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Leicester edged out by spectacular Kompany strike

Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City

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City put in a great performance at the Etihad on Monday night, but couldn’t put a twist into the title race, falling to a superb strike from Vincent Kompany in the 70th minute…

All eyes were on the Etihad Stadium on Monday night with Leicester viewed as Liverpool’s last realistic hope to put a spoke in the Manchester City wheel before next week’s finale.
Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side and they started well.
Both sides enjoyed a spell of possession in a cagey opening, and it was City who had the first chance in the 8th minute. Ricardo cut in from the right, opted to stay on his feet after a challenge that should have led to a penalty, and fired in a shot that Kompany blocked by throwing himself to the deck.
Three minutes later Man City had their first chance when Walker lifted a ball into the area, finding an unmarked Foden played onside by Chilwell, but his chest down and shot went straight at Schmeichel.
At the other end Tielemans fired a long-range effort that didn’t test Ederson and then,
from a Man City corner, Sterling and then Foden both miscued their volleys.
Halfway through the first half, with City competing well and snuffing out Man City’s attacks, the tension was beginning to mount.
The home side had a spell of pressure around the half hour mark, Gundogan had a shot deflected wide and then they went very close from a corner. Aguero nipped in for a near post header which struck the underside of the bar before Schmeichel reacted well to claw it away.
Man City kept the pressure on and David Silva’s half-volley went through a crowded area before going inches wide. City were managing the occasional break but not threatening, and as Bernardo Silva had a shot blocked, and then Gundogan fired just off target, they were looking forward to hearing the half time whistle. It arrived with City’s goal intact, and half of Merseyside daring to hope.

The Champions’ first chance of the second half came in the 53rd minute, when Silva got his head to a Walker cross, the ball looped up and fell kindly for an unmarked Sterling, but he got under his header and sent it well over from close in.
City were now entirely pinned in their own half and could only soak up the pressure. Gundogan sent a shot narrowly wide and then there were big penalty appeals when Sterling was sandwiched by Choudhury and Chilwell, but both had got a touch of the ball.
City then had a rare foray forward when Maguire strode out of defence, beat a couple of men and found himself on the left wing. He fed a ball inside to Maddison who attempted to curl a shot round Ederson, when a ball to Albrighton may have been a better option.
The anguish of the home fans increased in the 69th minute: Gundogan poked a ball through Evans’ legs setting up Aguero in a one-on-one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper brilliantly threw out a leg to deny him. However, the tension bubble was about to burst with twenty minutes remaining.
Kompany strode forward, no one closed him down, and he unleashed a 25 yarder that swerved round Maguire and into the top right hand corner. It was the first time Kompany had ever scored from outside the area and will almost certainly go down in Manchester City history as the title-winner.
The pressure eased and City had more of the ball, but couldn’t trouble the Man City defence. Rodgers brought Barnes on for Tielemans, Iheanacho for Maddison, and then Gray for Albrighton, but Man City were in full killing the game off mode now. This was summed up when it took Aguero what seemed like a fortnight to leave the field when substituted.
And they nearly paid for it with three minutes remaining. Choudhury, magnificent again, won a challenge in midfield and then strode forward shrugging off challenges before feeding a precise ball to Iheanacho, who lamely stroked the ball ten yards wide from a great position…
It was the last meaningful chance of the game, which had seen an excellent City performance that boded well for next season, let down by one defensive lapse.
Man City are now highly likely to win the title, and deservedly so, but it was also a night when City’s top six ambitions didn’t look too far-fetched.

Bendan Rodgers summed up: “I’m very proud of the team and it bodes well for the future in terms of the personality we played with, particularly in the first half. How we built the game, finding positions to play forward, it was very good. Start of the second half, that’s the area we need to be better in. Because we didn’t build the game up so well and you get a bit of relief for a second and then it comes back at you. So that’s the bit that we’ll analyse. Those are the things that we’re working on in these early stages.”

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Foden (Sané 56), Gündogan, Silva (Stones 90), Bernardo Silva, Agüero (Jesus 87), Sterling.
Substitutes: Danilo, Mahrez, Otamendi, Muric.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Albrighton (Gray 85), Tielemans (Barnes 75), Ndidi, Choudhury, Maddison (Iheanacho 80), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Mendy, Fuchs.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 54,506.

