Chris Burke's controversial 90th-minute penalty earned Birmingham a draw to further damage Leicester's flagging Championship play-off hopes.

After trailing at the break thanks to a Curtis Davies own goal, Birmingham levelled through Nikola Zigic.

Leicester's Jeff Schlupp got on the end of Matty James's corner to power home a header 15 minutes from time.

Home comforts?

Foxes youngster Jeff Schlupp has only scored three of his eight Foxes career goals at the King Power Stadium and, having also netted in this same fixture last season, two of them have now been against Birmingham City.

But Burke equalised from the spot after David Nugent fouled Wes Thomas, despite replays showing it was outside the box.

The Foxes' Thai owner Vichai Raksriaksorn was making a rare personal appearance at the King Power Stadium - and he must have thought his luck was in at the start of the night when the Foxes went in front through Davies's own goal.

Blues keeper Jack Butland touched Nugent's 20-yarder round the post and, from the resulting James corner, the ball flew in off the head of Davies - clearly distracted by the grappling presence of Wes Morgan.

Leicester had the chances to have been further in front by the interval as Michael Keane's header flew just over, Andy King fired straight at Butland and Nugent skewed a right-foot shot wide.

But Lee Clark's Blues - or Pinks, as they were for the night - created chances too.

Nathan Redmond was twice thwarted in quick succession by Kasper Schmeichel's outstretched left arm, first with a low left-foot shot and then with his right. And Shane Ferguson's far-post volley was only kept out on the line by Paul Konchesky's thigh.

In the goals

Nikola Zigic has now hit nine goals for Blues this season, while Chris Burke's strike was his seventh of the campaign.

The visitors got their reward when Zigic ended a neat move by slotting in Mitch Hancox's low cross from six yards.

Schlupp, denied by two stunning tackles from Davies and Paul Robinson, then blasted against the bar before grabbing what looked likely to be the winner when he met James's corner to bullet home a header from six yards.

But, just as the game was set to move into injury time, visiting substitute Thomas went down under Nugent's challenge and fellow Blues sub Burke slotted home the spot-kick.

While Leicester remain adrift of the play-offs in seventh, Birmingham are eight points shy of sixth spot - and, with only four games left, their outside hopes of sneaking in there are probably over.

At the opposite end of the table, Birmingham's run of just one defeat in seven games has lifted them seven points clear of danger.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson told BBC Sport: "We created enough chances to have won but, for the second home game running, we've suffered the disappointment of letting in a costly late goal.

"And the fashion in which we conceded the penalty is difficult to put into words.

"Whether the foul was inside or outside, the ref gave it very quickly without consulting his assistant. He must have been sure.

"It's still do-able for us, but really we've now got to win our last four games."

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark told BBC Sport: "I was really pleased with the performance and would have been devastated if we'd lost.

"But, although I'm pleased to have got something, we can't afford to think we're safe.

"I'm expecting some more crazy results this weekend."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 De Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 15 M Keane
  • 04 Drinkwater (Dyer - 69' )
  • 10 King
  • 16 James
  • 18 Schlupp
  • 35 Nugent
  • 39 Wood (Kane - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan
  • 22 Moore
  • 07 Marshall
  • 11 Dyer
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 09 Vardy
  • 37 Kane

Birmingham

  • 01 Butland
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 27 Hancox
  • 28 Caddis
  • 30 Robinson
  • 32 Ferguson (Burke - 83' )
  • 12 Morrison
  • 14 Gomis
  • 15 Elliott (Thomas - 78' )
  • 22 Redmond
  • 19 Zigic

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 07 Burke
  • 08 Mullins
  • 33 Reilly
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 20 Thomas
Ref: Russell
Att: 25,554

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

8 6

Corners

8 7

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:39

Jeff Schlupp takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jack Butland.

90:00 +0:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by David Nugent. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:26

Assist by Wes Thomas.

