Saturday 8 August, 2020

Vardy rescues draw for Champions League-chasing Leicester at Arsenal

Leicester's Jamie Vardy, centre, is congratulated by teammate Demarai Gray after scoring a late goal during the English Premier League football match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Davy,Pool).

Leicester's Jamie Vardy, centre, is congratulated by teammate Demarai Gray after scoring a late goal during the English Premier League football match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London, England, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Davy,Pool).

Jamie Vardy rescued a valuable point for Leicester in their bid to return to the Champions League, securing a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday that damaged the Gunners' hopes of qualifying for Europe's elite competition.

Arsenal threw away the lead secured by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half goal after Eddie Nketiah was sent off for a challenge on James Justin in the 75th minute.

Vardy slotted in the equaliser after meeting Demarai Gray's cross.

While Leicester were dislodged from third place by Chelsea, which beat Crystal Palace earlier, the 2006 champions are still four points ahead of fifth-place Manchester United, which play Aston Villa on Thursday.

Arsenal are five points behind United in seventh place. Fifth place will secure a Champions League spot if second-place Manchester City fail to overturn their European ban covering next season.

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