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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.

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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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Vardy hat trick sees Leicester humble Man City

Leicester City 4:2 Manchester City

Leicester City v Manchester City, Premier League, 10 December 2016

Leicester finally discovered last season’s level of performance with a 4-2 dismantling of Manchester City at a rain-swept KPS on Saturday evening…

Claudio Ranieri made ten changes to the line-up who were thrashed in Porto, while Pep Guardiola was missing Aguero and Fernandinho after last week’s bust up against Chelsea.
Against a back drop of constant rain, Leicester started this game in determined fashion, and delighted a soaking wet crowd with a third minute goal.
After good work from Mahrez, Slimani threaded a ball between Stones and Kolarov and Vardy raced through to place a precise finish across Bravo, his first goal in 16 games.

Leicester City v Manchester City, Premier League, 10 December 2016

If this was a great start for Leicester, it was to get even better three minutes later.
Slimani claimed another assist, teeing up King on the edge of the area for a fine curling effort that eluded Bravo’s grasp.
The home crowd went wild, sensing that last season’s City were back at last.

Leicester City v Manchester City, Premier League, 10 December 2016

Leicester continued to press against a shell-shocked looking City.
Mahrez threatened with a dangerous run, while Slimani volleyed a decent chance over the bar.
Just as the visitors managed to get a hold on the game, and started probing at City’s defence -de Bruyne sending a shot narrowly wide – Vardy struck again in the 21st minute.
It was superb goal, out of the 2015-16 handbook. A 60 yard ball from Fuchs was magically cushioned into the path of Vardy by Mahrez, and the England striker glided past Bravo and rolled the ball into the net.
Mahrez then went past two players before curling in a shot that forced Bravo into a decent save.
The visitors managed to mount some pressure of their own towards the break, but City’s defence were alert and efforts from Kolarov, de Bruyne and Fernando were all blocked.
Leicester might have gone in at the break 4-0 up, but Slimani’s header from a fine Albrighton cross missed the target.

Leicester City v Manchester City, Premier League, 10 December 2016

Despite the three-goal cushion, there was still an air of tension as Man City dominated possession and created plenty of chances after the break.
Zabaleta and De Bruyne had shots blocked before De Bruyne dragged a shot wide when well placed.
Iheanacho then had a shot saved by Zieler and Gundogan fired narrowly wide before Guardiola  introduced Sterling and Yaya Toure to the game.
The one-way traffic continued with Zabaleta seeing his shot deflected wide by King, before the defence were given a breather when Slimani pushed forward and tested Bravo with a 20 yarder.
Ranieri brought Okazaki on for Slimani in the 77th minute, and Leicester went 4-0 up within a minute.
Stones attempted a pass back to Bravo, but Vardy seized upon the ball, took a touch round the City keeper, and then slid the ball in off the far post from the tightest of angles. It was an inch over the line when Sagna cleared it.
Vardy’s goal drought was emphatically over, and this was his first hat trick for Leicester, each one finished with surgical precision.

Leicester City v Manchester City, Premier League, 10 December 2016

Only when the game was won did Leicester finally concede a goal, Kolarov beating Zieler with a 22 yard curling free-kick that found the top right hand corner with 8 minutes remaining.
Vardy was given a standing ovation when replaced by Gray with three minutes left, before Nolito applied a finishing touch to Kolarov’s low cross to further reduce the arrears.
Mahrez then made way for Matty James, making his first appearance since a serious injury in May 2015.
The final whistle was greeted with a huge roar of approval.
It was City’s finest performance of the season, achieved without midfield lynchpin Danny Drinkwater or Kasper Schmeichel, and proved that the spirit of 2015-16 is still in there somewhere.

Claudio Ranieri told the post match press conference: “It was the true Leicester today, maybe because we have played so badly in our last few matches, but today we were so strong. We wanted to do best for our fans because they support us a lot and travel to Portugal and we did not play so well. For this reason we wanted to show our best.” 

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Amartey, King, Mahrez (James 90), Albrighton, Slimani (Okazaki 77), Vardy (Gray 87). Subs Not Used: Hamer, Chilwell, Mendy, Musa. 
Man City: Bravo, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernando, Gundogan (Nolito 67), Kolarov, Navas (Sterling 58), De Bruyne, Silva, Stones, Iheanacho (Toure 58). Subs Not Used: Caballero, Sane, Clichy, Adarabioyo.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 31, 966.

