Moses, Ndidi Shine, Musa Returns As Chelsea, Leicester Win

Moses, Ndidi Shine, Musa Returns As Chelsea, Leicester Win

 

 

By James Agberebi:

Chelsea stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 13 points following a hard-fought 2-1 win against 10-man Stoke City at the Bet365 on Saturday.

Nigeria winger Victor Moses was on from the start before going off for Cesc Fabregas with 20 minutes left.

Willian gave Chelsea the lead in the 13th minute beating Stoke's keeper Lee Grant with a clever free-kick.

Stoke had the ball in the back of the net through Bruni Martins Indi on 32 minutes but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Stoke eventually got back on level terms as Jon Walters converted a 38th minute penalty after he was fouled inside the 18-yard box by Gary Cahill.

But in the 87th minute Cahill atoned for giving away a penalty as he scored the winner from close range after David Luiz initial header was blocked.

In the final seconds in the game, Phil Beardsley was sent off for a foul on Fabregas.

Also on Saturday, Leicester City continued their resurgence in the Premier League as they secured their third straight league win under Craig Shakespeare following a nervy 3-2 win away to West Ham.

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was in the thick of things for Leicester, while Ahmed Musa made a return to the Foxes as he replaced Shinji Okazaki on 76 minutes.

 

It was Musa's first game since Claudio Ranieri was sacked.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring in the fifth minute after sending in a curler which sneaked inside the post.

Two minutes later Robert Huth doubled Leicester's lead heading in Marc Albrighton's pass.

West Ham got a goal back as Manuel Lanzini made it 2-1 on 20 minutes after a brilliant free-kick from the edge of the area.

Leicester restored their two-goal cushion on 39 minutes as Jamie Vardy smashed in from a goal-mouth scramble off a corner to make it 3-1.

In the 63rd minute, Andre Ayew once again pulled West Ham back in the game heading in Andy Carroll's assist.

The win takes Leicester to 15th in the league table and six points away from the relegation zone.

At  Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace defeated Watford 1-0 thanks to an own goal by Troy Deeney on 68 minutes.

Nigeria forward Isaac Success was introduced for Tom Cleverly with 10 minutes remaining.

And at Goodison Park, Nigeria youngster Ademola Lookman was an unused substitute as Everton thrashed struggling 10-man Hull City 4-0.

Goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Enner Valencia and Romelu Lukaku (brace) secured the comfortable win for the Toffees.

Tom Huddlestone was shown a straight red card over a foul on Idrissa Gueye.

 

All of Ndidi, Musa, Moses and Success have been invited for next week's friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso.

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    George Ukaegbu 5 months

    Good day,

    I think Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr should beam his searchlight on some of our NPFL stars e.g. Friday Odey instead of Isaac Success who only made a return this weekend after weeks of being injured.

    It is sad to see achievements by in-form potential Super Eagles being ignored for overseas-based bench-warmers.