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Ranieri rues Mahrez missed penalty as Leicester fail to win at Aston Villa

By on December 30, 2019

first_imgClaudio Ranieri was disappointed after Leicester drew with Aston Villa and blew their chance to go further clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.The Foxes lead the table by a point following Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Birmingham, where Shinji Okazaki’s fifth goal of the season put the visitors ahead.Mark Bunn kept Villa within touching distance by saving Riyad Mahrez’s first-half penalty, allowing Rudy Gestede to cash in with 15 minutes left.The substitute’s deflected effort beat Kasper Schmeichel and left Ranieri frustrated after missing the chance to move three points clear.“Yes, we lost two points,” he said. “We started very well and scored a goal but after the missed penalty the Aston Villa players took a new energy. If we score a second goal, we close the match.“We are very sad but also I say to the players ‘if we make the performance the result is not important’. The performance was good because we played well in the first half. “It’s one point, it’s okay, it’s a derby – but we are disappointed.”Things could have been so different had Mahrez not missed a second successive penalty, but Ranieri refused to say whether the winger would lose spot-kick duties.“Now is not important if I change the penalty man,” the Italian said. “I’ll speak with him and then I’ll choose.“From the bench it was difficult to see if it was handball but if it’s a penalty it’s a red card.” 1 Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty last_img read more

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