Wolverhampton Wanderers 0:0 Leicester City
City and Wolves played out their second 0-0 draw this season with the home side again falling victim to a VAR call…
Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged line-up for this Friday night trip to Molineux, with Wilfred Ndidi still struggling with his knee problem.
City dominated possession for the opening ten minutes, with Wolves restricted to one break upfield which saw Schmeichel claim the ball ahead of Dendoncker.
The first chance came in the 9th minute when Tielemans tried his luck with a 25 yarder that took a deflection, but Patricio gloved it away.
Two minutes later Wolves created their first chance. Neto sped in from the right but Söyüncü got a foot in. Neto reclaimed the loose ball and set up Jota for a fierce low shot that Schmeichel did well to block with his left foot.
City broke upfield from the resulting corner but Tielemans opted to take the ball forward rather than pass and was crowded out.
Wolves then went close from a corner when Dendoncke sent a header narrowly wide.
At the other end Söyüncü got his head to a Maddison free-kick, but directed it straight into Patricio’s arms.
Wolves had a free-kick 30 yards out after a foul on Jimenez, but Neves sent it straight into the wall. Then Doherty delivered a cross which Jonny headed off target.
While City still had more possession, Wolves were creating the better chances.
Play was held up in the 36th minute when Maddison accidentally caught Doherty on the head with his studs. It took three minutes to mop up the blood but Doherty was fit to continue.
Schmeichel’s blushes were spared in the 41st minute when his wayward ball up-field went straight to Neto, but his hurried shot was pulled well wide.
Wolves went close again when Jiménez made a hash of a header with the goal at his mercy.
A minute before the break it looked as though Wolves had gone ahead. From a short corner on the right, a deep Neto cross was headed back across goal by Doherty, and Boly out-jumped Tielemans sending a downward header into the net from close in.
The celebrations were eventually halted by the VAR screen and it was judged that there was a marginal offside as Wolves worked the short corner.
Loud boos rang around Molineux and Mike Dean had to deal with some heated enquiries as the teams headed for the tunnel all-square.
City began the second half well, and with Doherty’s head cut leaking more blood he had to have further treatment while Pérez almost wriggled through but had his shot blocked.
A minute later Ricardo surged into the area down the right and beat two defenders before sending a shot narrowly wide of the near post.
In the 51st minute Choudhury was booked for a ball-winning challenge on Jiménez on the edge of the area, Saïss sending the free-kick straight into the wall of blue shirts.
City were on top at this point, though another long range Tielemans effort didn’t trouble Patricio, and penalty appeals were turned away when Maddison was bundled over by Saïss in the area.
Wolves brought Traoré on the 64th minute and this turned the tide of the game with him constantly probing down the right.
Brendan Rodgers replaced Pérez with Albrighton and then brought Praet on for Tielemans but was soon forced into another reshuffle. In the 76th minute Choudhury slipped over in a midfield challenge with Dendoncker and then tripped the Wolves man as he set off upfield. It was enough to earn a second yellow and City had to play the remaining 15 minutes with ten men.
Wolves pressed forward in search of a winner, but Jiménez sent one header over and then flashed another one narrowly wide from a corner.
With Morgan on for Barnes in time-added-on City were hanging on. Traore cut inside Chiwell and fired in a shot that was blocked at the near post by Schmeichel.
With seconds remaining Söyüncü threw himself in front of a Jiménez shot and a point was earned.
Brendan Rodgers summed up: “We probably could’ve been quicker around the attack – the build-up play was good – but away from home you expect to come under pressure and it ends up being a very good point and keeping the gap to 14 points between us.”
Wolves: Rui Patrício, Boly, Coady, Saïss, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves (João Moutinho 81), Castro Otto, Neto (Traoré 64), Jota (Castelo Podence 78), Jiménez.
Substitutes: Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Kilman, Buur.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Choudhury, Pérez (Albrighton 68), Tielemans (Praet 75), Maddison, Barnes (Morgan 90), Vardy.
Substitutes: Justin, Gray, Ward, Iheanacho.
Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 31,682.
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