Leicester City and Manchester City played to a goalless draw at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday in the English Premier League. The match proved to be entertaining and competitive as most people had expected, despite the lack of goals. The first half was balanced with both teams showing a bit of respect for one another and nobody really taking the plunge in the attack and a slow paced tempo ensued.
Kasper Schmeichel had to make two significant saves in this half in order to keep Man City from scoring. Leicester came close to taking the lead when a mistake from Fernandinho saw Jamie Vardy get hold of the ball dangerously close to the penalty box, but his shot missed by a small margin. The “respect” that the two teams showed for each other all came to an end in the second half stanza.
Both teams were extremely competitive and a lot of contact was made by the players, leading to plenty of fouls being committed. The goals were not coming for either team and that led to frustration, especially from Citizens player Nicolas Otamendi, who made an extreme meal of a challenge from defender Robert Huth who touched his shoulder which resulted in the Argentine falling to the ground clutching his face while a free kick was being taken during stoppage time. The result is a good one for the Foxes as they continue to show that they are a force to be reckoned with in the English Premier League.
The draw sees each team earn a point putting Claudio Ranieri’s charges in second place on 39 points, the same total as league leaders Arsenal, who only lead on goal difference. Manuel Pellegrini’s players move up one place to third with 36 points.