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Leicester City extend Lampard’s search for first EPL game victory


Wilfred Ndidi, Super Eagles midfielder, was first villain, then hero for Leicester City in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge in London to extend Frank Lampard’s managerial headache.

Lampard who returned empty-handed from Old Trafford last Sunday, after a 4-0 thrashing at Manchester United was hoping to recover with a win at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City — but Ndidi made that impossible with a 67-minute goal.

Ndidi made a mistake which led to Chelsea taking the lead in the seventh minute, but the determined midfield enforcer redeemed himself in the second period with the equalizer.

The 22-year-old former Genk of Belgium player collected a pass from Johnny Evans on the edge of his penalty area but lack of awareness meant he was unaware of two players pressing him.

He took too many touches and was stripped of the ball by 20-year-old Chelsea attacking midfielder, Mason Mount, who slotted into the bottom corner for Chelsea’s goal.

The combative, ball-winning midfielder almost made amends in the 37th minute but he was just inches away from stabbing in a free-kick delivery as Chelsea took a 1-0 halftime lead.

Ndidi finally did in the 67th minute, rising above Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, to nestle a fine header into the roof of the net from James Maddison’s corner-kick delivery for Leicester’s deserved equalizer.

Madison and Jamie Vardy would miss clear-cut chances to complete the turnaround as Leicester made it two draws in their opening games of the season.

Ndidi, who won the Leicester City young player of the year award for two consecutive seasons, played all 38 league games last season, scoring two goals, and has now featured for 90 minutes in both games played in the new EPL season.


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