Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table and increased the pressure on struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard with an impressive victory at The King Power Stadium.
The Foxes knew a win would see them overhaul Manchester United and they were on their way after only six minutes when Wilfred Ndidi fired in off the inside of the post from 20 yards.
Chelsea rarely threatened, although they were denied a first-half penalty by VAR when Christian Pulisic went down under a challenge from Jonny Evans, only for the technology to confirm the offence took place just outside the area.
Lampard’s misery was swiftly reinforced as Leicester City broke clear to add a second four minutes before the break, James Maddison sweeping a cool finish past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy on the half-volley from Marc Albrighton’s pass.
Chelsea barely raised a gallop after the break and it was Leicester who created the better openings as James Justin headed wide when unmarked and Mendy saved from Youri Tielemans.
Leicester are now a point ahead of Manchester United having played a game more while Chelsea are in eighth, five points off the Champions League places.
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- 3FofanaBooked at 85mins
- 11AlbrightonSubstituted forRicardo Pereiraat 77′minutes
- 10MaddisonSubstituted forPérezat 76′minutes
- 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 88′minutes
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 6Thiago Silva
- 29HavertzBooked at 29minsSubstituted forZiyechat 67′minutesBooked at 89mins
- 17KovacicBooked at 51mins
- 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forWernerat 68′minutes
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Match ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 0.
Second Half ends, Leicester City 2, Chelsea 0.
Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Mount.
Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).
James Justin (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Jamie Vardy.
VAR Decision: No Goal Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea.
Offside, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.
Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester City).
Foul by Tammy Abraham (Chelsea).
Timothy Castagne (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Reece James.
Foul by Timo Werner (Chelsea).
Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ricardo Pereira replaces Marc Albrighton.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez replaces James Maddison.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).