Frank Lampard’s Chelsea has taken a point from Leicester City in a 2-2 draw, thanks to Antonio Rudiger who marked his 100th appearance for Chelsea with an unlikely brace at the King Power Stadium.
Chelsea was ahead at the King Power Stadium when Rudiger nodded in Mason Mount’s corner but the blues were in lead just less than 10 minutes, with Harvey Barnes drawing the hosts level from Reece James to leave Willy Caballero picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Argentine goalkeeper, making his first league start since May 2019, had little chance of keeping out Leicester’s second goal, Ben Chilwell popping up at the back post to convert Youri Tielemans’ low cross by sweeping the ball in with his right foot.
Yet, just like their opponents, the Foxes failed to hold on to their advantage.
Having scored on one end, Rudiger, who sent a looping header over Kasper Schmeichel and into the net in the 71st minute, beat Chilwell to Mount’s delivery from out wide.
The hosts had the better opportunities to score late in proceedings, Jonny Evans heading wide before Barnes also failed to hit the target when clean through, while there was the late drama of a VAR check when the ball struck Rudiger’s hand in the area deep into stoppage time.
Still, the result means Leicester remain eight points clear of the team directly below them, with Chelsea left nervously looking over their shoulder as they occupy the final Champions League berth.