Chelsea get revenge over Leicester City by condemning them to a nervy final day! Chelsea were deserved winners after controlling most of the game.
Leicester led a charmed life until the second half when Rudiger broke the deadlock from a corner from Ben Chilwell. It was whipped in, on to the head of Cesar Azpilicueta, as often happens, and then over the line via the thigh of Antonio Rudiger, a yard or so from goal.
He was in the right position, but didn’t seem to know a great deal about it. He celebrated, however, as if he had struck a 30-yard winner at Wembley, like Youri Tielemans
The eventual winner, it came from a moment of rashness by Wesley Fofana.
He has been brilliant this season but shepherding Timo Werner away from danger he decided to have a crack at nicking the ball.
He clipped Werner instead, who fell as if his legs had been taken by a passing lumberjack.
Mike Dean was unimpressed by Andre Marriner in the VAR booth saw contact just inside the area and advised a penalty award.
Jorginho sealed the win from the penalty spot.
Iheanacho came off the bench to pull a goal back for Leicester, but by then the damage was already done.
Chelsea got into a mess playing out the back. Mateo Kovacic — on for the injured N’Golo Kante, a worry with two huge matches looming.
As disappointing as Thomas Tuchel’s side were at Wembley, so they were superior in this second leg.
A different competition, and a very different occasion at Stamford Bridge in front of home fans only, but this was Chelsea at their most dangerous — or it would have been had they taken all their chances.
Leicester were disappointing and surprisingly tame for much of the match, but Chelsea’s profligacy meant a Kelechi Iheanacho goal after 76 minutes made for a very nervy finish.
Leicester were second-best here and Rodgers needs to calm his side quickly if they don’t want to throw away a Champions League spot two years in a row.
It shouldn’t have been that way. Chelsea were much the better team and should have been ahead by some distance before Leicester’s revival. Instead it needed two goals with an element of fortune to deliver what they deserved.
The top-four race will go right down to the wire, then, as Chelsea visit Aston Villa and Leicester host Tottenham on the final day of the season.
Chelsea’s victory lifts them to third in the Premier League, just one point above Leicester in fourth.
This result confirms that Manchester United will finish second.
If Liverpool win away to Burnley this week they’ll go ahead of Leicester on goal difference.
Leicester especially will be hoping that Burnley do them a favour. If not, then Liverpool may end up having the last laugh.