Crystal Palace came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Leicester City as both teams picked up a point in the quest for survival.
It had taken Leicester just six minutes to open the scoring. Christian Fuchs sent a long throw-in into the Crystal Palace six yard box where Robert Huth rose highest at the near post to head in.
The hosts were the better side in the first half but went in behind and were 2-0 down soon after when Jamie Vardy finished a decisive Foxes breakaway by checking back inside the last defender and curling a left-footed shot into the net.
However Palace grabbed a goal back within two minutes through Yohan Cabaye and the comeback was complete 16 minutes later when Christian Benteke climbed above Yohan Benalouane, legally in the eyes of the officials, to head in Andros Townsend’s cross.
Benalouane went off injured soon after which is bad news for Leicester ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday for which Wes Morgan is already a doubt.
The result leaves Leicester 12th on 37 points and Crystal Palace 15th with 35.
Crystal Palace are surely safe. Having won five of their last six games going into this one many were assuming the Eagles were safe. However, that four of the Eagles’ six remaining fixtures are against sides in the top five getting something today was crucial. It wasn’t the win they wanted but, with Swansea losing, they are now seven points clear of the drop zone and it would be a huge surprise if they weren’t a Premier League team next season.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Robert Huth (Leicester City). The goal obviously stands out, but more impressive were the multiple crucial blocks he made. Leicester’s defence came under a lot of pressure but he coped with Benteke well and mopped up his fullbacks’ mess diligently.
6’ - GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City (Huth). Fuchs pumps a long throw into the box and Huth leaps highest at the near post to divert it into the net.
17’ - SAVE! Benteke does excellently to shrug off his marker and take a cross down on his chest at the far post, however Schmeichel is out quickly to block his effort and Huth them completes the job - the home fans think with his hand - on the post.
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