Manchester City moved back up to third in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

By Associated Press
May 13, 2017

Manchester City moved back up to third in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

David Silva's scuffed finish gave the home side the lead on the half-hour mark, then Gabriel Jesus doubled the advantage from the penalty spot seven minutes later.

Shinji Okazaki's super volley put the Foxes back in contention, and Riyad Mahrez could have secured a point for the visitors late on, but he bizarrely struck against his standing foot from the spot.

Pep Guardiola's side had the first opening of the game when Fernandinho ghosted into the box unmarked but headed wide from six yards out from a Leroy Sane corner kick. In almost identical circumstances at the other end of the pitch, Onyinye Ndidi did the same as both teams struggled to get to grips with defending set pieces.

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But it was the hosts who took the lead when Sane cut back for Silva, and his scuffed shot squirmed into the far bottom corner. Leicester weren't happy with the awarding of the goal, believing Raheem Sterling - in an offside position inside the six-yard box - had interfered with play.

It looked like Craig Shakespeare's men were in for a thoroughly miserable outing when Yohan Benalouane fouled Sane in the box on 36 minutes, with Jesus sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way from 12 yards.

But Leicester hit back before the interval, with Okazaki showing fantastic technique to volley in a Marc Albrighton cross acrobatically from the penalty spot on 42 minutes.

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And it was the visitors who impressed after the interval as they looked to surprise the odds. Albrighton could have equalised but got bad contact on a Jamie Vardy cross five minutes into the second half, before Leicester had a real opportunity to draw level.

Gael Clichy fell for Mahrez's trickery at the edge of the Manchester City area, bringing the Algerian down and conceding a penalty. Mahrez stepped up to take it himself, but slipped as he did so, striking the ball against his standing foot although it ended up in the back of the net anyway. Eagle-eyed referee Bobby Madley spotted the trip, disallowing the goal and awarding a free-kick to a relieved hosts.

Manchester City held on to boost their hopes of Champions League qualification.

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