Manchester City F.C. vs Leicester City F.C.

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Barclays Premier League

February 6th

Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

1-3

2′ Huth

48′ Mahrez

60′ Huth

87′ Agüero


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FT: The victory for the Foxes meant that they extended their lead at the top of the league to six points, on 53 points. City remain in second temporarily on 47 points.


90’+4′ The referee blows the whistle for the final time in this game.


90’+3′ Zabaleta’s deflected effort goes out for a corner. The corner falls to Demichelis, but it goes just wide of the post.


90’+1′ A Fernandinho cross is deep and Schmeichel back-pedals, but it goes harmlessly wide.


90′ There will be four additional minutes for stoppages.


88′ A poor Simpson back-pass falls to Agüero, who is taken wide by Schmeichel, and shoots wide from a tight-angle. That was a real chance to make things interesting.


87′ Goal: A cross by substitute Celina following a corner finds Agüero, who heads into the far corner. The Argentine was offside when the ball was played in towards him, but somehow the linesman gave him the benefit of the doubt, and possibly some sympathy.

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Too little, too late? Agüero pulls a goal back. Image from: Reuters

85′ The visitors make their third and final change of the game with Nathan Dyer coming on for Albrighton.


80′ The visitors make their second change of the game with Okazaki departing for Leonardo Ulloa.


80′ Albrighton finds Vardy, who curls an effort into the sidenetting.


76′ The home side make their third and final change with Silva departing for Bersant Celina. Leicester make their first change of the game with goalscorer Mahrez going off for Demarai Gray.


75′ Agüero finds space, but his effort is charged down, he then shoots a tame shot into the path of Schmeichel via a deflection.


72′ Zabaleta concedes a corner, the set-piece is worked to Fuchs, who sends in a good cross towards Vardy, but his deft touch isn’t enough, and it goes harmlessly wide for a throw-in.


71′ Fernando receives a yellow card for preventing Leicester from taking a quick freekick.


68′ Leicester break and Okazaki wins a freekick with Zabaleta receiving a yellow for his troubles.


67′ Drinkwater plays a fantastic ball towards Vardy, who has just the keeper to beat, but his effort is straight at Hart.


64′ The Foxes’ fans chant, “We want four.”


60′ Goal: Huth meets the corner, heading it into the top-corner with Hart stranded. City will feel they should have been awarded a goal kick, but that’s no excuse, they should have defended the set-piece much better than that.

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Robert Huth gets his second of the match, and the Foxes’ third. Image from: Reuters

58′ Vardy turns his man before sending a dangerous cross in, but it goes out for a corner, although it appears that it came of Okazaki.


56′ Sterling curls an effort wide.


53′ City win a corner and Fernando meets it with a header, but somehow Schmeichel keeps it out.


51′ The hosts make a double substitution with Touré departing for Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho coming on for Delph.


50′ Drinkwater’s ball is met by Okazaki, but he can’t get enough on it and Hart claims it with ease.


 48′ Goal: Kanté does excellent to beat a few players and evade some hefty challenges before finding Mahrez who uses a nice step-over to beat Demichelis before curling an effort past Hart into the top-corner.

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Riyad Mahrez doubles the Foxes’ lead. Image from: Getty

46′ A good break from Leicester sees Albrighton cut the ball back, but it’s been intercepted.


45′ Simpson receives a yellow card for a foul on Sterling.


45′ Kick Off


HT: Man City have some work to do if they are to win, what they claim is ‘not the title decider’. Leicester’s defence have done incredibly well to contain Agüero thus far, but will they manage to contain the Argentine for another 45 minutes?


45’+3′ The corner comes to nothing yet again and Leicester clear. That is the last action of the first half as the referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.


45’+2′ Man City win a corner.


45′ There will be three additional minutes for stoppages.


44′ Kolarov fires wide from a tight-angle.


44′ Agüero fires a good low cross into the area, but no-one is on the end of it.


44′ Touré heads on the corner, but Schmeichel punches clear.


44′ Sterling pulls the ball back to Kolarov who fires a deflected effort that goes out for a corner.


43′ Delay in the match as Fernandinho receives treatment for a head injury.


41′ Following a corner, Fernandinho goes down under a challenge from Albrighton, but the referee’s unmoved.


40′ Silva wins a corner.


38′ Leicester look for Vardy as an out-ball, but the pass towards the forward is overhit.


36′ The freekick comes to nothing.


35′ Morgan receives a yellow after he comes through the back of Agüero.


33′ Kolarov lets fly from range but it goes harmlessly wide.


31′ Agüero creates half a yard before firing an effort that Schmeichel does well to hold on to.


28′ Touré fires over from a tight-angle.


27′ The resulting set-piece comes to nothing.


26′ A dangerous cross from Sterling just gets a nick off Huth, who takes it off the head of Agüero, and Leicester concede the corner.


24′ The corner comes to nothing.


24′ Kolaravo’s freekick is deflected behind for a corner.


23′ Zabaleta wins a freekick on the edge of the area. There are claims for a penalty, but it was just outside according to the referee.


21′ A brilliant low cross from Vardy just evades Okazaki.


20′ Okazaki wins a freekick close to the halfway line.


18′ The game is so open with both sides looking to get the next goal but a series of strong challenges from both sides prevent any chance of a swift break.


14′ David Silva cuts inside and his effort deflects behind, but the referee awards a goalkick.


10′ Mahrez finds Drinkwater, but his shot on the stretch is smothered by Hart to concede the corner. The corner comes to nothing.


10′ Silva’s delivery comes to nothing.


9′ Zabaleta wins a corner for the hosts.


7′ Jamie Vardy should make it two after he’s played onside, but Hart manages to smother, what a chance!


5′ Silva almost finds Sterling, but Schmeichel comes out to gather.


4′ Kanté surges forward for the Foxes but the move comes to nothing as he loses his footing.


2′ Goal: Mahrez’s delivery falls to Huth, whose deflected effort off Demichelis, flies past Hart to give the Foxes the lead.

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Robert Huth gives the Foxes the lead at the Etihad. Image from: Getty

1′ Leicester City start brightly and Riyad Mahrez wins a freekick just outside the penalty area after Kolarov brings him down.


0′ Kick Off


Team News:

Manchester City F.C.:  Joe Hart (GK), Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolás Otamendi, Martín Demichelis, Aleksandar Kolarov, Yaya Touré, Fernandinho, David Silva, Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero

Leicester City F.C.: Kasper Schmeichel (GK), Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kanté, Danny Drinkwater, Marc Albrighton, Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy’

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