Leicester City have done it! They've finally won a Premier League away game! I know it's hard to believe, but they've actually done it, holding on to beat West Ham 3-2 at the London Stadium.
The Foxes got the ball rolling early, piling on the pressure from the opening kickoff. West Ham seemed clueless in defence and struggled to get a foot on the ball. Riyad Mahrez unintentionally opened the scoring in the 5th minute, his delightful cross into the area was meant to find the head of Shinji Okazaki, but instead crept in at the back post without a touch; a dream start for Leicester.
But it got even better 2 minutes later. The Foxes found themselves with a free kick in an excellent position just outside the area and spectacularly capitalized. Mahrez played it short to Marc Albrighton who pulled off an outrageous outside of the foot cross to find Robert Huth unmarked for a free header to make it 2-0 in 7 minutes.
Unfortunately Leicester let their foot off the gas and West Ham were able to capitalize. A silly foul gave the Hammers a free kick in a central position on the edge of the area. Manuel Lanzini stepped up and found the top corner of the net to cut the lead in half.
The Foxes restored their 2 goal lead at the end of the half after an Albrighton corner caused havoc in the 6-yard box. The ball ended up at the feet of Jamie Vardy, who made no mistake and slotted it home from close range to give the visitors a 3-1 lead at the half.
As good as Leicester played in the 1st half, they clearly ran out of steam in the 2nd. West Ham ran them ragged and eventually pulled a goal back through another set piece. A corner kick was swung in to an unmarked Andy Carroll at the back post. Carroll headed it back across goal to André Ayew, who was able to head home from close range to make it 3-2. It was calamitous defending from Huth, and things were starting to look bleak with just under 30 minutes left to play.
Leicester continued to be pressed back and couldn't clear the ball for long stretches, allowing West Ham to whip crosses into the box at an alarming rate.
Kasper Schmeichel somehow managed to save a Carroll header from point-blank range in the 77th minute, and then spectacularly denied Carroll again after a deflected free kick left him 5 yards out with no Leicester player in sight, yet Schemeichel charged out and got a strong hand to it, more or less singlehandedly winning Leicester the game.
Schmeichel heroics aside, the team showed great resilience despite being absolutely knackered for large stages of the 2nd half. It was definitely a vintage Leicester performance that leaves the team 6 points clear of the relegation zone, and hopefully out of trouble. The international break should give the team some much needed rest before a very winnable home tie to Stoke on the horizon. It's definitely been a crazy few weeks, but that away win couldn't have come at a better time.