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Ricardo cracker sees Leicester beat the Champions

Leicester City 2:1 Manchester City

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City came from behind to beat Manchester City at the KPS on Boxing Day, with a scorching 81st minute winner from Ricardo Pereira…

Claude Puel stuck with the same starting line-up from the win at Chelsea for the visit of the Champions and it was to produce another victory.
Man City hogged possession in the early stages but City looked fairly comfortable at the back, until they were unlocked in the 14th minute.
Aguero fed a ball through to Bernardo Silva who timed his run perfectly to stay onside and had time to place his shot past Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Although going a goal down to a side like Man City early on can deaden the atmosphere, City struck back five minutes later. After a period of pressure from the visitors, which saw shots straight at Schmeichel from Sané and De Bruyne, City broke upfield.
Vardy cut in from the left and sent a ball over to the far post where Albrighton had raced clear of his marker to nod the ball back across Ederson and into the net.
Man City applied the pressure again, but on the half hour Claude Puel wrote a short letter to Maddison, informing him that he was to play behind Vardy, with Choudhury moving to the right and Albrighton to the left.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

After this switch round, City were the better side and began to create much more going forward.
They had a scare in the 37th minute though, when some poor distribution from Schmeichel led to Sané squaring to Aguero, who jabbed the ball over the bar from six yards.
Maddison had a shot saved by Ederson at his near post, and then a Chilwell cross from the left found Choudhury at the far post but he didn’t get good contact on a difficult chance and the ball went across the goalmouth before it was cleared by Stones.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Maddison and Maguire also sent chances wide as City dominated up to the break and it was the visitors who were happiest to hear the half time whistle.

Maddison had the first chance of the second half, but sent his long range effort a couple of yards wide.
Although the visitors weren’t at their best they were still a constant threat and City had to work hard, hunt in packs, and get their tackles in.
Maguire went in a bit too hard, clattering Bernardo Silva from behind to pick up a yellow card, but he made amends clearing the free-kick with a towering header.
Man City were pressing hard now and Claude Puel made a change in the 62nd minute, bringing Gray on for Choudhury, who was cheered to the rafters.
Morgan produced a fine block to deny Sané, and Schmeichel slid out to smother a De Bruyne effort and the Champions continued to threaten, but City had a good chance of their own. Maddison sent Vardy in down the left, but Laporte got in with a fine block tackle as he pulled the trigger.
Maguire did the same at the other end to rob Sané as he looked to be clear on goal. With Maguire on a yellow it had to be a perfectly timed challenge, and it was.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Man City appeared to be running out of steam, and another change, Simpson on for Maddison in the 77th minute, appeared to turn the tide with Ricardo free to go forward.
City pressed forward, and earned a corner in the 81st minute. Albrighton’s delivery was poor, with Sané heading it away from the far post. The loose ball went to Ricardo, 18 yards out, and he took a touch before lashing it across the crowded penalty area, beyond Ederson and into the net.
The KPS exploded with joy and City were nine minutes away from an unlikely Christmas double.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Pep Guardiola brought Mahrez on for Bernado Silva, but City were looking comfortable at the back and managing the game well. Sané fired a shot well over, as did Gray at the other end. The final change came in the 88th minute when Okazaki replaced Vardy, but then Man City were reduced to ten men when Delph followed through after a challenge and caught Ricardo on the knee. Although Ricardo swiftly got back to his feet referee Mike Dean had a quick consultation with his linesman and produced a straight red.
City retained possession well for the remainder of the game and the final whistle confirmed a second superb victory in four days.
The six points against top six opponents shifted City up to 7th place and relieved what had been mounting pressure on Claude Puel.
Puel commented: “We need now to maintain a level. I will see the recovery of the players. The most important game will be against Cardiff. We created the upset but we played against top sides. It was just a challenge. I would like to congratulate my players – it was amazing.”

