Match ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester City 0.
Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City
Leicester City missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they played out a goalless draw with Manchester City at the King Power Stadium.
Claudio Ranieri's side can take great heart, however, from a highly impressive response to only their second league defeat of the season at Liverpool on Boxing Day - but Arsenal stay top on goal difference.
Leicester and Manchester City both had chances in an entertaining encounter, with goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart excelling with a succession of saves.
Man of the moment Jamie Vardy missed Leicester's best chance when he shot over the top after racing clear in the first half while the normally lethal Sergio Aguero was off target from inside the six-yard box as both sides pushed for the win.
Aguero still searching for spark
Aguero's frustrating season continues as he was replaced by Wilfried Bony after just 62 minutes with Manchester City pressing strongly for a breakthrough.
The 27-year-old Argentine is a striker of undisputed world class but his edge has been blunted by a succession of niggling injuries that have interrupted his season.
Aguero has scored seven Premier League goals this term - and five of those came in the space of 20 minutes in the 6-1 win against Newcastle United at the Etihad in early October.
He had a couple of opportunities here, none better than when he stole in on a corner seconds after the break but his touch was too heavy at the near post and he was well off target.
Aguero is a player of such quality that it is only a matter of time before the brilliance returns but he seems to be struggling for full fitness - and as City search for the victories that will give them consistency, it is a vital missing ingredient.
Leicester not going away
It is the question that has been asked all season - how will Leicester City react to a defeat?
After the 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Boxing Day, the visit of Manuel Pellegrini's expensively assembled squad was both a test and an opportunity.
They answered the question emphatically with a performance bursting with spirit and energy, roared on by the trademark vibrant atmosphere at a packed King Power Stadium.
This was a night when Ranieri's undercard once again came to the fore and outshone the pair he calls "the pinnacle of the iceberg" - Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
N'Golo Kante, a £5.6m summer signing from French club Caen, has been winning plaudits and he looked a bargain again here.
Kante almost broke the deadlock with a flashing 25-yard shot just wide then showed remarkable pace to catch Raheem Sterling in a footrace to stop a City attack.
Wes Morgan was once again a powerhouse in defence alongside Robert Huth, while Christian Fuchs ran a marathon down the left, almost creating a first-half goal for Marc Albrighton with a superb cross.
Vardy and Mahrez deserve every headline written about them this season - but there is much more going on under the pinnacle of the Leicester iceberg.
Manchester City's travel sickness continues
While Manchester City may be formidable at home, there is a missing link away from home that is undermining their chances of taking the Premier League title back from Chelsea.
This goalless draw leaves their league away record this season as won three, drawn three and lost three with eight goals scored and eight conceded - not title-winning form.
City's last away league victory was at Crystal Palace on 12 September after starting with impressive victories at West Bromwich Albion and Everton.
There is still time to put it right - but the lack of punch away from home must be a concern for Pellegrini because it is often on travels where titles are won.
Man of the match - N'Golo Kante
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri: "I think we made a very good match. It was difficult. We played well, we created some chances. I wanted to see how my players responded after the Liverpool defeat and they responded well.
"Every match is difficult for us. This league is very crazy...nobody wants to win the league. It's very strange. We're the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It's not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody. It's a miracle what we're doing."
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I think we did more than Leicester to win the game. We had more possession, more attempts, more options but it was a tough game against a tough team playing away. This is a crucial period. I think at the end of January we will know exactly what position we are in. "
The stats you need to know
- Manchester City have extended their winless run on the road in the Premier League to six games, something they last achieved in April 2011.
- Pellegrini's side have scored just one goal in their last five Premier League away games.
- Leicester City failed to score at home in the Premier League for the first time in 15 games.
- Manchester City kept their first clean sheet of the season without Vincent Kompany in the line-up.
Leicester host Bournemouth - who have one defeat in seven - on Saturday, while Manchester City play the first of seven games they contest in January by travelling to Watford for a 17:30 GMT kick-off.
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- 33InlerSubstituted forUlloaat 67'minutes
- 11AlbrightonBooked at 81minsSubstituted forde Laetat 90+3'minutes
- 2de Laet
- 20MangalaBooked at 76mins
- 11KolarovBooked at 66mins
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- 10AgüeroSubstituted forBonyat 64'minutes
- Craig Pawson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester City 0.
Substitution, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet replaces Marc Albrighton.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Bacary Sagna (Manchester City).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Manchester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Raheem Sterling.
Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.
Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).
Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Daniel Drinkwater.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.
Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.
Offside, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces David Silva.
Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Offside, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.
Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Gökhan Inler.
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.
Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gökhan Inler (Leicester City).
Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.
Attempt saved. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.
Substitution, Manchester City. Wilfried Bony replaces Sergio Agüero.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Gökhan Inler.
Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.