Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved a first-half penalty on Tuesday to help his team win a 0-0 draw in the Premier League against Brighton and inch closer to qualifying for the Champions League.

Neal Maupay, who was the match-winner of Brighton with a stop-time goal against Arsenal on Saturday, saw his low penalty stopped at the King Power stadium by Schmeichel in the 14th minute.

Aaron Connolly earned the spot-kick after being tripped by James Justin in one of the few noteworthy playing passages in a match without any fans lacking in intensity and excitement.

It had been the third goalless draw in 13 matches since last week’s league restart.

Third-place Leicester has moved nine points away from fifth-place Manchester United, which currently occupies the final qualifying spot in the Champions League after the two-year European ban on second-place Manchester City. That prohibition is being appealed.

United has in hand a game.

Brighton took six points off the relegation zone but played a game more than his rivals at the bottom of the table. One of the most bizarre incidents in the game saw Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan attempting to bowl the ball out of his area to one of his teammates, only to throw it somehow behind him.

Jamie Vardy, a Leicester striker pounced on the ball but Ryan recovered to snuff the danger out.

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