90:00 +0:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Christopher Burke - Leicester 2 - 2 Birmingham Christopher Burke scores a placed penalty. Leicester 2-2 Birmingham.

89:06

Penalty awarded for a foul by David Nugent on Wes Thomas.

88:36

Matty James concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Redmond. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

86:38 Substitution

Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Harry Kane coming on for Chris Wood.

85:59

The ball is swung over by Christopher Burke, blocked by Michael Keane. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Christopher Burke from the right by-line, Nikola Zigic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

85:37

The ball is swung over by Lloyd Dyer.

84:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mitch Hancox by Jeff Schlupp. Mitch Hancox restarts play with the free kick.

84:09

Paul Konchesky crosses the ball in from the free kick.

84:09 Booking

Booking The referee shows Curtis Davies a yellow card.

83:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Curtis Davies.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Christopher Burke on for Shane Ferguson.

81:21

Corner taken by Matty James from the right by-line, save by Jack Butland.

79:09

Chris Wood produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

77:44

Wes Morgan fouled by Wes Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Wade Elliott goes off and Wes Thomas comes on.

75:48

Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

74:28

Assist by Matty James.

74:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Jeff Schlupp - Leicester 2 - 1 Birmingham Jeff Schlupp finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Leicester 2-1 Birmingham.

74:15

Outswinging corner taken by Matty James from the right by-line,

73:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Schlupp by Paul Robinson. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

72:15

Lloyd Dyer has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

71:07

Ravel Morrison produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

68:29 Substitution

Substitution Danny Drinkwater leaves the field to be replaced by Lloyd Dyer.

65:41

Matty James delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Michael Keane misses to the left of the goal.

64:59

Handball by Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

63:55

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matty James, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

62:20

Jeff Schlupp produces a left-footed shot from inside the penalty area and hits the post.

60:25

Mitch Hancox provided the assist for the goal.

60:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Leicester 1 - 1 Birmingham Nikola Zigic gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Birmingham.

58:17

Wes Morgan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Wade Elliott.

54:50

Wade Elliott produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

52:53

Outswinging corner taken by Matty James, Jeff Schlupp takes a shot.

51:58

The ball is crossed by Paul Caddis, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

51:41

Nathan Redmond delivers the ball.

49:08

Jeff Schlupp has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

48:08

The ball is delivered by Mitch Hancox, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeff Schlupp on Curtis Davies. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.

44:14

Chris Wood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

42:45

Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeff Schlupp. Chris Wood has an effort direct from the free kick.

39:35

Outswinging corner taken by Matty James from the right by-line, Wes Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Davies.

35:51

Effort from the edge of the area by David Nugent goes wide of the left-hand post.

35:26

Chris Wood takes a shot. Mitch Hancox gets a block in.

34:58

Danny Drinkwater produces a cross.

33:15

Wade Elliott challenges Chris Wood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matty James takes the free kick.

32:14

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

31:14

Chris Wood challenges Mitch Hancox unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Shane Ferguson, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Keane.

27:41

Corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line, Paul Robinson takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Corner taken left-footed by Wade Elliott, Header on goal by Nikola Zigic from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

27:29

Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

25:41

Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Shane Ferguson takes the outswinging corner, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

25:17

Andy King takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

22:03

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matty James from the right by-line, Paul Konchesky has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

21:03

Jeff Schlupp takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

20:34

Jeff Schlupp takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

14:44

Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Michael Keane takes the free kick.

11:50

Assist by Matty James.

11:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Curtis Davies - Leicester 1 - 0 Birmingham Headed own goal by Curtis Davies. Leicester 1-0 Birmingham.

11:47

Outswinging corner taken by Matty James from the right by-line.

11:25

David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

10:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Wade Elliott, clearance made by Danny Drinkwater.

7:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeff Schlupp on Curtis Davies. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

3:35

Inswinging corner taken by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line, Michael Keane manages to make a clearance.

2:59

The referee blows for offside. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

0:47

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matty James, clearance by Nikola Zigic.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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