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Kurt Zouma PULLS OUT of starting XI as Creswell handball gifts Foxes equaliser

WEST HAM are ahead at Leicester despite Kurt Zouma withdrawing from the starting XI.

The controversial centre-back pulled out of the starting XI due to injuries and vision problems, West Ham have stated.

Zouma caused fury in the week after a video of him kicking and hitting his cat was uploaded to social media.

On the pitch, Jarrod Bowen gave West Ham the lead before an inexplicable handball from Aaron Creswell saw the hosts equalize from the penalty spot.

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  • Leicester City 1 West Ham 1

    45. Leicester get the second-half started.

    Diop the late addition to the side, will feel he has repaid his manager with the assist for Jarrod Bowen’s goal.

  • HT: Leicester City 1 West Ham 1

    This is the sort of game that will really test David Moyes’ credentials when it comes to challenging for a top-four spot.

    The sides around them have got games in hand, West Ham need to put points on the board to put pressure on their rivals.

    Leicester’s form is indifferent, this is a fixture they would be looking at winning before today.

  • HT: Leicester City 1 West Ham 1

    The Hammers will feel as though they had the better of the first 45 minutes.

    They were rarely troubled by The Foxes attack and spent enough time in their opponents final third to create more.

    Tielemens’ penalty showed them just what happens when you don’t take advantage of your dominance in a game.

  • HT: Leicester City 1 West Ham 1

    The referee brings the half to a close.

    West Ham will be disappointed they gave away their lead so late in the half.

    Only Creswell will know what was going through his mind as he handed Leicester a way back into the game.

  • Leicester City 1 West Ham 1

    45+1 We are going to have three additional minutes.

    West Ham counter from a Leicester attack, Antonio does well and looks to find Fornals in the box.

    His reaction is almost as if he thinks another player is behind him as he leaves it.

    There is no West Ham player behind Fornals.

    strange.

  • Goal – Leicester City 1 West Ham 1

    44. Youri Tielemens gives the home support something to cheer.

    He tucks the penalty away in the bottom left-hand corner.

    Fabianski went the right way but couldn’t get to it.

  • Penalty – Leicester City

    43. Aaron Cresswell handles the corner.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    42. The Foxes are trying to get balls into the box to create something.

    West Ham are strong in the air and it will take a pinpoint cross to pick out a Leicester player.

    Barnes runs into the box but a sliding tackle from Soucek concedes the corner.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    40. Harvey Barnes gets his first sight of goal in the 40th minute.

    He tries to bend one into the top corner, but it slides wide of the upright.

    West Ham will be looking to go into the break ahead at the very least.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    38. It has been a game of few chances so far.

    West Ham’s goal is the only shot on target by either side in the first half.

    Leicester look to counter with Harvey Barnes.

    The move breaks down.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    37. Well that’s not something you see every day.

    Antonio goes down under the challenge from Amartey.

    The Leicester player stops with the ball at his feet, showing compassion for his opponent on the floor.

    Schmeichel and Tielemens have words with their team-mate.

    Not quite Di Canio catching the ball however.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    34. Leicester’s passing starts to become wayward.

    They gift possession back to West Ham all too often.

    The fans voice their frustrations again.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    32. West Ham win a corner but the ball is easily cleared.

    The Hammers come straight back at Leicester but Fornals is fouled by Maddison.

    Cresswell looks to deliver.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    30. Justin leaves the pitch due to injury and is replaced by Luke Thomas.

    Corner to Leicester.

    Dewsbury-Hall whips it in but West Ham clears their lines.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    27. This is starting to become a more end to end game.

    West Ham are not afraid to get at The Foxes when the chance presents itself.

    Leicester look a different beast when the fans get behind them.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    25. Leicester are starting to apply more pressure as they win a series of corners after one another.

    Finally Dewsbury-Hall takes one short to Tielemens but the ball into the box is cleared.

    Rice breaks away on the counter attack for West Ham.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    24. Leicester win a corner which wakes up the home crowd.

    Suddenly their passionate roar urges the players on.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    22. A ball is played over the top for Daka to chase.

    The kind of direct passing that Jamie Vardy thrives on.

    Daka is fast and shows the defense a clean set of heels but Fabianski is quick to collect the ball.

    Better from Leicester.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    21. Leicester seem short of ideas when they get into the final third.

    The fans are becoming frustrated with seeing the ball being passed backwards all too often.

    The creativity is lacking at the moment.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    19. West Ham are growing into this game more and more.

    They are controlling possession and working the ball into dangerous areas to deliver into the Leicester box.

    The final ball needs a bit of work but they are stretching The Foxes when they attack.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    17. Cresswell stays on the ground after the challenge by Ricardo.

    No malice from the Leicester player but he gets a yellow card for his troubles anyway.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    15. As it stands The Hammers are now three points clear of fifth place.

    The fans could never have dreamed of competing for Champions League football at the start of the season.

    The next goal is crucial here today.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    13. Big period of play for Brendan Rodgers’ team.

    They need to find a way back into this game.

    The longer West Ham keep them out, the away team will grow in confidence.

    The home fans are becoming disgruntled already.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    11. This is the perfect start for David Moyes’ team.

    They have managed to silence the home fans early on.

    All that can be heard is the traveling Hammers fans.

  • Leicester City 0 West Ham 1

    9. A long-ball over the top of the Leicester defense and the West Ham front man is quickly onto it and finishes with ease.

    Great quick counter attack by West Ham.

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