It was indeed amazing. Merry Christmas.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Gray 63), Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Vardy (Okazaki 88), Maddison (Simpson 78).
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Iborra, Ghezzal.
Man City: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph, De Bruyne (Silva 70), Gündogan, Bernardo Silva (Mahrez 83), Sterling, Agüero, Sané.
Substitutes: Walker, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden, Muric.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 32,090.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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Leicester fail from the penalty spot after battling to a draw

Leicester City 1:1 Manchester City

(Man City win 3:1 on penalties)

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City bowed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw with Man City was followed by a disastrous penalty shoot-out…

Claude Puel repeated his strategy of making seven changes against the Champions, almost a year to the day after the two sides met at the same stage of the competition.
With a possible semi-final against Burton up for grabs this was a source of great frustration for many fans.
Although Pep Guardiola made eight changes, it was still a strong line-up that included Riyad Mahrez.
Man City stroked the ball around for the opening spell, though the City defence got some decent blocks and tackles in.  But a moment of sublime skill saw the visitors take a 14th minute lead. De Bruyne played the ball off his own leg to change direction and found the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards.
It looked like it might be a very long night at this stage. Man City kept the pressure on, and Mahrez skied one effort from close in and then sent a free kick straight into the wall.

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

At the 20 minute mark City started to get a few moves going and Fuchs sent a long ball forward to Iheanacho who took too long to get in his stride and was tackled by Garcia.
Gray then took a shot from 20 yards that had to be guided round the post by Muric.
In the driving rain a few choice sliding tackles were going in, but Choudhury and Ndidi both escaped yellow cards for challenges on Zinchenko and Mahrez.
While Man City dominated up to the half time whistle City’s dogged defence, or the linesman’s flag managed to keep them at bay.
After Ward saved a Mahrez cross from the left, and VAR decided that Ndidi hadn’t fouled Diaz in the area, the half time whistle saw City still in the game.

An Iborra error in midfield allowed Man City an early chance, but Ward did well to come out and block Aguero’s shot.
In the 53rd minute Claude Puel made his first change, bringing Maddison on for Ghezzal. This worked well, with City enjoying more possession, and a second change came in the 61st minute with Albrighton on for Iborra. Albrighton soon earned a corner, which ended with Maguire sending a tame header at Muric.
Sterling came on for Man City and instantly created a chance for Mahrez which missed the target. City then had a chance at the other end when a quickly taken free-kick from Maddison sent Iheanacho in down the left, but again he appeared to have no confidence whatsoever and the move fizzled out.
But City levelled with a superbly taken goal in the 73rd minute. Ndidi sent a looping pass to meet Albrighton’s run into the right channel and his brilliant first touch set him up to crash the ball past Muric.

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

The visitors applied the pressure in an attempt to regain the lead.
Mahrez attempted to curl a shot in at the far post when he should have pulled it back to a queue of team-mates, and Choudhury got in a last ditch tackle on Jesus in the area that was checked by VAR but rightly judged to be a fair one.
Puel then tried to tighten things up, bringing on Ricardo for the hapless Iheanacho.
The excellent Choudhury then applied enough pressure on Gundogan to force his shot wide, and then dispossessed Jesus in a dangerous position, before the final whistle heralded yet another Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out.

Maguire took the first one, at the Kop end for a change,  and although Muric got a hand to it, it had just enough pace to beat him.
Gundogan took the next, and Ward got a touch but to his frustration it also went in.
Fuchs then scooped his effort over the bar to give the visitors the advantage.
That advantage was soon gone when Sterling attempted a ‘Panenka’ lobbing the ball down the middle, but also clearing the bar in the process. A delighted Ward laughed in his face.
But the laughter ceased when Maddison came in with a stuttering run, sending a horribly feeble effort well within Muric’s reach.
Jesus also tried an over-elaborate approach, which led to him falling over, but he got enough contact to beat Ward.
Söyüncü had apparently learned nothing from the previous attempts, starting, stopping, starting again and stopping again before presenting Muric with an easy save to his left.
Zinchenko then fired in the first decent penalty of the night to send Man City into the semi-finals.

Leicester City v ManchesterCity - Carabao Cup Quarter Final

It all seemed like a dreadful waste after City had battled to stay in the tie, as one of the doors that could have led to this being more than a very ordinary season slammed shut.

Leicester: Ward, Simpson, Söyüncü, Maguire, Fuchs, Ghezzal (Maddison 53), Choudhury, Iborra (Albrighton 61), Ndidi, Gray, Iheanacho (Ricardo 81).
Substitutes: Morgan, Jakupovic, Okazaki, Mendy.
Man City: Muric, Walker, Garcia, Otamendi, Zinchenko, De Bruyne (Gündogan 71), Stones, Foden, Mahrez, Agüero (Jesus 76), Diaz (Sterling 66).
Substitutes: Delph, Ederson, Sandler, Nmecha.

