Wolves and Leicester performed out an thrilling goalless draw at Molineux on Friday night time however the hosts will really feel they may and possibly ought to have gotten the three factors.
Willy Boly although he’d given Wolves the lead simply earlier than the break however his aim was dominated out following a really marginal name on Pedro Neto by VAR.
Hamza Choudhury was despatched off late within the second half for the Foxes after accumulating two bookings and so they clung on after Raul Jimenez’s late header flashed broad.
Brendan Rodgers’ aspect remained third within the Premier League, lacking the prospect to return to second, as Jamie Vardy – now with one aim in his final 11 video games – drew one other clean.
Manchester Metropolis’s two-year ban from UEFA competitions, for critical breaches of UEFA membership licensing and monetary honest play rules, not less than solidified the Foxes’ Champions League hopes.
Whereas the governing physique is but to substantiate what different Champions League spot can be out there, and Metropolis are interesting, Wolves stay within the hunt – with fifth now probably adequate to affix soccer’s elite.
The draw lifted them to seventh within the chasing pack, three factors behind fifth-placed Sheffield United.
The groups got here in recent following their winter break however the remainder did little for the tempo of the sport, as an alternative serving to to throw it out of sync.
Youri Tielemans’ drive was turned away by Rui Patricio and fewer than 90 seconds later Kasper Schmeichel’s outstretched leg saved out Diogo Jota.
However they had been uncommon openings and whereas it was aggressive there was little tempo with neither aspect in a position to wrestle any management.
Caglar Soyuncu planted a header from James Maddison’s free-kick straight at Patricio after 23 minutes however the recreation meandered earlier than a dramatic finish to the half.
5 minutes earlier than the break Schmeichel nearly gifted Wolves the lead when his sloppy cross to Choudhury allowed Neto to nip in but he might solely slice nicely broad.
Two minutes later Jimenez wasted a good higher probability when he miscued a free header from Jonny’s cross to nod wastefully broad.
Wolves had been then enraged a minute earlier than the break when Boly glanced in Matt Doherty’s knockdown – just for VAR to disallow the aim.
Neto had performed a brief nook to Jota and when he collected the return cross, regardless of the ball being performed backwards, the ahead got here from an offside place – nonetheless marginal.
Ruben Neves was booked for dissent and Conor Coady remonstrated with referee Mike Dean on the break as Molineux seethed.
It was the second time Nuno Espirito Santo’s males had seen a aim dominated out by VAR towards Leicester this time period after Leander Dendoncker’s strike was chalked off for handball of their 0-Zero draw on the opening day.
Half-time halted Wolves’ momentum and Leicester settled nicely after the break however Vardy remained nameless.
The Premier League’s 17-goal top-scorer was starved of respectable service although and Wolves started to grab the initiative when Adama Traore was launched with 26 minutes left.
The hosts’ hopes had been additional raised when Choudhury was dismissed after 76 minutes. The midfielder was already on a reserving and walked when he took down Dendoncker having slipped and misplaced the ball.
Wolves pressed and Jimenez powered a header over earlier than Joao Moutinho fired broad.
Striker Jimenez ought to have received it, although, within the remaining minute of regular time however directed a free header inches broad and Schmeichel beat away Traore’s fierce drive in harm time.