30 Dec 2015

Foxes draw with City, back equal top

11:25 am on 30 December 2015

Leicester City have drawn 0-0 with visiting Manchester City, to go back to equal top spot on points in English football's Premier League with Arsenal.

See how the match unfolded here

Manchester City's defender Bacary Sagna (L) vies with Leicester City's striker Leonardo Ulloa. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Manchester City's defender Bacary Sagna (L) vies with Leicester City's striker Leonardo Ulloa Photo: AFP

Leicester, who suffered their first defeat in 11 league games at Liverpool on Sunday, are second on goal difference behind the Gunners, with both on 39 points.

Manchester City climb to third, three points behind on 36 points, leapfrogging Tottenham Hotspur who drop to fourth place on 35.

It's the first time Leicester have played out a scoreless draw this season, and is a rare clean sheet for the Foxes.

The hosts started with an unusually defensive setup with holding midfielder Gökhan Inler getting a rare start.

But manager Claudio Ranieri reverted to type later in the second half to substitute Inler for striker Leonardo Ulloa, and though the game remained scoreless, Leicester began their typical free-flowing counter-attacking football at last.

However, the clash between the division's two top-scoring sides provided plenty of entertaining moments but the two teams' international keepers Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart were equal to everything thrown at them.

England striker Jamie Vardy wasted Leicester's best chance late in the first half while Manchester City, who have not won away in the league since mid-September, went close through Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi.

"It was a pretty fair result," Leicester keeper Schmeichel told Premier League Pass afterwards. "They had a few chances and we had some chances."

"It's slightly disappointing but we'll take a point. We are a very good team, we proved that at the back end of last season, and this season too, and we are right up there in the mix."

"We are halfway through this season, it is still only December and there is a long way to go yet," added Schmeichel.

- RNZ, Reuters