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Summary

  1. Mahrez gets Leicester's winner
  2. Leicester move 5 points clear at the top
  3. Foxes capitalise on Tottenham's draw with Arsenal

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell...

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This is what it means...

Kasper Schmeichel
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Leicester are closing in ladies and gents. Where can they slip up? Trips to Manchester United, Chelsea? A home game against Everton. 

There's a long way to go but boy are we closing in on a story...

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That's it from me. The match report is live, so click here to read it.

Thanks for your tweets and texts, tune in for a live text on Match of the Day at 22:00 GMT if you want more stats, tweets and gossip.

'We have nine finals'

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Riyad Mahrez tells BBC Sport the team have "nine finals" left to play.

He admits he does think about being a champion when he is on his own.

"We are in a good way, if we carry on like this maybe we can do something crazy," says the Algerian. "To be honest I never thought we were favourites. Of course now we are first everyone will speak about us but we will just keep focused."

Mahrez reaction

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Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez speaks to Sky Sports: "It was very important to take points here with the draw between Arsenal and Tottenham. It was a good opportunity to go away from those two clubs. I'm very happy to score and help the team to win.

"Every player in this team has to bring something. We are a team, solid, together and I think this is the type of game we have to win sometimes.

Your best goal of the season? "I don't know, I have to see it again. When you're in the game you just want to score. It doesn't matter though, the most important is the team. We are doing something crazy this year."

On pulling up and holding his hamstring: I'm good, it was a little cramp, I'm good."

Can you feel excitement building? "I don't know if the excitement is getting bigger, after the game we were like normal. We are happy to be in this place. Not even we expected to be in this place. If we carry on maybe we can do something big. There are still nine games so we have to be focused. Five points is not that big, we have to keep going."

Foxes must continue with "good energy" - Ranieri

Watford 0-1 Leicester: Foxes must continue with "good energy" - Ranieri

Manager reaction

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Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores on if Leicester win the league: "It would be amazing for the league to show everyone it is possible in a very tough league. It means that this league is working very well. At the moment I look at the other teams and this is one of the best teams so it is not a surprise."

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Walker wants some of the Lineker bet it seems...

If Leicester DON'T win the Premier League I'll do the 1st @BBCBreakfast of the new season without trousers #OnlyKidding @GaryLineker

Remember Gary Lineker has vowed to do Match of the Day in his underwear if Leicester win it.

Manager reaction

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Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores speaks to Sky Sports: "It was very difficult, they defended very well, lots of intensity through the middle. We created some attempts, we make one mistake and when they score first it is very difficult.

"It was the first time a lot of our defence had played together but after 15 minutes we created stability. The possession is 50-50, the attempts is 11-10, but the goal is the key.

Are you concerned about a goal drought? "Of course. We have problems to score in the last matches. For me it will be interesting not to look at the strikers in this case, it's important to get goals from the other lines, I don't want to put pressure on the strikers."

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Someone's not a happy bunny...

Leicester & Ranieri are systematically disproving every single one of Wenger's decade-long excuses for failing to win the Premier League.

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Picture of the day? The look on the steward's face...

A Leicester fan covered in tattoos
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On closer inspection, this gent has brought gold teeth to the table too. What a day out he has had.

A Leicester fan covered in tattoos
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Oops...

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BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch being honest on Twitter...

In summer was shopping for a bed in London & saw Raineri doing the same. Told wife he was a washed up manager who couldn't even beat Faroes.

Manager reaction

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri tells Sky Sports why he introduced Andy King and Jeffrey Schlupp at half-time: "I saw they were in possession in midfield and we had Drinkwater and Kante alone to fight against them. I think I organised it better.   

On the title race: "I don't know who is behind us, I asked to my players 'every match is a final'. I don't know how many points we need. At the start of the season I said we needed one more than 39 from last season. Of course now we are running for something special."

The neutrals want Foxes win...

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@GaryLineker Here's hoping the blue and white ribbons will remain on the Premier League trophy for another year.

Manager reaction

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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri speaks to BBC Sport: "An important win, a big battle. Now there will be only battles for everybody not just for us. A tough match. We created four or five chances, they created two or three.

"We are so happy now.

"We wanted to show what we have inside. The desire is so high and we have a great opportunity. We know the way is very long and very tough.

On Riyad Mahrez hamstring: "No injury, he was tired and had a little cramp so I changed him in the late minutes. His goal was so important."

On the title race: "The title is not ours. We have to fight a lot, step by step and keep our feet on the ground. At the end we can see what happens. I'm sorry, we know every team can win or lose so it has to be slowly slowly."

Do you get a sense neutral fans are behind you? "Yes, I feel this as people stop me to say. Thank you, there is a good energy behind us and we must continue with this energy."

Champions League Foxes

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Leicester are 11 points clear of West Ham in fifth place with 27 available. The Champions League as a minimum is looking more and more secure.

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7pts from their last 3 games and 5pts clear at the top of the table - #LCFC really buckling under the pressure pundits keeping talking about

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"I can't believe this has happened," a colleague says with a smile as he looks at the league table.

