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Spurs held; Leicester closer to title

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 4:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

Leicester are one victory from becoming one of the unlikeliest champions in English football history a year after nearly being relegated from the Premier League.

The path to the trophy became clearer yesterday after closest challengers Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion, giving Leicester a seven-point lead with three games remaining.

Tottenham went ahead through a messy own goal in the 33rd minute. Craig Dawson tried to stop Jan Vertonghen getting on the end of Eriksen's free kick but instead managed to move the ball over the line with his stomach while on the ground.

The equaliser came in the 73rd minute when Gardner whipped in a corner and Dawson climbed above Eric Dier to power a header into the right net this time.

Leicester's first chance to seal the first top flight title in their 132-year history comes on Sunday at the home of record 20-time champions Manchester United.

Even if Leicester fail to win at Old Trafford, manager Claudio Ranieri can be handed the title if his former club, Chelsea, beat Tottenham next Monday.

Leicester would have to wait until the final day of the season to receive the trophy when they play at deposed champions Chelsea, who are 29 points adrift in ninth place.

Ranieri's team of bargain signings and even castoffs is on course to become the first maiden title-winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978 by completing the greatest transformation of a team in the post-1992 Premier League era.

Although Spurs look set to miss out on a first title since 1961, they are close to qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in six years with their highest finish since 1963.

"We are very young and we need to use this experience for the next few seasons," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said