Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday 6 February, 2016.
- Leicester City recorded a sensational 3-1 win at Manchester City on Saturday
- Robert Huth converted Riyad Mahrez’s free kick after just three minutes to give the Foxes a 1-0 lead
- Mahrez doubled City’s advantage with a stunning solo goal two minutes into the second period
- Huth nodded in Christian Fuchs’ corner to make it 3-0 on the hour mark
- Sergio Agüero pulled one back for Man City late on
- The Foxes are now six points clear of Man City
- Claudio Ranieri named an unchanged starting XI from the side that beat Liverpool 2-0 last weekend
Leicester City extended their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with an outstanding 3-1 win against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
With just three minutes gone, the Foxes were 1-0 up after Robert Huth converted Mahrez’s free kick at the front post.
Man City piled on the pressure and gained a foothold in the game for much of the first half, but after the break, Claudio Ranieri’s men doubled their advantage.
It was the excellent Mahrez who provided City’s second strike as the Algeria winger skipped past two defenders before firing home for 2-0.
And just 12 minutes later, Huth headed in a Christian Fuchs corner to make it 3-0 and while Agüero did pull one back for the hosts late on, the day belonged to Leicester.
Ranieri again named an unchanged starting XI as the City boss stuck with the same side that recorded a superb 2-0 victory over Liverpool last time out.
The Foxes knew only a defeat at Etihad Stadium would knock them off the Premier League’s summit, while a victory could take them at least five points clear of second place depending on Tottenham and Arsenal's results.
The clash between first and second brought with it quality in abundance as well as a record attendance at Etihad Stadium.
It took just three minutes for the Foxes to break the deadlock. Ranieri’s men started with real intent and were awarded a free kick to the right of the Man City box after Mahrez was brought down by Aleksandar Kolarov.
And it was defender Huth who was quickest to Mahrez’s free kick as he raced in front of Martin Demichelis to convert at the front post for his second goal of the season.
It could have been 2-0 five minutes later were it not for Citizens stopper Joe Hart, who denied fellow England international Vardy while one-on-one, before Nicolas Otamendi did well to prevent Shinji Okazaki’s follow-up with a fine challenge.
Hart was on hand again inside 10 minutes to turn Danny Drinkwater’s low cross from the right behind, while Huth’s stabbed attempt at the resulting corner was cleared comfortably.
The creative David Silva carved out the game’s next opportunity as he twisted and turned deep inside the City box, but saw his low attempt trickle just wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s upright.
The Foxes were excellent on the break and just inches separated Okazaki from Vardy’s brilliant low cross with 22 minutes gone.
Defending in numbers at the other end, City stood firm as a delicate chip from Raheem Sterling found Yaya Touré, who blasted over with his left foot as the game approached the half-hour mark.
Former Man City stopper Schmeichel then made a good low save shortly after as he got down well to collect Sergio Agüero’s drive.
Marc Albrighton curled an effort into Hart’s palms on 36 minutes after shifting the ball onto his right foot, before Kolarov’s blast brought to an end an entertaining first half.
Man City had plenty of possession early in the second period, but the Foxes were superb on the counter attack and doubled their lead thanks to an excellent solo effort from Mahrez.
The Algeria magician, lifted the ball over Otamendi and pulled off a step over to slip past Demichelis before hammering in with his right foot just two minutes into the second half.
Man City looked for a way back into the game and it was substitute Fernando who came closest on 54 minutes, only to be denied by a stunning Schmeichel stop on the line.
Sterling then did well to pinch the ball off Kanté two minutes later, but the former Liverpool forward couldn’t direct his effort on target and sliced harmlessly wide.
For all of Man City’s possession, it was Leicester who were the more clinical of the two sides and found themselves 3-0 up after an hour.
Austria international Fuchs whipped in a pin-point corner to find Huth, who nodded back across goal to beat Hart and send the Blue Army into ecstatic celebration.
Captain Wes Morgan did brilliantly to block Fernando’s low drive shortly after, before Hart again stood in the way of Vardy, who saw his shot saved by the chest of the shot stopper.
Agüero then had two efforts blocked, the second of which deflected straight into the hands of Schmeichel, while Vardy hit the side netting from a difficult angle with nine minutes to play.
The in-form Agüero did pull one back for City with two minutes left and nearly grabbed a second if it were not for the pressure of Schmeichel, but Leicester stood firm in the dying stages to record perhaps their most impressive win of the campaign.
The Foxes are now six points clear of Manchester City and could be as many as eight above Arsenal ahead of Sunday 14 February’s encounter with the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.
MAN CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov, Touré (c) (Fernando (52), Fernandinho, Silva (Celina 77), Delph (Iheanacho 52), Sterling, Agüero
SUBS NOT USED: Caballero, Clichy, Sagna, A. Garcia
GOAL: Agüero 88
CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton (Dyer 86), Mahrez (Gray 77), Okazaki (Ulloa 81), Vardy
SUBS NOT USED: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Chilwell, King
GOALS: Huth 3, 60, Mahrez 48
ATTENDANCE: 54,693 (3,092 away)
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor