is hoofed away by Ogbonna. Moments later, Emenike tries to use his strength to get the better of Morgan down the left-hand side, but the Jamaica international stands his ground impressively against the ex-Fenerbahce striker.
Cresswell hooks a long ball down the line, but Morgan rises highest to deny the ex-Ipswich left-back's pass. Mahrez picks up the scraps, with the Algerian winger then showing a lovely piece of skill to nutmeg Kouyate. Leicester just might be threatening to turn on the style at the King Power now.
Cresswell tries to swing a cross in from the left, but Drinkwater covers across to flick a header clear of the danger zone. With Roy Hodgson in attendance this afternoon, the ex-Manchester United midfielder will be hoping to impress once again.
Mahrez curls a cross in from the right-hand side, but Reid is present to head clear under pressure from Vardy. Less than a quarter of an hour remains in this first half, with Leicester settling down nicely since taking the lead. The sting has definitely been taken out of West Ham's tail for now.
W. Reid
Yellow Card
West Ham United
Reid now picks up a booking, with the New Zealand international lunging into a 50-50 challenge with Okazaki. The West Ham defender gets there a split-second too late, upending the Japanese striker as a result.
J. Vardy
Yellow Card
Leicester City
Vardy picks up a cheap yellow card, with the Leicester sliding into a late challenge on Kouyate which catches the ankle of his opponent.
Bilic is very animated on the touchline, with the Croatian coach knowing that the Hammers need to keep picking up points if they are to have any chance of securing Europa League football for their first season in the Olympic stadium. As we approach the half-hour mark, Schmeichel has probably been the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Ogbonna wins a great header to beat Vardy in the air, with West Ham trying to break upfield as a result. Kouyate unleashes a powerful effort from the best part of 30 yards out, but the midfielder thunders the ball into a resolute ruck of defenders.
Morgan and Emenike clash after the referee's whistle, with the referee needing to race over and calm the pair down. The latter gets a stern talking to, after pushing the Leicester captain. Yet another West Ham free-kick is hoofed into the hosts' box, but the Foxes clear their lines. This is where Andy Carroll would have been perfect to battle with Huth.
Huth makes a timely half-clearance to deny a cross in from Payet, with the rebound falling to Kouyate. The West Ham midfielder shoots quickly, in an attempt to catch Schmeichel out, but the Denmark international is easily able to make a simple stop.
Leicester have managed to take the lead after dominating for 10 minutes, with Ranieri's celebration on the sidelines showing exactly what that goal means to the Foxes. Another win would take them temporarily 10 points clear of second-placed of Spurs, which would surely be a big enough gap to secure them the title.
N. Kanté
Leicester City
Kante drives upfield, before sliding a pass into his teammate, who does the rest in style.
J. Vardy
Leicester City
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! VARDY OPENS THE SCORING! Schmeichel sets off a break out of his hands, with Mahrez taking the ball under his spell. The winger slots a pass into Kante, who drives towards the box and picks out his English teammate. The ex-Fleetwood man sets himself, before sending a sizzling drive into the bottom-right corner!
Moses is felled by Fuchs, with free-kicks continuing to characterise this game and break up the flow of play. Payet is the man to deliver yet again, but Emenike can only flick a looping header into the air. Schmeichel claims simply, before trying to spark a break.
Leicester win themselves a free-kick from a deep area, but this time it is cleared with ease. Antonio is fed down the right-hand side, before curling in a cross from the byline, but Morgan covers across to make a timely block. The Foxes have settled into dominating the ball at present.
After shaking off some early nerves, Leicester are pressing forward and looking a little more dangerous. Drinkwater tries to find Mahrez on the right flank, but a pass from the Englishman heads straight out of play poorly. Ranieri will be pleased with how his side have responded to a slow start, however.
Drinkwater tries his luck from range, after neat work from Mahrez. The Algeria international hurdles one challenge, before teeing up his teammate, but the former Manchester United midfielder can only loop an awful attempt high of Adrian's crossbar.
Okazaki breaks down the right flank at pace, with Ogbonna covering across to foul the ex-Mainz forward and concede a free-kick. Albrighton curls it in from out wide, with Huth rising highest at the back post to meet it! The German defender keeps his attempt down, but it bounces off the turf and then wide of the far upright.
Payet curls a cross in from the left, but it is cleared with ease. The home fans start to get behind their men, who have stuttered a little in the opening exchanges. Fuchs wins a throw-in on the left, before launching a long throw into the six-yard box, but Adrian claims with ease.
Leicester still haven't broken forward with any intent, as the Hammers continue to sit deep and then counter dangerously. Payet gets another chance to whip a free-kick delivery in, this time from the left flank, with the Foxes giving away some set pieces in rather risky areas.
Payet shoots high and wide! The former Lille man drives down the left flank, before jinking into the penalty and firing beyond the near post. The away side have threatened on the break in the opening minutes, with the pace of Emenike included due to the aim of flustering both Huth and Morgan.
West Ham win an early free-kick on the right-hand side, with Payet set to whip it in from deep! The delivery from the Frenchman picks out Kouyate at the near post, with the midfielder's flicked header beating Schmeichel! The effort rebounds of the inside of the right upright, before bobbling across the face of goal and kissing the opposite one too! Somehow it stays out and the goalkeeper smothers the loose ball.
We are underway in the first half at the King Power! Leicester could take another huge step towards the Premier League trophy this afternoon, but they need to defeat a physical and powerful West Ham outfit in order to do so.
West Ham substitutes: Randolph, Tomkins, Carroll, Valencia, Collins, Byram, Lanzini.
West Ham starting line-up (4-3-3): Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell' Kouyate, Obiang, Noble; Moses, Emenike, Payet.
Leicester substitutes: King, Amartey, Schlupp, Gray, Ulloa, Wasilewski, Schwarzer.
Leicester starting line-up (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
TEAM NEWS: Emmanuel Emenike starts up top for the away side, with Victor Moses and Dimitri Payet starting in the wide areas. Pedro Obiang adds some physicality to the midfield three, with Michail Antonio deployed at right-back instead of James Tomkins. Angelo Ogbonna continues at centre-back in the absence of a match-ready James Collins, with no other changes made by the Hammers.
TEAM NEWS: The back four remains unchanged for the hosts, with no surprises throughout the starting line-up from Claudio Ranieri. Marc Albrighton starts on the left-hand side, with Shinji Okazaki set to run himself into the ground up top alongside Jamie Vardy.
Currently, Slaven Bilic's men are seven points off Champions League football, but sit merely five points in the wake of Manchester United in fifth place. The Hammers are on a run of five games without a win, and need to right their form soon if they are to profit from what has been a generally successful campaign.
Hello and welcome to one of the Premier League's early kick-offs, as Leicester continue the hunt for the title on home soil. Currently, the Foxes are seven points clear at the summit of the table, but need to continue their excellent momentum if they are to stave off the challenge of Spurs and triumph in the unlikeliest of underdog stories.