Odion Ighalo came the closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes of Watford's Premier League game at Leicester City as he struck the post, but the tie remains goalless heading into the break.
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The Danish goalkeeper was left sprawling in the 20th minute as he was beaten by Ighalo's 20th-minute half-volley, but his strike came back off the post. Almen Abdi charged onto the rebound, but Schmeichel recovered to tip the midfielder's follow-up attempt over the bar.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was on hand again to deny Jamie Vardy from netting for the ninth straight Premier League game with a low save five minutes before the interval.