Chelsea 2-1 Leicester: No Tuchel, no Gallagher, no bother for Sterling and co in Fofana derby

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Raheem Sterling shoots Credit: PA Images
Raheem Sterling shoots Credit: PA Images

Raheem Sterling scored his first two Chelsea goals as the Blues overcame Conor Gallagher’s first-half red card to beat Leicester.

Chelsea seemed to be in for a tough afternoon when Gallagher was sent off for two bookable offences before the half-hour mark.

But Sterling opened his Blues account with a deflected effort before rekindling his Manchester City magic by tapping a second into an empty net from a matter of yards.

Harvey Barnes inspired an attempted Leicester comeback just three minutes after the Foxes fell 2-0 behind but the visitors could not muster an equaliser.

The Blues started brightly and – after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had seen a shot saved by goalkeeper Danny Ward – they were awarded a penalty when Loftus-Cheek went down in the box.

However, referee Paul Tierney overturned his decision after Kai Havertz was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up.

The Blues were reduced to 10 men when Gallagher, booked for an early challenge on Barnes, was dismissed in the 28th minute after receiving another one for fouling the same player as the Foxes counter-attacked.

Seven minutes before the break, the visitors thought they had taken the lead when Barnes headed home, but the effort was ruled out for a foul on Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

The hosts came close to breaking the deadlock four minutes later when Reece James struck the post with an effort from Sterling’s cross, before Jamie Vardy shot wide at the other end after good work by Youri Tielemans.

A little more than a minute after the restart, Sterling broke the deadlock with a shot from the edge of the area, after being found by Marc Cucurella.

The Blues, who introduced Cesar Azpilicueta at half-time, went from four at the back to three and looked more threatening.

They doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when Sterling tapped in James’ cross at the far post, however, the Foxes had hope three minutes later when Barnes beat Mendy at his near post to pull a goal back.

Vardy fired a shot into the side-netting and Ayoze Perez came close as the visitors sought a leveller.

However, Chelsea were able to hold on for their first home win of the campaign.

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