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City 1 - Leicester 3

February 6, 2016

 

City were soundly beaten 3-1 by Leicester on a miserable afternoon at the Etihad 

Stadium.

 

The Blues never recovered from going behind early in the game and were largely out-

played by a Foxes side that now go six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Only Liverpool have handed out similar punishment on City´s own turf and too many 

of the home side had a bad day at the office.

If there were any doubters in the record 54,693 Etihad crowd as to why Leicester sat 

three points clear at the top of the Premier League going into this clash, they were 

dispelled in the opening few minutes.

Quicker to the ball, pressing with aggression and dangerous in the attacking third, the 

Foxes were ahead inside three minutes.

Riyad Mahrez dashed down the right, skipping past Fabian Delph and Aleksandar 

Kolarov before being fouled by the Serbian on the edge of the box.

A simple cross into the six-yard box seemed to catch the Blues off-guard and burly 

defender Robert Huth was first to react, poking a deflected shot towards goal that left 

Joe Hart stranded.

It was exactly the start City had needed to avoid with the Foxes expert travellers on 

the road and having lost just once in their previous 15 away games.

It also allowed the visitors to regroup, defend in numbers and allow the Blues to come 

on to them – a job they did comfortably for the majority of the opening period, twice 

coming close to doubling their lead in the process.

City had two good shouts for a penalty – the first on 24 minutes when Pablo Zabaleta 

was brought down on the right of the box with TV replays showing the infringement 

had been on the line and perhaps should have resulted in a spot-kick.

The second was on 41 minutes when Fernandinho was shoved to the ground in the 

box – the kind of foul that is given anywhere else on the pitch but more often than not 

when it means a penalty being awarded.

The Blues went in at the break having dominated possession but failing to really 

threaten the visitors where it really counted. It seemed Manuel Pellegrini would need 

to have a rethink during the half-time break in order to find a way back into this 

match.

Unfortunately, City hadn´t the learned the lessons of the first half and again, with 

three minutes of kicking off, Leicester had increased their lead after breaking at speed 

and Mahrez skilfully skipped a challenge before wrong-footing Hart with a powerful 

drive.

On the evidence to that point, it seemed as though it was game, set and match in 

favour of the East Midlands side. Pellegrini replaced Toure and Delph immediately 

after the goal with Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho coming on.

Fernando came close to scoring within a few minutes, too, as he headed a corner 

towards goal but Kasper Schmeichel made a fine save to preserve his side’s two-goal 

advantage.

It got worse for the Blues on the hour-mark when Huth scored his second of the 

afternoon, rising higher than anyone else from Christian Fuchs´ corner to head past 

Hart and effectively end the contest.

Aguero headed home a consolation goal with two minutes to go, glancing home 

Bersant Celina´s cross and might have had another a minute later when he intercepted 

a poor back pass - but he fired wide from an acute angle.

In truth, it was too little too late on a day when the hosts were second-best in all 

departments.

An afternoon to forget and with Spurs up next weekend, the Blues need to move on 

and regroup as quickly as possible.

MATCH DETAILS:

Manchester City (1): Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, 

Toure (Fernando 52), Delph (Iheanacho 52), Silva (Celina 77), Sterling, Aguero 

Leicester City (3): Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 77), 

Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Dyer 86), Okazaki (Ulloah 80), Vardy 

Goals: Huth 3, 60 Mahrez 48, Aguero 88

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Bookings: Morgan, Simpson, Zabaleta

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