Chelsea Held By Stubborn Leicester  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 1 Leicester City 1

Marcos AlonsoChelsea effectively secured a third-place finish despite failing to capitalise on a dominant performance as they drew 1-1 with Leicester.

The Blues, defeated by Liverpool on penalties in Saturday's FA Cup final, fell behind when James Maddison curled home a stunning finish in the early stages but it proved to be one of only two Leicester shots in a one-sided game.

Chelsea equalised when Marcos Alonso, who was guilty of slack defending in the build-up to Leicester's opener, rifled home a lofted cross from fellow wing-back Reece James in the first half.

But they could not find a way past Kasper Schmeichel after that as they endured another frustrating night at Stamford Bridge, where they have only won eight Premier League games out of 18 this season.

Christian Pulisic spurned their best chance, missing an open goal from a Romelu Lukaku centre in the second half, and while the draw puts them three points clear of Tottenham, all but clinching third thanks to their vastly superior goal difference, it was a disappointing result for Thomas Tuchel and his players.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Mendy (6), Chalobah (6), Silva (7), Rudiger (6), Alonso (7), Kante (5), Jorginho (6), James (8), Pulisic (5), Ziyech (6), Lukaku (6).

Subs: Azpilicueta (6), Loftus-Cheek (6), Havertz (6).

Leicester: Schmeichel (8), Amartey (7), Evans (8), Fofana (8), Thomas (7), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Mendy (7), Castagne (7), Maddison (8), Iheanacho (6), Vardy (6).

Subs: Barnes (6), Perez (6).

Man of the match: Reece James

How Leicester frustrated Chelsea

Chelsea started brightly and went close to opening the scoring after four minutes when Hakim Ziyech span away from Daniel Amartey and fired a long-range effort just past the post.

Leicester were struggling to get out of their own half but soon they were ahead, Alonso's dithering allowing Timothy Castagne to latch onto Schmeichel's long pass and release a cut-back which deflected into the path of Maddison.

Maddison ran onto the loose ball unopposed, then shimmied away from Thiago Silva before curling a delightful finish inside Edouard Mendy's left-hand post from outside the Chelsea box.

The goal silenced the home fans but Chelsea continued to dominate possession and territory and went close to equalising a few minutes later when a powerful long-range effort from Trevoh Chalobah was acrobatically saved by Schmeichel.

There was an opening for Romelu Lukaku, starting a fourth consecutive game for the first time since February, but he took too long to get his shot off following N'Golo Kante's interception and pass, allowing Amartey to get back and make the block.

Instead it was left to Alonso to bring Chelsea level, the Spaniard redeeming his earlier error when he slammed home James' angled cross on the volley for his fourth Premier League goal of the season.

Chelsea's dominance continued in the second period but Leicester defended resolutely and when the hosts did create openings, they lacked the cutting edge to take advantage.

Lukaku, who endured another frustrating evening following his poor showing in Saturday's FA Cup final, headed narrowly wide from a Ziyech cross when he should have hit the target.

Pulisic's miss, his scuffed shot rolling wide with the goal gaping after Lukaku had been played in on the right-hand side of the Leicester box, came moments later and caused disbelief among the home supporters.

Antonio Rudiger was next to go close as he fired a low effort too close to Schmeichel, and the centre-back was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch when he was only booked for lunging in on Wesley Fofana a few minutes later.

Chelsea continued to push for a winner in the closing stages but Leicester, led by the excellent Jonny Evans in the heart of their back three, held firm and the hosts' miserable night in front of goal was summed up by a Kai Havertz air-shot in the closing stages.

For Leicester, the draw means they could still leapfrog Wolves into eighth place on the final day of the season on Sunday.

What's next for Chelsea and Leicester?

Chelsea round off their Premier League season at home to relegated Watford on Sunday while Leicester host Southampton, with both games kicking off at 4pm.

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Chelsea Mendy, Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho (c), Kante (Loftus-Cheek 72), Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic (Azpilicueta 72), Lukaku (Havertz 78)
Subs Not Used Kepa, Kenedy, Sarr, Saul, Barkley, Mount
Booked Kante, Lukaku, Rudiger, Jorginho
Goals Alonso 34

Leicester City Schmeichel (c), Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Thomas, Mendy, Maddison, Amartey, Dewsbury-Hall, Iheanacho (Barnes 64), Vardy (Perez 78)
Subs Not Used Ward, Soyuncu, Pereira, Choudhury, Albrighton, Lookman Daka
Booked Evans
Goals Madison 6

Attendance 31,478

Referee Stuart Attwell

VAR Lee Mason