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Posted Sat 13 Dec 14 at 17:30 PM

Report: Leicester City 0 Man City 1

Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League game between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday 13 December.

- Frank Lampard opened the scoring after slotting in Samir Nasri’s pass on 40 minutes.
- Esteban Cambiasso curled a 35-yard free kick just wide in the first half.
- Jamie Vardy has a penalty appeal waved away on the hour mark after going down under a challenge from Eliaquim Mangala.
- Substitute Leonardo Ulloa lifts an effort over the bar in the dying stages.
- Nigel Pearson made four changes to the starting XI that lost 2-1 to Aston Villa last weekend.
- Ben Hamer replaced the injured Kasper Schmeichel while captain Wes Morgan returned from his one-match suspension in place of Liam Moore.


Leicester City lost their third Barclays Premier League fixture of the campaign at King Power Stadium as title-chasing Manchester City beat the Foxes 1-0 on Saturday.

A first half strike from midfielder Frank Lampard was enough to seal all three points for the visitors despite a handful of chances for the hosts.

Manager Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Aston Villa on Sunday as Ben Hamer made his second Premier League start for the Foxes in place of the injured Kasper Schmeichel.

Captain Wes Morgan returned to the line-up following his one-match suspension for his red card against Liverpool in place of Liam Moore while Andy King and Danny Drinkwater came in for Matty James and Leonardo Ulloa.

Dean Hammond also returned to the bench following his calf problem while there was a space among the substitutes for young Development Squad goalkeeper Adam Smith.

The current Premier League champions also welcomed back their captain, as Vincent Kompany recovered from his hamstring problem, while Jose Angel Pozo lead the visitors’ frontline in place of Edin Dzeko, who was scheduled to start but picked up an injury in the pre-match warm-up.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were looking to make it five top flight wins in a row while a win for Leicester could have moved them off the foot of the league.

Full of pace upfront, it was the blistering speed of Jamie Vardy that first exposed the visitors’ defence. The City striker burst down the right flank past Bacary Sagna before playing the ball in the direction of Jeffrey Schlupp, but Kompany stood in the way and cleared his lines with four minutes gone.

Vardy then produced a superb turn after receiving a pass from Paul Konchesky, but defender Eliaquim Mangala did well to stop the forward and put the ball behind for a corner.

Esteban Cambiasso then had an effort at goal, slicing his half-volley over the bar from Mangala’s loose clearance with 10 minutes gone.

And the French international was on hand to deny the Foxes again just moments later, blocking Vardy’s low drive deep in the opposition penalty box.

A well-worked free kick between Samir Nasri and Fernando eventually found Yaya Toure on the edge of the area – the Ivorian’s powerful drive stopped by right-back Danny Simpson.

At the other end, Cambiasso curled left-footed 35-yard free kick at the opposition goal on 22 minutes as Joe Hart got down low to see the ball fly just inches past his upright.

Man City forced Hamer into his first notable save on the half-hour mark. David Silva delivered a free kick which Hamer could only punch out to Pozo on the edge of the box.

The young forward, who played against City’s Under-21s in late October, fired an effort straight at the City 'keeper, who collected under pressure.

The Manchester club looked for an opening goal shortly after as Toure hit a low shot from inside the 18-yard box – Hamer again wise to it, getting down well and beating the ball away with his palms.

A swift break from the visitors saw the deadlock broken shortly before half-time. Nasri collected the ball on the left wing and squared it to Lampard, who slotted under Hamer from close-range for his 175th Premier League strike.

Toure mustered up a final effort of the half, poking a shot from range that trickled harmlessly wide of the City goal – 1-0 to the Citizens at the break.

An early chance fell to Leicester after the break, as Riyad Mahrez’s free kick had to be scrambled away by Hart's back four two minutes into the second period.

Silva then sliced his effort wide from Nasri’s pass while a penalty shout for City at the other end for Mangala’s challenge on Vardy was waved away on the hour mark.

Substitute Nick Powell then forced Hart into coming off his line to clear a through-ball as the hosts pushed for an equaliser.

Mahrez cut across the opposition box and fed the ball to substitute Ulloa, whose turn and shot was blocked by Mangala with 10 minutes to go.

Toure hammered an effort high and wide of Hamer’s bar with 84 minutes on the clock while substitute Anthony Knockaert’s free kick was blocked by the Citizens’ wall a minute later.

Nasri looked to double his side’s lead with time running out as the Frenchman drilled a low shot which Hamer smothered.

Morgan’s knockdown for Ulloa saw the Argentine lift his effort over the bar as City piled on the pressure in injury time.

But the visitors stood strong, and Pearson’s men couldn’t break down the opposition defence. City travel to high-flying West Ham United next Saturday as the busy festive period continues.

CITY: Hamer, Konchesky, Drinkwater (Knockaert 79), Morgan (c), Vardy (Powell 72), King, Schlupp (Ulloa 64), Simpson, Cambiasso, Mahrez, Wasilewski

SUBS NOT USED: Hammond, James, Moore, Smith

MAN CITY: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (c) (Demichelis 77), Fernando, Nasri, Lampard (Milner 60), Mangala, Silva, Clichy, Toure, Pozo (Navas 73)

SUBS NOT USED: Kolarov, Caballero, Fernandinho

GOAL: Lampard 40

ATTENDANCE: 31,643 (3,287 away)

REFEREE: Jonathan Moss
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