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EPL PIX: Chelsea held by Leicester at Stamford Bridge

August 18, 2019 23:54 IST

IMAGES from the English Premier League matches played on Sunday

Leicester City's Dennis Praet, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans attempt to block a free kick from Chelsea's Mason Mount

IMAGE: Leicester City's Dennis Praet, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans attempt to block a free kick from Chelsea's Mason Mount during their match at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Leicester City in his first home match in charge on Sunday as a second-half header by Wilfred Ndidi cancelled out Mason Mount's early goal on his home debut.

 

Chelsea raced into a quick lead when the 20 year-old Mount, one of a crop of young players given their chance by Lampard, stole the ball from a dallying Ndidi and left Kasper Schmeichel with no chance with his shot in the seventh minute.

Leicester City's Youri Tielemans vies with Chelsea's Mason Mount and N'Golo Kante 

IMAGE: Leicester City's Youri Tielemans vies with Chelsea's Mason Mount and N'Golo Kante. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

The goal capped an opening onslaught by the new-look Blues who were roared on by the home fans excited at the return of Chelsea's all-time top scorer Lampard as manager.

But Leicester grew into the game and equalised in the 67th minute when Ndidi atoned for his first-half error by heading home a James Maddison corner. Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans spurned chances to win it for Leicester late on.

Lundstram strike gives Sheffield Utd 1-0 win over Palace

Sheffield United's John Lundstram scores their first goal against Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane in Sheffield

IMAGE: Sheffield United's John Lundstram scores their first goal against Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane in Sheffield. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

John Lundstram's second-half goal gave Sheffield United a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, in the first Premier League game at Bramall Lane for 12 years.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson restored Wilfred Zaha to his starting line-up after starting him on the bench for the scoreless opening-week draw against Everton, while Chris Wilder started with the same side that secured a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

Zaha, who has been linked with a move away from the club before the European transfer window closes on Sept. 2, was kept under control by the Sheffield defence as Palace once again struggled to create scoring opportunities.

David McGoldrick missed a great opportunity to put the home side ahead just before halftime, but 25-year-old midfielder Lundstram made no mistake early in the second period, lashing the ball home after it was steered into his path by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke is locked in an aerial battle with Sheffield United's Chris Basham and George Baldock 

IMAGE: Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke is locked in an aerial battle with Sheffield United's Chris Basham and George Baldock. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Lundstram's strike mean he has now scored a goal in each of England's top four divisions.

Employing a more direct approach to try to force an equaliser, Palace had plenty of possession, but the Sheffield rearguard dealt comfortably with their attacks as they sealed their first win of the season.

Sheffield United will host Leicester City next weekend while Palace, who have yet to score in the league, face a daunting trip to Manchester United.

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