February 27, 2016

LEICESTER, England (AP) Late substitute Leonardo Ulloa struck an 89th minute winner to give Premier League leader Leicester City a 1-0 victory over struggling Norwich on Saturday.

Ulloa came on in the 78th minute and steered the ball home from close range following a cross by Marc Albrighton.

Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have scored more league goals than the entire Norwich team put together, with 33 to 30. But they were kept in check as Norwich played Leicester at its own game, sitting deep and then looking to hit the opposition on the break.

The strategy worked until the very end of the match at King Power Stadium.

Leicester now tops the standings with 56 points, five more than Arsenal and Tottenham, which play their matches on Sunday.

Leicester carved out the first decent chance when Norwich defender Russell Martin almost turned Vardy's cross into his own net.

Leicester's Robert Huth sent a header over the bar but Norwich was otherwise doing a good job of frustrating the league leaders, leaving little space for Vardy to exploit - although the danger of Mahrez and Marc Albrighton was evident.

Albrighton came close when his free kick dropped just wide but Norwich finished the half on top and Cameron Jerome should have put the visitors ahead.

The striker - without a goal since December - rose highest to meet Robbie Brady's 39th-minute corner but glanced a six-yard effort wide.

Nathan Redmond was then denied by Schmeichel as Norwich grew in confidence - which continued after the break.

Ranieri responded with a double change, throwing on Jeff Schlupp and Andy King, before a final throw of the dice when he replaced debutant Daniel Amartey with Ulloa.

Nathan Redmond whistled an excellent 25-yard (meter) drive just wide for Norwich with seven minutes to go and it looked as though his side had done enough for a draw.

But, with less thany two minutes left, Ulloa popped up at the far post to fire in Albrighton's cross from point-blank range.

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