Referee: Lee Mason. Attendance: 24,644.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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Leicester collapse at the Etihad as Agüero nets four

Manchester City 5:1 Leicester City

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A decent first half showing was followed by a second half collapse as Manchester City thrashed Leicester 5-1 at the Etihad on Saturday evening…

Claude Puel made two changes to his side, with Iheanacho and Simpson making way for James and Chilwell, and a three man defence being used initially.
Mahrez, having returned to the fold after a 10 day absence, had a place on the bench.
But Leicester found themselves a goal down after just two minutes.
De Bruyne, on the right, curved a perfect cross in behind Leicester’s defence and Sterling nipped ahead of Albrighton to net at the far post.
Leicester weathered a storm of City attacking play for 20 minutes after that, before striking back with a 24th minute equaliser. A wayward pass from Otamendi set up Vardy, who raced towards the penalty area and fired a low shot that that a slight deflection off Laporte and evaded Ederson.
City kept up their barrage and Schmeichel had a busy few minutes, fielding an effort from Gundogan and saving shots from Silva and Fernandinho.
De Bruyne got in on the left twice but had one shot blocked by Dragovic and the next saved by Schmeichel at the near post. Sterling then lost the use of his legs in the area but was ignored by referee Mike Jones.
De Bruyne then thumped a 35 yard free-kick into Schmeichel’s chest.
Five minutes before the break Sterling went clear on goal and rounded Schmeichel but Dragovic slid in to block his shot with a timely interception.
Despite the one-way traffic, Leicester went in level at the break having rallied after the worst possible start.

Sadly their resistance didn’t last, with Simpson on for Silva and four at the back, the visitors conceded another early goal.
De Bruyne, out on the left, threaded another superb pass between defenders and keeper and Aguero tapped it home at the far post.
Five minutes later the contest was over, when de Bruyne’s third assist sent Aguero in on goal, his shot squirming between Schmeichel’s arm and body.
The City pressure was relentless now and Claude Puel made a double change, replacing Chilwell and Diabate with Iheanacho and Mahrez. Both subs were cheered by both sets of fans.
Although the Leicester defence were still hard pressed Mahrez managed one decent run that was halted by Gundogan, who was yellow carded for a crude challenge. Albrighton’s free-kick was over-hit and a brief spell of respite was gone.
Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute, when the latest in a series of poor kicks by Schmeichel went straight to Aguero on the edge of the area, and he chipped it over the embarrassed keeper.
The rout was completed in the 90th minute when Aguero stuck home his fourth, an incredible dipping strike that went over Schmeichel’s head and in off the underside of the bar.

Claude Puel summed up: “We had some luck to come back in the game after their first goal, we conceded the goals in a bad time just at the beginning of both halves. They killed the game with the second and took confidence, and then it’s difficult to resist against a team like this. They press, they play between the lines. It’s difficult to start and have a certain position against them – but it’s a lot of goals conceded, which is a shame.”

Although it is difficult to gauge a performance against such a magnificent Manchester City side, the second half display was disappointing and Puel needs to get Leicester’s season back on track.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi (Stones 81), Laporte, Zinchenko (Danilo 65), De Bruyne, Fernandinho (Foden 80), Gündogan, Bernardo Silva, Agüero, Sterling. Substitutes: Bravo, Kompany, Nmecha, Diaz.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Adrien Silva (Simpson 45), Chilwell (Iheanacho 62), Diabaté (Mahrez 62), Vardy.
Substitutes: Gray, Jakupovic, IborraBenalouane.

Referee: 
M Jones. Attendance: 54,416.

