Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi struck a second half goal to rescue English side Leicester City from defeat against Chelsea in the top-flight on Sunday.
The 22-year-old grabbed the vital equaliser with 23 minutes remaining to ensure the match ended 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Ndidi’s first goal of the season was enough to cancel out the seventh minute strike by Mason Mount.
Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho was expectedly benched by the Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers in the game.
The hosts made a vibrant start to the match and deserved the lead when Mason Mount gave it to them after only seven minutes, but it proved to be a game of two halves at Stamford Bridge.
Leicester looked like an entirely different team after the interval and equalised through Wilfred Ndidi before missing a string of chances to condemn Chelsea to a third consecutive defeat at the start of the campaign.
The result leaves the home side with just one point from their opening two league outings under Lampard, while it is back-to-back draws for Leicester at the start of the new campaign.
The early breakthrough did come after seven minutes as the lively Mount marked his home Chelsea debut with a goal, stealing possession off a languid Ndidi before slotting his finish into the bottom corner despite being off balance.
Giroud – chosen ahead of Tammy Abraham to lead the line – was proving to be a particular pain for the Leicester defence with his link-up play and his delightful flick almost created a second five minutes later, only for N’Golo Kante to be denied by a fine last-ditch challenge from Christian Fuchs.
Leicester offered precious little during a half in which they were comfortably second best, although they were almost gifted an equaliser when Kepa Arrizabalaga was close to being closed down by Jamie Vardy.
The visitors were at least able to stunt Chelsea’s dominance as the first half wore on, and that continued in the early stages of the second half too as they looked to undo the damage from their sluggish start.
There were still sights of goal for the hosts, with Giroud drawing a routine save from Schmeichel, but Leicester were offering more in reply and forced Kepa into action through Hamza Choudhury’s long-range effort shortly before the hour mark.
Youri Tielemans then fired off target before Leicester’s improvement was rewarded with the equalising goal, and it came via a moment of redemption for Ndidi.
The increasingly-influential James Maddison delivered a pinpoint corner which was met by a thumping header from the Nigerian midfielder, who sent it flashing past Kepa to atone for his earlier error.
Chelsea could only respond with wasteful and wayward long-range shots from Kurt Zouma and Abraham as they picked up a solitary point which lifts them up to 15th, but leaves them already five points adrift of early pace-setters Liverpool.