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Leicester top despite draw with Villa

Substitute Rudy Gestede snatched a point for bottom club Aston Villa against Leicester City, who edged back to the top of the Premier League table with a 1-1 draw.

Shinji Okazaki broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when the goal decision system confirmed his close-range effort was over the line despite the best efforts of Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn.

The first half almost saw Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy come close to ending his five-match goalless run when he sent a header from Marc Albrighton free-kick bouncing wide. The half also saw Leicester lose a penalty as Riyad Mahrez had his shot saved by Bunn.

Amid suspicions of handball, Gestede got the better of Robert Huth and scored for Villa 15 minutes from time after a much improved and committed half from Villa.

Leicester edge a point above Manchester City and Arsenal  at the summit but will cede that position if Arsene Wenger’s men avoid defeat at Stoke City tomorrow, while Villa are six points adrift at the foot of the table and nine from safety.

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