Leicester City moved a point clear of Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, but will rue their failure to see off Aston Villa, with whom they drew 1-1, knowing the Gunners will overtake them by avoiding defeat at Stoke City on Sunday.

Sjinji Okazaki bundled the game's opening goal in the 28th minute after Jamie Vardy's audacious attempt was saved by Mark Bunn, who then denied Riyad Mahrez from the penalty spot to keep Villa in it.

The Premier League's bottom side improved after the break and could have had a spot-kick of their own when Libor Kozak was floored by Robert Huth around the hour mark.

Danny Drinkwater then missed a glorious opportunity to give Leicester a more commanding lead, before substitute Rudy Gestede drew the hosts level with 15 minutes remaining.

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Kozak wasted a glorious chance to give the hosts the lead when Huth underhit his backpass to Kasper Schmeichel, who saved the Czech striker's tame effort at his near post, before Wes Morgan cleared Kozak's follow-up centre to safety.

And it wasn't long until Leicester made them pay. Schmeichel's kick was almost the perfect assist for Vardy, whose deft flick drew a good save from the retreating Bunn, only for Okazaki to turn home the rebound despite the goalkeeper's swift reactions.


Leicester should have doubled their lead moments later, when Mahrez's shot was foiled by Aly Cissokho's raised arm at near point-blank range. Referee Roger East pointed to the spot, but the Algerian, who missed a penalty against Bournemouth two weeks ago, did likewise here; Bunn's outstretched leg denying him in the centre of the goal.

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Villa returned for the second half the stronger. Cissokho's well-struck drive required pushing away by Schmeichel, while Huth was again fortunate not to concede after catching Kozak with a flailing elbow in the box.

Leandro Bacuna should have done better after being teed up by Jordan Ayew midway through the half, before Drinkwater failed to convert Vardy's centre after the England striker had rounded Bunn following a through-ball.

And Villa made their opponents pay when Gestede levelled eight minutes after coming on for Carles Gil. Again Huth failed to cover himself in glory; his attempted clearance rebounding off the Benin international, who appeared to handball in the build up but found the top corner via a deflection off Ngolo Kante.

A point does little for either team, after Newcastle's earlier win extended the gap between Villa and safety to nine points.

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