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First Defeat In Seven Games For City

Leicester City’s unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday afternoon following Manchester City’s 2-0 Premier League win at King Power Stadium.
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Claude Puel made one change to the side that drew with Stoke City last time out, as birthday boy Marc Albrighton came in for Shinji Okazaki.

The Foxes made a lively start to the game and when Jamie Vardy was hauled down by Vincent Kompany, the Man City skipper looked like he would be sent off after just three minutes, but only received a yellow card.

On the 15-minute mark, Kompany came close to turning the ball into his own net. Riyad Mahrez glided past Fabian Delph and after delivering, the Algerian’s cross nearly crept in, only for Ederson to make a save.

After first holding onto a tame Kevin De Bruyne effort, Kasper Schmeichel pulled off an excellent stop at the front post to deny David Silva shortly after.

Silva sent an effort over just before the break and while the Foxes looked good value for a first half shutout, Gabriel Jesus struck on the stroke of half-time after being teed up by Silva.

The second period started as frantically as the first ended. Harry Maguire’s deflected strike hit the post but just 30 seconds later, the Citizens doubled their advantage.

Man City cleared their lines and surged forward, as German international Leroy Sane advanced down the left before finding De Bruyne, whose powerful effort flew into the top corner.

Silva and De Bruyne – two of the Citizens’ playmakers – sent efforts off target shortly after, while Schmeichel was on hand to punch away a Jesus shot with just under 20 minutes to play.

Puel introduced Okazaki, Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani inside the closing 10 minutes, but Pep Guardiola’s high-flying outfit retained possession well to nullify City’s forward line.

Major moment

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Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany

The Man City defender is shown a yellow card.

Vincent Kompany was incredibly fortunate to stay on the pitch after fouling Jamie Vardy with just three minutes on the clock.

The England international looked to be in on goal until Man City’s captain clipped his heels and while Leicester’s stars were adamant Kompany should have been shown a red card, he was not dismissed.

Also frustrating was the timing of the Citizens’ goals. Two strikes in the space of four minutes from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne ultimately meant the visiting side claimed all three points.

Who impressed?

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Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi put in a huge shift against Man City.

Facing up to a team of talented players that have this season now dropped only two Premier League points from a possible 36 was always going to be a difficult challenge.

Wilfred Ndidi headed into the game on a high after helping Nigeria complete a memorable comeback to beat Argentina in midweek and his performance against Manchester City reflected that positivity.

With Vicente Iborra playing a slightly more advanced role than Ndidi, the 20-year-old midfielder was tasked with shielding the back four and on numerous occasions found himself in the perfect position to block shots and intercept passes to break up play.  

Where do we stand?

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Vicente Iborra
Vicente Iborra

The Spaniard advances past Fernandinho on Filbert Way.

The Foxes remain 12th in the Premier League and sit just two points behind eight-placed Brighton & Hove Albion after 12 fixtures.

Coming up…

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Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez

City's No.26 brings the ball down in midfield.

City are back in action in just six days’ time as they head to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Friday evening (8pm kick-off).

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