Wasteful Chelsea set to finish third after Leicester draw21 May 2022
Leicester\'s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (right) makes a save in front of Chelsea\'s Marcos Alonso (center) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London on Thursday.
Chelsea defender Marco Alonso scored a glorious equalizer to earn a 1-1 home draw with Leicester City on Thursday and effectively seal third place in the Premier League ahead of the final round of fixtures.
The draw lifted Chelsea to 71 points, 19 behind leaders Manchester City and three ahead of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, but Chelsea's far superior goal difference means Spurs have no realistic chance of overtaking them.
Chelsea will be disappointed not to win a game in which they had 27 shots but scored only one goal as they dominated possession.
In contrast, Leicester scored with their only effort on target after seven minutes as Kasper Schmeichel sent a sweeping long ball to Timothy Castagne and his deflected pass fell into the path of James Maddison who curled a shot past Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea's 34th-minute equalizer was exquisite as Reece James lofted a diagonal ball into the area for Alonso to volley home and it looked a matter of time before they added to their tally.
Thiago Silva sent a raking ball into the box but the lively Hakim Ziyech could not connect with it as Chelsea sought to turn their dominance into goals.