City 3 Leicester 1
Dec 21st 2019 att.54,415
A very special win for City taking them that little bit nearer to Liverpool. It was an excellent game and City were easily the better side against second placed Leicester City. City were at their best with De Bruyne and Mahrez the days stars. City have now won 250 Premier League games in the last 10 years. It was not the best of starts for City as the ever dangerous Vardy outpaced Fernandinho and chipped the ball over Ederson to give the visitors a surprise lead. However Mahrez playing against his old club managed to fire one past Kasper Schmeichel via a deflection to equal the scores and then Sterling was brought down in the penalty area just before half time. Apparently since his debut in the Premier League Sterling has won more penalties - 17 - than anyone! Gundogan scored from the spot and City were ahead at the break. Kevin then set Jesus up for the third. De Bruyne was at his best some of his passing being amazing. Mahrez too had one of his best games for City cracking in 10 shots. It was interesting to see Benardo Silva playing more in mid-field than normal and he did quite well. Mendy too has improved and had one of his better games. Ederson did not have much to do but we do have to watch out for counter attacks we get.
City made 2 changes from the win at Arsenal - Benardo coming in for Rodri and Mahrez for Foden
As expected Leicester brought lots of fans
Oh dear! That hurt -Tielemans is down
A shot from Mahrez is about to be saved
A lucky escape for Leicester
Leicester manage to clear a City attack
Kasper saves from Jesus
Rodolfo Borrell takes over number two spot on the bench
The sniper in action once more this time it's Perez down
Mahrez gets a few tips from Pep
On 22 minutes Vardy out runs Fernandinho .......
....and chips the ball over the head of Ederson into the empty net -disaster - one nil for the visitors
Not the start we had hoped for as the visitors celebrate
Jesus is brought down
Leicester clear the free kick
Kasper S has to save from Sterling
Vardy has another chance but shoots over thank goodness
Mahrez has a shot deflected
The corner is only half cleared and Mahrez has a shot at goal.....
...which is deflected by Soyuncu past Schmeichel and into the goal
We are level at last and time to celebrate
kevin is brought down by Soyuncu and is booked
The free kick taken by Mahrez goes over the bar
Sterling is a bit outnumbered!
A shot from De Bruyne is saved
Just before the interval Pereira brings down Sterling and by a miracle referee Dean gives us a penalty!
Gundogan scores from the spot and the South Stand gives him a cheer!
Ederson saves from Maddison
The trophies on view at half time
De Bruyne is fouled by Ndidi who is booked
The Foxes clear the free kick
Otamendi heads clear
Mahrez has a shot saved
Surely this must be another goal as Kevin breaks
Somehow Leicester manage to clear the situation
At the other end Barnes misses a good chance
Yet another shot from Mahrez is saved
On 69 minutes De Bruyne breaks yet again down the right wing and crosses to Jesus who nets his first home goal this season
Yet another assist by Kevin as City go three one up -game over - I hope!
Benardo gets a 'Pep' talk!
Another City corner is cleared
A shot by De Bruyne is tipped over by Kasper S
Mahrez has a shot blocked
Jesus has a shot saved
Aguero is back on after a months absence for a few minutes
The two managers say goodbye after a great game
Ederson 7: Walker 7, Otamendi 7, Fernandinho 7, Mendy 7: Gundogan 7.5 (Rodrigo), Benardo 7.5:
Mahrez 8.5, De Bruyne 9 (Aguero) , Sterling 7.5 (Foden) , Jesus 7
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