 

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Leicester stun the Etihad with 3-1 victory

Manchester City 1:3 Leicester City

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One of the biggest games in Leicester’s history saw them triumphant with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in this Saturday lunchtime table-topping clash…

Claudio Ranieri was able to name an unchanged side for this vital game and they got off to a flying start at a rainswept Etihad.
Although this was a record attendance at the Etihad many supporters were still absent due to traffic problems when Leicester took a 3rd minute lead.
After Hart had punched a threatening Albrighton cross clear, the ball was fed out to Mahrez on the right where he was bundled over by Kolarov.
Mahrez delivered the free-kick into the six yard box, where Huth had nipped ahead of Demicheli, getting a vital touch that deflected off the defender giving Hart no chance.
The already soaked Leicester players celebrated gleefully.
Five minutes later the visitors almost doubled their lead when a fantastic diagonal ball from Albrighton saw Vardy bearing down on goal. Hart was out smartly to block him and then Otamendi put in a timely challenge to deny Okazaki who was following up and shaping to shoot.
Hart was soon in action again, this time sliding out to meet Drinkwater who had been slipped in down the left by Mahrez.
City’s first chance came when Silva topped off a slick passing move with a low shot, that beat Schmiechel’s left hand post by a foot.
Leicester were happy to let City have the possession at this stage and one spell was ended with a superb crossfield Mahrez ball that picked out Vardy on the left. The England striker powered past Otamendi and delivered a low cross that saw Okazaki just crowded out at the near post.
Leicester had a scare when Fuchs and Zabaleta collided on the edge of the area, but referee Taylor awarded a free-kick. Kolarov’s fiercely delivered free-kick was bravely headed over by Huth when a mere mortal would have been tempted to duck.
Touré sent a shot well over after Sterling teed him up and Leicester took their precious lead down the tunnel at half-time.

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Just as they had in the first half, Leicester scored three minutes after the restart.
City broke upfield with Kanté evading a couple of challenges. He passed to Mahrez, who rode an Otamendi tackle and then feinted round Demichelis before firing in a fantastic shot that left Hart standing.
He executed a forward roll before sharing the moment with three tiers of Leicester fans who were scarcely able to believe their own eyes.
City skipper Touré was then replaced by Fernando, who was soon in the action, forcing a superb point-blank reaction save from Schmeichel when he got his head to a corner kick.
On the hour the fantasy football continued as Leicester went 3-0 up. Fuchs’ corner from the left was met with a towering header from Huth and Hart was rooted to the spot again as it found the top left hand corner.
Vardy went clear on goal but Leicester were denied a fourth when Hart stood in his way and blocked the shot with his chest.
Agüero had a couple of efforts blocked as Leicester defended brilliantly, and they were only breached in the 88th minute when it was too late. Celina delivered a cross from the right and Agüero glanced a near post header across Schmeichel.
Hearts were in mouths moments later when a careless Simpson backpass put Agüero in on goal but we were spared a nerve-shredding finale when Schmeichel forced him wide and his shot sailed harmlessly over.
The final whistle confirmed a 3-1 victory in perhaps the most incredible game of an astonishing season. The table showed Leicester six points clear, as they continued to defy football logic, and one by one the numbers of people saying they ‘can’t’ win the league are being reduced.
Claudio Ranieri reacted to Leicester being made the bookmakers’ favourites for the title:
“I don’t believe the bookmakers. At the beginning of the season the bookmakers said, ‘sack Ranieri’. I hope one time they are right!”

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov, Touré (Fernando (52), Fernandinho, Silva (Celina 77), Delph (Iheanacho 52), Sterling, Agüero. Subs Not Used: Caballero, Clichy, Sagna, A. Garcia.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Dyer 86), Mahrez (Gray 77), Okazaki (Ulloa 81), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chilwell, King.

Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 54,693.

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Leicester round off a great year with a point against Man City

Leicester City 0:0 Manchester City

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City completed half the league programme level on points with leaders Arsenal after a battling 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side with Drinkwater and Inler in for Okazaki and King.
Although it was the visitors who had the best of the opening spell Leicester created the first real chance, Fuchs chipping a free-kick forward which Huth headed narrowly over the bar.
De Bruyne then tested Schmeichel with a well struck shot, before the constantly threatening Agüero had a shot deflected into the City keeper’s grasp.
After Morgan had broken up a dangerous move involving Silva and Sterling, Mahrez then dispossessed Kolarov before sending a shot just over the bar.

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As Man City stepped up the pressure Schmeichel denied Sterling twice, but it was the home side who finished the half on top.
Albrighton went agonisingly close to reaching a Fuchs cross at the far post; and then Vardy burst through the middle, getting ahead of the superb Mangala for once, but he lifted his shot high of the target.

The second half continued at the same searing pace and De Bruyne’s cross was met by Agüero at the near post but he couldn’t convert the chance.
Kanté then charged forward from midfield and unleashed a low shot that was inches wide.
Ulloa came on for Inler in the 67th minute after Manuel Pellegrini had brought Bony on for  Agüero.

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Bony’s first effort saw him send a shot over the bar from a good position.
Drinkwater sent Vardy in on the left with a fine pass, but the England striker’s angled drive was saved by Hart.
Sterling and Silva were also withdrawn from play and there was little drama in the closing stages as both sides guarded their point.

2015 may well have been the greatest year in the history of Leicester City Football Club and this was a fitting end.
Claudio Ranieri outlined the task that faces us in the New Year: “We’re the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Inler (Ulloa 67), Kanté, Drinkwater (King 80), Mahrez, Albrighton (De Laet 90), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Dyer, Okazaki.
Man City: Hart, Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Silva (Navas 74), Touré, De Bruyne, Sterling (Iheanacho 89), Agüero (Bony 63). Subs Not Used: Zabaleta, Caballero, Demichelis, Horsfield.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 32,027.  

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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