Manchester City got another crucial three points in the battle for a top four position, as they narrowly beat last season’s Premier League champions, Leicester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
City came into the game on the back of a massive 5-0 win against Crystal Palace, with Pep Guardiola’s men looking for another three points in their quest for a Champions League qualification position, against a Leicester team revitalised under caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare.
Leicester are now safe from relegation after a terrible start to the season under former manager Claudio Ranieri, and previously beating Watford 3-0 at the King Power Stadium to put them into the top half of the table. Goals from Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton helped Leicester on their way to a valuable three points.
The game overall was dominated by Manchester City in the opening stages, cruising to a 2-0 lead through David Silva and a Gabriel Jesus penalty. Silva’s goal was marred with controversy as it appeared that Raheem Sterling was offside as he tried and failed to help the ball into the net. This came from David Silva turning in Leroy Sane’s blocked shot, which gave City an important lead. Sane was then brought down by Yohan Benalouane in the box, giving City the opportunity to further their advantage. Gabriel Jesus buried the resulting penalty to give City a 2-0 lead and put them into cruise control.
This changed when Shinji Okazaki met a Marc Albrighton cross with a great acrobatic finish to get the Foxes back into the game before half time. This created a nervy second half for the Citizens as they struggled to find their fluency and dominance from the first half.
Leicester were awarded a penalty late into the second half, after Gael Clichy brought down Riyad Mahrez in the box, but the Algerian’s penalty was disallowed as he took two touches of the ball. This resulted from him slipping at the vital moment, with the ball hitting both feet before going in. City were able to secure the three points soon after that big moment.
Here are our City player ratings from the game: