Stalemate Draws Foxes Level on Points With Gunners

Barclays Premier League

December 29th

King Power Stadium, Leicester, England

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Leicester City drew level on points with Arsenal thanks to a draw at home against a strong Manchester City side. The visitors had more of the chances, with Kasper Schmeichel denying his father’s former side on several occasions. Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton came close for the Foxes.

The home side started well but couldn’t fashion a chance in the early exchanges. Despite the early pressure from the hosts, the away side weren’t shy themselves, enjoying some nice spells of their own, although it also amounted to nothing.

The first real chance came from a nicely-worked set-piece from Leicester’s Christian Fuchs, who found Robert Huth, who headed over after 15 minutes.

Two minutes later a good break from the visitors saw Raheem Sterling find Kevin De Bruyne, who forced a good save from Kasper Schmeichel.

In the 24th minute, an Aleksandar Kolarov error enabled Riyad Mahrez to cut-inside before firing just wide of Joe Hart’s upright.

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Riyad Mahrez fires off-target for the Foxes. Image from: Getty

A few minutes later, the visitors came close when Bacary Sagna found Sterling, but the former Liverpool winger’s volley on-the-stretch was tipped behind by Schmeichel. The resulting corner eventually made its way to Sterling, who managed to force Schmeichel into another good save, and the Danish keeper, did well to hold on.

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Raheem Sterling stretches to volley at goal. Image from: Reuters

In the 31st minute, Sterling received the ball to fire at the Leicester goal, but again, Schmeichel was there to palm it over the bar. The set-piece made its way to Sergio Agüero, who dragged his shot wide.

In the 39th minute, a fantastic cross from Fuchs found Marc Albrighton at the back-post, but the former Aston Villa midfielder couldn’t get the right contact and miscued wide, with the goal at his mercy.

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Marc Albrighton cannot believe he’s missed it. Image from: Reuters.

Immediately later, Jamie Vardy should have given the Foxes the lead. An error from Fernandinho was seized upon by Daniel Drinkwater, who fed the England striker, but he skied his effort from close-range, under- pressure from Nicolás Otamendi. A chance not taken.

That was the last real action of the half as the referee blew his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

The visitors started the second period well and should have taken the lead when De Bruyne’s ball at the near-post was put over by Agüero.

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Sergio Agüero shoots over from close-range. Image from: Reuters

In the 53rd minute, the home side came close when N’Golo Kanté surged forward before firing just wide of the post.

Six minutes later, a fine ball from Mahrez picked out Albrighton, but the midfielder could only drag his shot wide from a tight-angle.

In the 62nd minute, Wilfried Bony replaced Agüero for the visitors. A minute later, a De Bruyne corner was met by Otamendi, but Schmeichel was there to tip it behind.

In the 66th minute, Leonardo Ulloa replaced Gökhan Inler for the home side.

Two minutes later, a good pull-back from Kolarov found substitute Bony, but the former Swansea striker could only fire over.

In the 70th minute, Vardy shot from a tight-angle, but Hart made a comfortable save at his near post.

Three minutes later, the visitors made their second change of the game with David Silva being replaced by his compatriot Jesús Navas.

In the 76th minute, the Foxes came close when a Fuchs freekick was pushed away by Hart.

In the 79th minute, the home side made their second change of the game with Drinkwater giving way for Andy King for the home side.

In the 87th minute, the away side made their third and final change of the game, with youngster Kelechi Iheanacho coming on for Sterling.

In the 91st minute, the home side made their third and final change, taking off Albrighton for Ritchie De Laet.

That was the last action of the game as the referee blew his whistle to bring the game to an end.

The result for the Foxes meant that they remained in second, with 39 points, behind on goal difference to Arsenal. The result for Manchester City meant that they leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into third on 36 points, a point ahead of the North London Side (on 35 points).


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