Timothy Castagne

First Loss In Five For City

Leicester City were beaten 2-0 by Premier League leaders Manchester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday night.
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Manager Brendan Rodgers made one change to the team that beat Manchester United last month, with Daniel Amartey coming in for Çağlar Söyüncü, who was unavailable for selection after Turkey had a number of positive COVID-19 tests while he was away on international duty with his nation.

Prior to the match, members of the Leicester City family gathered at The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden to remember our beloved late Chairman ahead of what would have been his 63rd birthday on Sunday.

Shortly before kick-off, a beautifully-observed minute's applause took place in memory Frank Worthington, who sadly passed away on 22 March, while the Foxes wore black armbands to pay tribute to the former Leicester City star.

It looked as if Manchester City had taken the lead after only five minutes, however Fernandinho's long-range drive was disallowed after Sergio Agüero - stood in the eye line of Kasper Schmeichel - was deemed to be interfering with play in an offside position. 

The visiting side enjoyed plenty of possession in the first period, and tried to capitalise when Agüero volleyed over on 19 minutes and then Kevin De Bruyne fired a free-kick onto the crossbar just moments later, before Wesley Fofana blocked Rodri's goal-bound effort.

A brilliant stop from Schmeichel followed as he denied former Fox Riyad Mahrez with his legs just before the interval, and then De Bruyne and Jesus both had wayward strikes for Pep Guardiola's outfit.

In first-half stoppage time, City thought they had taken the lead when Jamie Vardy latched onto an Ayoze Pérez pass and rounded Ederson before slotting into an open net, however the goal was disallowed after the No.9 was adjudged to be offside.

After the break, it was Youri Tielemans who was first to muster up an opportunity, however his low, left-footed drive was saved by Ederson, before Rúben Dias did well to block another strike from Belgium international two minutes later after some good work from Iheanacho.

But for all of Leicester's defensive solidity, they fell behind just before the hour mark, when Benjamin Mendy picked up a loose ball and curled into the bottom corner to break the deadlock.

With 19 minutes of normal time remaining, Rodgers made a double substitution as James Maddison - making his first appearance since 21 February - and Ricardo Pereira were both introduced. 

However, just moments after that change, the Citizens doubled their advantage after Jesus prodded home Raheem Sterling's pass from six yards out.

Mahrez then bent an effort wide with 78 minutes on the clock, while at the other end, Maddison lifted over before having a second attempt held by Ederson after a neat phase of play from the Foxes.

But it was Man City who ran out 2-0 victors, as Leicester's three-game winning run came to an end.

Major moment

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

Youri Tielemans drives through the heart of midfield at King Power Stadium.

The Foxes were able to absorb much of Manchester City's pressure for large parts of the game, however when they were unable to clear their lines on 58 minutes, Benjamin Mendy was on hand to work the ball onto his right foot before converting into the bottom corner. 

A second from Gabriel Jesus made sure of the three points for the visiting side, who moved 17 points clear at the top of the table.

Who impressed?

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Timothy Castagne
Timothy Castagne

Belgium full-back Timothy Castagne gets tight to goalscorer Gabriel Jesus.

Speaking on Matchday Live, co-commentator Gerry Taggart said: “Timothy Castagne was my Man of the Match. I thought he defended well and going forward, he created a few opportunities which were few and far between. I thought him and Wesley Fofana stood out for me today. Timothy did all he could down this left-hand side to create problems for Man City. Marc Albrighton gets a mention as well, because his work-rate was excellent."

Where do we stand?

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Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho

The Nigeria international started from the off on Filbert Way.

Following City’s 30th outing of the 2020/21 Premier League season, they remain third in the table with 56 points. 

Coming up…

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Kelechi Iheanacho & James Maddison
Kelechi Iheanacho & James Maddison

James Maddison came off the bench to make his return from injury.

A trip to London Stadium to take on West Ham United in eight days’ time follows for the Foxes (2:05pm kick-off), before they face Southampton at Wembley Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals a week later (6:30pm kick-off).

All times BST.

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