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Sports News of Saturday, 15 April 2017

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

Schlupp plays for Crystal Palace draw with Leicester City, Amartey benched

Ghana defender Jeffery Schlupp was in action for Crystal Palace on Saturday helping them to edge towards Premier League survival with their 2-2 draw against his former club Leicester City on Saturday.

Schlupp played for 69 minutes as Palace fought back from two goals down in an absorbing draw with Leicester at Selhurst Park.

His compatriot Daniel Amartey was left on the Leicester City bench for the entire duration of the game.

The Foxes took the lead on six minutes as the hosts' lax defending allowed Robert Huth to rise and head in Christian Fuchs' long throw.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare had opted not to rest the majority of his stars before Tuesday's Champions League return against Atletico Madrid, and was vindicated when Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy combined to make it 2-0.

The visitors broke from a Palace corner, with Mahrez setting Vardy free before the England striker cut back inside former Foxes defender Jeffrey Schlupp to curl his shot beyond Wayne Hennessey.

It was a goal reminiscent of Leicester's title-winning exploits last season, but this year's defensive frailties returned when Yohan Cabaye reacted quickest to Schlupp's blocked shot to sweep home.

Christian Benteke completed Palace's comeback on 70 minutes, overpowering Yohan Benalouane to convert Andros Townsend's cross, though Danny Drinkwater went close to a winner for the visitors late on.