Weekend Football Review

Leicester City title charge was slowed down by a 2-2 draw against West Ham while Chelsea got a serious bashding from Man City in a weekend that saw Aston Villa finally relegated from the English Premier League.

Leonardo Ulloa’s penalty in the fifth-minute of stoppage-time rescued a point for 10-man Premier League leaders Leicester City in a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United on Sunday that left the Foxes eight points clear at the top.

England striker Jamie Vardy, who had given Leicester the lead with his 22nd league goal of the season, was controversially sent off by Jonathan Moss for what the referee ruled a deliberate dive in the box early in the second half as the forward tried to claim a penalty.

Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace after Yannick Bolasie struck a late goal in their Premier League clash on Sunday to leave Arsene Wenger’s side looking over their shoulders in the race for a top four place.

Alexis Sanchez put the hosts ahead when he nodded home Danny Welbeck’s delightful dinked ball just before halftime but Bolasie equalised with a low drive from the edge of area that beat Petr Cech at his near post in the 82nd minute.

Meanwhile, on the Spanish Scene, Lionel Messi’s 500th career goal couldn’t prevent Barcelona’s incredible slump in form from continuing with a fourth defeat in five games 2-1 at home to Valencia on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid are now level on 76 points with Barca at the top of La Liga with five games remaining as they beat Granada 3-0, but the Catalans retain the lead thanks to their superior head-to-head record.

Sporting Gijon remain in the relegation zone, despite ending Las Palmas’ three-game winning streak by coming from behind to draw 1-1, while Real Sociedad failed to build on last week’s win over Barca and lost a controversial Basque derby with Eibar 2-1.

And on the German Club Scene, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski was delighted to finish a week which started with a car crash and ended with two goals in Saturday’s 3-0 Bundesliga win over Schalke.

Lewandowski chested down Arturo Vidal’s header, then hit the back of the net on 54 minutes at Munich’s Allianz Arena to end his dry patch after 390 minutes without a goal.

The Poland hot-shot headed home his 27th league goal of the season on 65 minutes to leave him as the Bundesliga’s top scorer, four ahead of Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund eased past nine-man Hamburg SV 3-0 on Sunday to keep their slim Bundesliga title hopes alive as they moved seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich with four games left.

American teenager Christian Pulisic became the fourth youngest player to score in the Bundesliga when the 17-year-old drilled in from a tight angle in the 38th minute.

Adrian Ramos added another goal six minutes later, shaking off two defenders and firing in for a two-goal cushion going into the break as Dortmund looked to recover from their last-gasp Europa League elimination by Liverpool in midweek.




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