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Shoot-out agony as Leicester miss out on semi-finals

Leicester City 1:1 Manchester City 
(Man City win 4-3 on pens)

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Although a late Leicester equaliser forced this Carabao Cup quarter-final into extra time and penalties, Man City progressed when Vardy and Mahrez missed from the spot at the KPS on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel opted for seven changes to his side in a busy period, while Pep Guardiola fielded only two from the last Premier League outing.
But Man City’s second string did a good imitation of the first, dominating possession in the early stages of the game with their short passing game.
Their first chance came in the 12th minute when Silva nipped in on the left, Hamer getting down well to his shot.
Two minutes later, a mix up between Fuchs and Hamer on the edge of the area almost cost Leicester but Maguire managed to block Gundogan’s shot and then Silva lashed the rebound wide.
Chances were rare for City, in the 17th minute Albrighton delivered a cross from the right but Okazaki got under his header and sent it over.
Gundogan then attempted to chip Hamer from 25 yards, but the backpedalling keeper managed to touch it onto the top of the bar.
Iheanacho was not having a productive time up front against his old side and then picked up a harsh booking from Bobby Madley in the 23rd minute. Danilo left a back pass short, and Bravo only just won the race against Iheanacho, clearing and then leaping the challenge.
Man City took the lead in the 26th minute. Gundogan won the ball in midfield and set off on a run that took him to the edge of the area, where he played Silva in and the ball was prodded through Hamer’s legs and into the net.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

After weathering a few attacks from City, Leicester spurned a good chance in the 33rd minute. Chilwell delivered a cross to Iheanacho who played a one-two with Okazaki, but then sent a tame shot straight at Bravo from 12 yards.
As Leicester had a decent spell up to the break Iheanacho produced a better shot from range, but Bravo was equal to it.

Leicester began the second half well, with a couple of Fuchs long throws causing City some bother, but the second ended with Chilwell’s diving header going over.
Hamer then did well to smother a chance for Jesus, after a slick City move.
Claude Puel made his first changes after 57 minutes, bringing Mahrez and Vardy on for Albrighton and Iheanacho.
This lifted the atmosphere, which had gone a bit flat, and Leicester tried to ruffle City’s passing game with some hard pressing.
Maguire had a long-range shot blocked, and then Vardy was almost clear on goal, but Chilwell’s through ball had too much pace on it.
Mangala was left bloody nosed after a collision with Vardy and was eventually replaced by Walker after some lengthy treatment. The Man City physio was a busy man as light blue shirts suffered a suspiciously high series of injuries.
The 82nd minute saw a bit of Mahrez magic as he jinked round Zinchenko and delivered a low cross, which was gathered by Bravo at the second attempt, with Vardy ready to pounce.
Leicester pressed forward as time began to run out.
Gray, a 71st minute sub, flashed in a low cross in which Vardy missed by inches, and then Maguire sent a header over from a Mahrez free-kick.
With 90 minutes up it was then announced that 8 minutes would be added on, and Leicester finally equalised in the 7th.
Gray charged into the area down the left and Walker got too close to the back of him, a slight touch sending him over. Vardy blazed his penalty into the bottom left hand corner to take the tie into extra-time.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Five minutes into extra-time Walker picked up a booking for a dive in the box after a Dragovic challenge. This added to the grievance the City players felt after Gray went over.
Maguire then got his head to another Mahrez free-kick but missed the target.
The 12th minute saw a scare for City when Vardy chased down a Bravo clearance, the ball rebounding off the striker, but away from goal.
In the final act of the first period of extra-time Hamer saved a Toure free-kick and the prospect of penalties loomed large.
The tired legs produced few chances in the second period.
Zinchenko sent a 25 yarder inches over the bar, and then Mahrez forced a good save from Bravo with a curling shot.
Vardy then went sprawling in the box under pressure from Danilo, but Bobby Madley wasn’t listening to the loud appeals for another penalty.
The final whistle signalled a period of nervous tension as the kickers were organised and then Fuchs stepped up to take the first one, which was near on perfect.
The next six kicks didn’t bring any drama, with Gundogan, Toure, Maguire, Iborra, Nmecha and Jesus all netting comfortably.
Then Vardy stepped up for his second spot-kick off the night… and clipped the outside of the left hand post.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Mahrez took the next one, which went lamely down the middle and Bravo blocked it, before racing off to the visitors’ corner to celebrate the win.
While Man City remain unbeaten in domestic competition, Leicester fans were wondering what might have been, if Claude Puel had sent a stronger side out.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Fifth Round

Puel, facing 10 games in 35 days, was not apologising: “No regrets about what we could do tonight, I just think we were unlucky with a lot of chances to score. Of course it is a disappointment for the squad, because they worked hard. I like this, this positive outlook, because we had to give a good response. It is OK for the future.”

