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Saints, Leicester in 1-1 stalemate

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2021 | 12:10 AM
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse celebrates after scoring his side’s goal during their English Premier League draw with Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England yesterday.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse celebrates after scoring his side’s goal during their English Premier League draw with Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England yesterday.

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):

Leicester City’s bid for UEFA Champions League football suffered a minor setback when they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with 10-man Southampton in the English Premier League yesterday.

Jonny Evans’ 68th-minute header earned third-placed Leicester a point on the south coast after James Ward-Prowse’s penalty opener for the battling hosts.

Saints played for 80 minutes a man down after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off for bringing down Jamie Vardy on the edge of the hosts’ 18-yard box.

Brendan Rodgers’ team was unable to take full advantage of the early dismissal and the result moved the Foxes eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham in the race for European football.

A dogged Southampton extended their distance from the relegation zone to 10 points.

Leicester, who defeated their hosts 1-0 in an FA Cup semifinal less than a fortnight ago, was back at St Mary’s for the first time since record-breaking 9-0 success in October 2019.

Southampton was seeking a measure of revenge for those painful recent losses, but was without injured top-scorer Danny Ings, who may miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring issue suffered in a loss at Tottenham last week.

Today’s games:

Palace v Man City 6:30 a.m.

Brighton v Leeds 9 a.m.

Chelsea v Fulham 11:30 a.m.

Everton v Villa 2 p.m.

Tomorrow’s games:

Newcastle v Arsenal 8 a.m.

Man Utd v L’pool 10:30 a.m.

Spurs v Sheff Utd 1:15 p.m.

Monday’s games:

West Brom v Wolves 12 p.m.

Burnley v West Ham 2:15 p.m.