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Leicester & Southampton ends goalless

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Champions Leicester City’s struggles in the Premier League continued as they were held to a draw by Southampton.

The home side almost went behind when Charlie Austin went close with two headers and hit the post with a shot.

Austin was also through on goal in the second half but an ambitious chip was saved by keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Jamie Vardy had Leicester’s best chance after a poor backpass but he was tackled by Oriol Romeu, who also blocked two follow-up shots.

The Foxes have now won only two of their opening seven leagues games, collecting eight points.

Relive all the action and reaction to Sunday’s games

Two sides of Leicester

Leicester are now unbeaten in 19 Premier League home games since a defeat by Arsenal in September 2015 but that record would have been ended if Southampton’s finishing had been more clinical.

The Foxes had gone into the game following another impressive win in the Champions League – 1-0 over Porto on Tuesday – but they failed to replicate that form, with the visitors having the better chances as the home side managed just one shot on target.

Vardy had the type of opening he relishes when he ran on to Virgil van Dijk’s poor backpass but he tried to round keeper Fraser Forster and gave Romeu enough time to get back and tackle him.

The two shots in the aftermath from Islam Slimani and Vardy, who has failed to score in six games, were also blocked by the Southampton midfielder.

A near-post header from a Christian Fuchs cross almost crept in at Forster’s near post and Shinji Okazaki nodded just wide but the Foxes rarely carried the threat that won them the top-flight title last season.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26MahrezBooked at 54mins
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 13Amartey
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forGrayat 66′minutes
  • 19SlimaniSubstituted forUlloaat 78′minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forOkazakiat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hernández
  • 10King
  • 15Schlupp
  • 20Okazaki
  • 21Zieler
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 2SoaresSubstituted forMartinaat 27′minutes
  • 6Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14Romeu
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 8Davis
  • 11TadicSubstituted forLongat 71′minutes
  • 22Redmond
  • 10AustinSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Clasie
  • 7Long
  • 13McCarthy
  • 15Martina
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 32Olomola
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
31,563

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Southampton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Southampton 0.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Offside, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Cuco Martina (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Charlie Austin.

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Robert Huth.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Islam Slimani.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross.

Islam Slimani (Leicester City) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Christian Fuchs.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City).

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Fuchs.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Steven Davis.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Marc Albrighton.

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).

Islam Slimani (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

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Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Leicester & Southampton ends goalless

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