Full-time: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City

  • Leaders Leicester go six points clear at the top of the Premier League after a fantastic win over their nearest challengers at the Etihad Stadium
  • Robert Huth struck a brace, while Riyad Mahrez notched his 15th goal of the season with a terrific second-half finish
  • Sergio Aguero netted a late consolation for the hosts, who had previously won seven of their last eight home matches
Robert Huth
Robert Huth netted a brace as Leicester opened up a six-point gap at the summit of the Premier League AFP

Well, it's safe to say that certainly lived up to the pre-match hype. Leicester's fairytale season continues and they move one win closer to what would surely be considered as one of the greatest title shocks that English football has seen in decades. A long way to go yet, however.

That is all for this particular blog, but our coverage of the Premier League continues throughout the afternoon with live updates from Tottenham vs Watford and Liverpool's clash with Sunderland in addition to the other four 15.00 GMT kick-offs.



Manchester City 1-3 Leicester


City rally in stoppage time but they just cannot force a second. The final whistle sounds...


Needlessly nervous stuff from the leaders as a panicky sequence deep in their own half ends with a woeful back-pass from Simpson towards Schmeichel.

Aguero seizes possession in the penalty area and looks to round Hart before firing into the side netting. He really ought to have looked for a pass there.


Surely nothing more than a consolation goal for City as Aguero takes his tally for the season to 14 by expertly glancing Otamendi's cross from the right beyond Hart. Questions of offside there, although it certainly looked tight with Fuchs sitting slightly deeper than his Leicester colleagues.

Four minutes of stoppage time to play.


Goal: Manchester City 1-3 Leicester (Sergio Aguero)


A final change from Leicester sees Nathan Dyer replace Albrighton.


A couple of potshots from Aguero, but the first is blocked and the second is straight at Schmeichel.

Ranieri has made his first two changes of the match, replacing Mahrez with January signing Demarai Gray. Leonardo Ulloa is also on for Okazaki, while City introduce 19-year-old midfielder Bersant Celina at the expense of Silva.

Less than 10 minutes remaining now.


Leicester are still doing all the running as Fuchs receives possession from a short corner and crosses to the near post, where Vardy produces a glancing header that drifts across the face of goal and wide.

Fernando petulantly collects a caution for preventing a free-kick from being taken quickly.


Leicester are rampant as Drinkwater releases Vardy in behind Demichelis with an exquisite lofted pass. The England forward takes a touch but Hart races out to prevent his side conceding a fourth goal.

Zabaleta becomes the first City player yellow carded after tripping Okazaki.


Unbelievably, Leicester strike yet again as Vardy shows great pace to flick the ball beyond Zabaleta before firing a low pass towards Okazaki that is turned behind by a good challenge from Demichelis.

From the resulting corner, Fuchs produces a looping delivery that Huth, climbing above Demichelis with Morgan in close proximity, heads up and beyond Hart into the top corner.

What is happening?!


Goal: Manchester City 0-3 Leicester (Robert Huth)


Fernandinho went close with a header before that double change and Okazaki forced Hart into a save after a pinpoint cross from Drinkwater.

Schmeichel has also shown tremendous reflexes to deny Fernando from almost point-blank range after the substitute tried to head towards goal but saw the ball deflect off his shoulder.

If he had made proper contact, that would surely have been 2-1.


City react decisively to that second setback as Pellegrini sends on Fernando and Iheanacho in place of Toure and Delph.


Just as they did in the first half, Leicester strike early and it's simply magical from Mahrez for his 15th goal of the season.

With City pushing for an equaliser, the visitors break quickly through the tireless N'Golo Kante and the French midfielder powers forward before finding Mahrez. The latter then skips over an ill-advised sliding challenge from Otamendi before selling a step over and cutting inside past Demichelis before rifling an effort towards the near post that beats Hart all ends up.


Goal: Manchester City 0-2 Leicester (Riyad Mahrez)


A second defensive caution for the Foxes, with Simpson booked for hauling down Sterling as he looked to break down the left flank.


We are back underway in Manchester. No changes from either manager at the break.

Can Leicester hold on to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League?


After causing plenty of problems and edging in front during a breathless opening, Leicester have dug in towards the end of that first half and you feel it will take something special from City to break down their dogged resistance and avoid getting hit by the likes of Mahrez and Vardy on the counter.

Huth has been colossal for the visitors at both ends, although his goal may yet be attributed to Demichelis. City might have had two penalties on a different day, but Fuchs's challenge on Zabaleta was deemed to have taken place just outside the area and Albrighton was not punished for a slight barge on Fernandinho.



Manchester City 0-1 Leicester


Leicester maintain their resolute defensive discipline to half-time as Sterling forces yet another corner that comes to nothing. That will do it for now.


Schmeichel punches clear a corner but it's great play from Aguero to keep the attack alive and play a dangerous low ball across the face of the six-yard box.

Fortunately for Leicester, there are no sky blue shirts there to meet it and they eventually survive as Kolarov fires a left-footed shot wide from a tricky angle.


Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.


We've had a bit of a delay towards the end of the first 45 as a groggy Fernandinho receives treatment following a blow to the head.

An incisive passing move then ends with Kolarov's ball being deflected behind.