Player reaction

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Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel speaks to Sky Sports: "It was very tough, we knew coming here would be a tough ask. Riyad has come up with a bit of magic so we are delighted.

"We started well but lost our way a little and the manager made a change to sort of a 4-1-4-1, it gave us a little more stability and balance and helped.

"I think all the way through we have had the belief that we have the players going forward to do something special. We are there to provide the fundamental base for them to do their magic and again Riyad has come up with the goods.

"People will think I'm telling lies but it is honestly one game at a time because that is what has got us to this point. We are in a good position but nine games, a lot can happen in that time."

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How long before the phrase 'it's Leicester's to lose' enters the English language?

Chris in Herts

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Yep, you guessed it... This day last year Leicester City were STILL BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE. Go figure #bbcfootball

Yep, you guessed it... This day last year Leicester City were STILL BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE. Go figure #bbcfootball

FULL-TIME

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"We shall not, we shall not be moved..."

You know the rest and the away end is singing it loudly. "Ranieri, oh oh oh, Ranieri oh oh oh, he came from Italy, to manage the City."

There are blue and white scarfs on show, it's so noisy and the players clap in appreciation. There's a belief about this and a big roar as any player shows emotion. Ranieri gives the last clap. Talk about living out a dream. Enjoy it Leicester fans...

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There are some faces etched with nerves in the away end but their side have the ball in the corner. This is just what they want. Talk about professional, they aren't even hanging on desperately...

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Danny Simpson presses a ball well and gets some reward, go on, hit it son... he does from 35 yards... over.

Danny Simpson celebrates with the Leicester fans
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Here comes this free-kick. Millions of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City fans pray for a goal.... not here. Again, as has happened so many times for Watford, it has too much on it, goal kick.

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Can you imagine?

Ahmed Nurein: Claudio Ranieri is destined to get a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge in the final game of the season. It will be epic.  

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Claudio Ranieri is fuming, he thinks his side should have a throw on the halfway but it's given to Watford and could be key as they take it and win a free-kick. This will be pumped into the box...

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"Time, time," Claudio Ranieri shouts at Daniel Amartey. Watford have a throw deep in their own half. Danny Simpson is down clutching his ankle as we have four minutes of added time signalled.

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Panic in the area, panic in the area as a ball flicked on by Nordin Amrabat threatens to land at the feet of Odion Ighalo... it's cleared.

Claudio Ranieri is screaming tactical advice at his troops, he looks like a man on edge and has a row for leaving his technical area.

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While Jose Holebas has some treatment, I can tell you Riyad Mahrez has only completed 90 minutes on 10 occasions in the league this season - being subbed off the other 17 times.

Riyad Mahrez clutches his hamstring
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Jeffrey Schlupp is trying to tee up a shot from 20 yards, he has a dig but fizzes wide of the near post.

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The goal that was celebrated around the world...

Vancouver Foxes: Scenes in East Van after that goal!

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Ben Watson shaken off it in midfield and Riyad Mahrez now has it, a tired pass though and Watford will launch an attack. Nordin Amrabat fouls though and now we will see Mahrez taken off for Daniel Amartey.

Replays of the Mahrez goal prompts a colleague to say "he's got a wand of a left foot hasn't he?"

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Jay: Ranieri should take Mahrez off. NOW 

Javel Bleach: 10 games left, Leicester could lose it all in the last 3 games... or lose a key player or two to injury!

Ryan Heatly: You could say the same for so many teams, but where would Leicester be without Mahrez and Vardy?

Get it in the mixer

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Nearly a third of the goals Leicester have conceded this season have been headers. In all, 31% of the goals they've leaked have been netted with the bonce, that's the highest percentage in the Premier League.

So is this their weakness? Would a direct approach lead to their undoing?

That last ball into the mixer caused problems. Any more?

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Ikechi Anya is on for Allan Nyom and this is Watford's best spell for around an hour. Can they capitalise on any nerves?

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A ball into the box from the right and Troy Deeney is under it, he loops a header across the six-yard box and Odion Ighalo will get to this... BIG CHANCE... headed straight at Kasper Schmeichel. 

Ighalo had to generate power as there wasn't much pace on the ball but that was an opening.

Riyad Mahrez is still going, the hamstring hasn't claimed him yet.

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Mark: Funny how mahrez is bossing it now he's moved up behind vardy. Wasted out wide!! Mr wenger should think on and do the same with Sanchez. Lethal in the middle.

JB: Mahrez and Vardy are like the new version of when Sturidge and Suarez how they play. As long as Drinkwater doesn't fall over at some point they can really win this league!

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During a run with the ball RIYAD MAHREZ CLASPS HIS HAMSTRING.

He looks in a little pain. Is it gone? He's running or at least trying to run. We wait...

Claudio Ranieri
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Leicester have a three versus two situation, N'Golo Kante on the ball, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy as runners. He opts for Mahrez but the pass is slightly behind him and as the Algerian gets into the area he is tackled. 

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Just contemplate it quietly for a moment...

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This is what we Arsenal fans are now reduced to: praying Leicester lose & Watford do us a favour.