Leicester Held By Bournemouth

Leicester City was held 0-0 by Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium in the English Premier League on Saturday.  Leicester drop to number two on the log, while moving to 40 points from 20 games.  The Foxes missed their chance of being level with league leaders Arsenal after Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty in the second half.
 
Ten minutes into the game the hosts were already attacking as Marc Albrighton assisted Mahrez who shot towards the goal with his left foot, but the ball was too high.  The Cherries gave Claudio Ranieri’s men a tough time from the get go.  One of their best chances came in the 13th minute when Joshua King came close to scoring the first goal of the match when he headed the ball but it went off target to the right.
 
The first half was full of many chances by both teams.  City came close again when Jamie Vardy made a powerful right footed shot from the centre of the box but the ball hit the left post.  Vardy continued to create chances for the home side and Mahrez set up Vardy with a through ball but the Englishman shot wide to the right from a difficult angle.  Ranieri’s lot attacked more aggressively in the second half causing Simon Francis to receive a red card after he committed a foul in the penalty area.
 
Mahrez stepped up to take the spot kick but his shot with his left foot was saved in the bottom right corner by Artur Boruc.  In the 63rd minute the visitors made an attempt as Adam Smith shot the ball from outside the box, but his attempt was blocked.  Six minutes later Eddie Howe’s charges had another close attempt.  Charlie Daniels struck a left foot shot from outside the box which was very close but ultimately off target.
 
In the 83rd minute Vardy came close once again to make it 1-0 but missed as his header was attempted from a difficult angle.  Leicester continued to make create their chances but Howe’s men made sure to hold them off.  Next up for both teams is the FA Cup third round where Bournemouth will play Championship side Birmingham City and Leicester will be away to Tottenham Hotspur next week Saturday.