Stubborn Foxes frustrate Citizens

Leicester City moved level on points with league leaders Arsenal after holding Manchester City to a goalless draw in an entertaining clash at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

  • Leicester City 0 Man City 0
  • Entertaining first half ends goalless
  • Aguero subbed off on 64 mins
  • Leicester level on points with Arsenal
  • City leapfrog Spurs into third place

Match summary

Manchester City were made to endure a frustrating evening as a committed Leicester outfit produced a strong performance to keep the visitors at bay.

Raheem Sterling was denied by Kasper Schmeichel on three separate occasions, while Sergio Aguero failed to hit the target from just six yards out.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy, meanwhile, arguably had the best chance of the game but fired over the bar from 18 yards out.

Full report

The first half started at a cautious tempo, with both sides hesitant to commit to many men in attack in the opening ten minutes.

The first chance of note arrived on 12 minutes but it came to nothing as City striker Sergio Aguero fired across the face of goal from a tight angle after being teed up by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Leicester hit back with a chance of their own four minutes later, Robert Huth heading over from the right-hand side of the box after rising well to meet an inviting Christian Fuchs cross.

The floodgates seemed to open up in the minutes that followed, with both teams creating some good chances in quick succession.

Kevin De Bruyne saw his 18th minute effort kept out by Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal before firing wide of the right-hand post from the left of the box.

At the opposite end of the pitch, meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez fired just inches over the bar after cutting inside and unleashing a powerful effort from 20 yards out.

City should have broken the deadlock just two minutes later but Raheem Sterling squandered two good chances in quick succession, firing straight at Schmeichel.

The Citizens continued to create opportunities as Leicester struggled to contain the threat of Sterling, Aguero and De Bruyne.

Full-backs Bacary Sagna and Kolarov also got in on the act, but could force Schmeichel into action as they failed to find the mark.

Having weathered the storm, Leicester eventually clawed their way back into the contest in the latter stages of the half.

Marc Albrighton fired narrowly wide from Fuchs' cross towards the back post, while Jamie Vardy fired over after latching on to a through pass from Danny Drinkwater. 

Fuchs forced City keeper Joe Hart into a smart save in the 44th minute before Nicolás Otamendi headed high and wide from De Bruyne's cross in the first minute of injury time.

The second half offered up more in the way of goalmouth action, and Aguero kicked off proceedings by firing just over the bar from close range inside the first minute.

Having failed to impose themselves on proceedings in the first half, Leicester looked much more dangerous after the half-time interval.

Drinkwater and N'Golo Kanté fired wide of the mark, while Vardy's header from Mahrez's cross was snapped up by Hart in the Citizens' goal.

Marc Albrighton dragged his shot wide of the mark on the hour mark before Yaya Toure shot wide of the right-hand post from outside the area.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini opted to make a change on 64 minutes, taking off Aguero and bringing on Wilfried Bony in his place.

The change gave City some extra impetus, but they were unable to make their chances count as a committed Leicester defence put their bodies on the line time after time.

Bony got his first chance of note in the 69th minute but showed a lack of composure as he fired over the centre of the box.

Vardy, who looked much more lively in the second stanza, again went close to adding his name to the scoresheet two minutes later, but saw his driven effort saved by Hart in the bottom-left corner.

As the match entered the final 15 minutes, Fuchs forced Hart into action with a left-footed shot from outside the box before Bony's shot from the centre of the box was blocked by a last-ditch tackle.

However, that was to be the last chance of note as an entertaining Premier League clash ended in a goalless stalemate.