Leicester: Hamer, Amartey, Dragovic (Benalouane 111), Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton (Mahrez 57), King, Iborra, Chilwell (Gray 71). Okazaki, Iheanacho (Vardy 57).
Substitutes: Simpson, Jakupovic, Ulloa.
Man City: Bravo, Danilo, Adarabioyo, Mangala (Walker 81), Zinchenko, Gündogan, Y Touré, Foden (Dele-Bashiru 90), Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Diaz (Nmecha 88).
Substitutes: Delph, Sané, Ederson, Duhaney.
Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 31,562.

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Leicester succumb to Man City masterclass

Leicester City 0:2 Manchester City

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Leicester could do nothing to prevent Manchester City racking up their 10th consecutive Premier League victory, prompting Claude Puel to call them “The best team in Europe”.

Puel made one change to his side, with Albrighton in for Okazaki, and they almost breached City’s defence in the third minute.
Iborra threaded a ball through to Vardy who was in on goal before Kompany brought him crashing down. With the crowd baying for what looked like an obvious red card, referee Graham Scott produced a yellow.
Leicester were giving a good account of themselves before City settled into their stride and Mahrez beat Delph down the right, before delivering a hard and low cross that Kompany blocked, the ball going uncomfortably close to the near post.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

By the 20th minute City were gaining control and Sané, a constant threat down the left, cut a ball back for Silva who forced a good save from Schmeichel.
City then lost Stones on the half hour when he pulled a hamstring while pursuing Gray down the left. But this didn’t stop their relentless ramping up of the pressure.
When Leicester did get hold of the ball it was soon given away, but Morgan and Maguire both produced good blocks to cut out the final pass in the area.
A low cross from Sané was blocked by Schmeichel, and Silva fired an effort over.
Just when it looked as though Leicester might survive to half-time, Man City spirited their way through the defence with a sublime move. Sterling played a through ball to Silva who timed a perfect run to stay onside and square for Jesus to tap the ball home from close in.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Half time guest Esteban Cambiasso earned a rousing reception, adding to his legend with the words: “I was at Leicester for one year, but I will be a supporter all my life”,
before Leicester set about the tall order of getting back into the game in the second half.
Their best chance came in the 49th minute when Maguire latched onto a poor punch from Ederson and struck the right hand post through a crowded area, but 25 seconds later they found themsleves two down.
From the rebound City poured forward at pace,  Sané  set up De Bruyne on the edge of the area and he made himself some space before launching a rocket into the top corner.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

The game was gone and the damage limitation exercise kicked in now. A stretched home defence did pretty well, snuffing out several intricate moves in the penalty area.
Leicester created a couple of chances on the break, but on both occasions Vardy was frustrated by the linesman’s flag.
Iheanacho, Okazaki and Slimani were thrown into the fray, but nothing could disrupt the Man City flow and the visiting fans were “Ole-ing” as their side enjoyed almost total possession.
The stands began to empty as Leicester chased shadows for the last quarter of an hour, and there was nothing to do but acknowledge that this Manchester City side is one of the greatest we have seen in English football.

Claude Puel pointed out that it could have been a different afternoon: “The first move for us and the foul from Vincent Kompany, I think it’s a red. This action can change the feel of the game.”
But in honestly it looked as though City had another gear to spare.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez (Slimani 83), Ndidi, Iborra (Okazaki 83), Gray, Albrighton (Iheanacho 67), Vardy. Substitutes: Chilwell, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones (Mangala 31), Kompany, Delph, De Bruyne (Gündogan 89), Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling (Bernardo Silva 84), Jesus, Sané. Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Agüero, Y Touré.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 31,908.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Leicester slip up at the Etihad

Manchester City 2:1 Leicester City

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Leicester were denied a point at the Etihad on Saturday when Riyad Mahrez had a second half penalty disallowed for a double touch…

