Manchester - Robert Huth scored twice as Leicester City produced an astonishing demonstration of their Premier League title credentials by winning 3-1 at closest rivals Manchester City on Saturday.
As it happened: Manchester City v Leicester City
Huth broke the
deadlock in the third minute from a Riyad Mahrez free-kick and after
Mahrez had netted a brilliant solo goal early in the first half, the
German centre-back headed in his second goal from a corner on the hour.
Aguero replied for City with a glancing header in the 87th minute -
his seventh goal in five games - but a rain-lashed day at the Etihad
Stadium belonged to Leicester.
It was the most sensational win to
date of their fairytale 12-month rise from the bottom to the top of the
table and left Claudio Ranieri's side six points clear of second-place
Tottenham Hotspur, who host Watford later on Saturday, and
Arsenal, who visit Bournemouth on Sunday, are both two points further
Leicester have now won three league games in a row and
remain on course for the most improbable English title triumph since
promoted Nottingham Forest won the league in 1977-78.
playing at home for the first time since Pep Guardiola was announced as
the successor to manager Manuel Pellegrini, have now lost six league
games this season - as many as when they last won the league in 2014.
this stunning result, any doubts about Leicester's ability to pull off
the most unlikely title victory in Premier League history were removed
once and for all.
Furthermore, the four-goal swing in goal
difference meant that as well as a six-point lead over City, Leicester's
goal difference of +20 is now just one goal worse than their chief
Most had predicted an exciting meeting between two sides
who believe that attack is the best form of defence and the opening
three minutes did not disappoint.
Leicester shot into the lead in
dramatic fashion from a free-kick conceded when Aleksandar Kolarov
felled Mahrez, who took the set-piece himself.
much jockeying for position in the area, City did a poor job of marking
and Huth was able to ghost ahead of Martin Demichelis, scoring from six
yards with a shot that deflected in off the unfortunate home defender.
goal allowed Leicester to play on the counter-attack -- their preferred
modus operandi -- and City mustered just one shot on target in the
first half, with Kasper Schmeichel smothering a shot from Aguero.
goalkeeper Joe Hart had to rush out and save from Jamie Vardy and Danny
Drinkwater, but Leicester continued to probe and three minutes into the
second half they doubled their lead.
N'Golo Kante won the ball
inside his own half and advanced before finding Mahrez, who neatly
evaded Pablo Zabaleta's vain sliding effort to intercept.
was still much for Leicester's in-form winger to do, but he did it,
outfoxing Demichelis with a step-over and rifling an unstoppable
right-foot shot past Hart from 15 yards.
It was a stunning development and one which prompted Pellegrini to throw on Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho.
changes almost brought instant results as Fernando headed a David Silva
corner goalwards, only to see ex-City goalkeeper Schmeichel brilliantly
claw his effort off the line.
City's recovery was short-lived,
however, and Huth punished them for yet more slack defending from
Leicester's next attack, a 60th-minute corner won after good work and
dogged persistence by Vardy.
Christian Fuchs swung over a
left-wing corner and Huth rose high above the static Demichelis to send a
perfect header soaring into Hart's top-right corner.
prevented his England colleague Vardy from making it 4-0, but although
Aguero reduced the arrears, nothing could overshadow Leicester's