Aston Villa and Leicester City played to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in an entertaining English Premier League encounter on Saturday. Joint log leaders Leicester faced rock bottom Villa for what was a crucial three points for either side. Despite having great goal scoring opportunities, the two sides failed to outscore each other.
The high flying Foxes created a lot of chances in the early exchanges as they looked to make their mark from the onset. Despite being bullish in their attack, Villa was solid at the back. Shinji Okazaki proved to be troublesome for Remi Garde’s team and punished them in the 28th minute when he pounced in to put his side in front.
City was awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute with Riyad Mahrez stepping up to take the spot kick but was denied by Mark Bunn. The home side worked tirelessly trying to claw its way back, in the 44th minute Leandro Bacuna fired his attempt well over and the hosts failed to find an equaliser before the end of the first half.
The Foxes showed immediate intent as they looked for their second goal. In the 46th minute Marc Albrighton hit his shot from range but it went over. The hosts were persistent as they were lethal with their attacks and were finally rewarded in the 76th minute through Rudy Gestede.
The 27-year-old forward charged down and offloaded to Robert Huth and was at the end of his move to score the equaliser. In the dying minutes of the match, Jamie Vardy came close to adding to his goal tally but his attempt went inches wide. The draw sees City a point above the other tittle contenders but Villa remains rooted to the bottom of the log.