Craig Shakespeare was forced into making two changes to his line-up with Chilwell and King replacing the injured Huth and Drinkwater.
Man City were the first to threaten in the 3rd minute when a low cross from Sane was intercepted by Fuchs with Jesus waiting to pounce.
From the resulting corner, an unmarked Fernandinho had the goal at his mercy but got his header wrong and missed the target.
City’s unfamilar defence were looking a bit stretched, with Benalouane making a vital headed clearance before Jesus came within inches of of converting a cross.
Leicester then created a chance of their own but Ndidi’s awkaward header from a free-kick flew well over.
Soon after this Albrighton attempted a long range effort but it went tamely into Caballero’s grasp.
Man City had plenty of possession at this point but couldn’t create much. Silva broke through on the left and pulled back for Sane who mishit his shot across goal.
Ndidi blocked a Sterling effort, and then a De Bruyne 25 yarder span up off Benalouane, but sailed wide of Schmeichel’s goal.
The hosts broke Leicester’s resistance in the 29th minute. A Sane cross from the left found Silva in the area and slotted a cool finish home from 12 yards.
Sterling, in an offside position and unsighting Schmeichel, took a swing at the ball, but referee Bobby Madley didn’t judge him to be interfering with play, despite heated protests from the Leicester players.
Six minutes later Leicester were 2-0 down and there were no complaints this time as Benalouane knocked Sane over in the area with a clumsy lunge. Jesus sent Schmeichel the wrong way with his spot-kick and it was difficult to see a way back in for Leicester at this stage.
The one-way traffic continued towards the visitors goal, but with three minutes of the half left, Leicester struck back.
Great work from Albrighton down the left saw him deliver a cross that Okazaki crashed home with a brilliant volley.

Leicester started the second half with a purpose. Albrighton attempted a couple of shots, and then Kompany had to take a yellow for the team, felling Chilwell on the halfway line to prevent a dangerous looking breakaway move.
Sterling then cut in from the right and his cross struck Albrighton in the face, lengthy treatment for a nosebleed disproving the loud appeals for handball.
Leicester enjoyed a decent spell, pressing forward against a less confident looking City, without managing to deliver a telling final ball.
Toure had a shot blocked and City broke upfield, but a De Bruyne foul halted Okazaki’s progress.
Albrighton was in the wars again when Fernandinho planted an elbow into his eye, though it was judged accidental and Albrighton was left with an instant shiner and a sense of grievence.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 66th minute, bringing Amartey on for King, as Leicester continued to press forward in search of an equaliser.
Slimani was then brought on for Okazaki.
In the 76th minute Leicester appeared to have made the breakthrough. Mahrez had just entered the penalty area when he was tripped by Clichy for an obvious penalty.
Mahrez picked up the ball himself and netted from the penalty spot, but wait.
The Leicester fans celebrations were cut short as play restarted with a goal kick. Mahrez had slipped at the vital moment and connected twice with his shot. Madley had shown attention to detail, without noticing two Man City players encroaching into the area and Caballero off his line.
He wasnt the first player to slip over on a pich that had been heavily watered at half time, but it was an unprecedented way to throw a point away.
With ten minutes remaining Albrighton gained revenge on Fernandinho with a heavy challenge and he was instantly replaced by Gray.
The action was end to end now. Kompany failed to nod a Silva cross under the bar, while a great Leicester move down the right saw Simpson deliver a cross for Vardy, whose flick went narrowly wide.
Otamendi blocked an Ndidi shot as the 90 minutes came up and he required treatement which would further extend the 7 minutes of time-added-on.
It was frantically scrappy end to the game. City had a free-kick when Mahrez was fouled by Silva. Schmeichel came upfield for it, but the home defence cleared and the final whistle blew.

Craig Shakespeare wasn’t happy with Man City’s first goal, or the failure to retake the penalty due to encroachment, but was satisfied with the performance:
“It’s bad luck from our point of view, but I’m more pleased with the way the lads went about it second half, we took the game to City and caused lots of problems. We looked a bit dejected first half, the two goals took the stuffing out of us, and to get our goal, a quality goal, was the first time we played with any quickness to our play. I think the players are getting every last drop out of themselves. The spirit, determination they showed was there for everyone to see.”

Man City : Caballero, Fernandinho, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Sterling (Aguero 78), De Bruyne (Zabaleta 82), Silva, Sane, Gabriel Jesus (Jesus Navas 90). Subs Not Used: Fernando, Nolito, Kolarov, Gunn.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, Fuchs, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, King (Amartey 68), Albrighton (Gray 80), Okazaki (Slimani 73), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Musa, Kapustka, Zieler, Wasilewski.

Referee: R Madley. Attendance: 54,407. 

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