Premier League: Chelsea into 3rd place, Arsenal held by Leicester City

By: AP |

Updated: July 8, 2020 1:43:40 pm


Southampton vs Manchester City Leicester’s Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Manchester City at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England on July 5. (AP/Will Oliver)

On a night of spectacular goals in the Premier League, it was a pair of tackles that had the most significant impact on the hard-fought race for Champions League qualification.

Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace was only secured thanks to a remarkable last-ditch challenge by center back Kurt Zouma, who somehow made up ground to divert the ball away as Christian Benteke was about to shoot late in stoppage time.

Then, hours later at a rain-soaked Emirates Stadium, Arsenal was leading 1-0 against Leicester and on course for a win that would have thrown open the fight for a finish in the top four when substitute striker Eddie Nketiah was handed a straight red card in the 75th minute for a studs-first lunge on James Justin.

Jamie Vardy equalized nine minutes later with a goal that took a while to be confirmed by the video assistant referee to seal a 1-1 draw, dealing a huge setback to Arsenal’s improbable hopes of climbing into the top five.