Manchester City were playing their first home game in the Championship against Leicester City, who after two successes in as many games, had a real test against a formidable team. A necessarily special match for a certain Riyad Mahrez, revealed to the general public in 2016 by helping the Foxes to win their memorable and only title in the English elite. It was also the Algerian international who opened the scoring in the 4th minute. Everything started from a corner kicked by the home fireworks of the Citizens Kevin De Bruyne, James Justin was pushing back in the direction of a Riyad Mahrez who armed a recovery without control of the right (his weak foot) and cleaned the opposite window. The match was on and Leicester would take a good half hour to recover. Fueled by Barnes to the left of the Manchester City area, Kyle Walker hooked Jamie Vardy got an obvious penalty and did himself justice with a powerful shot that deceived Ederson. 1-1 was the score at rest. Leicester materialized on one of his first opportunities, despite a big domination of the premises.
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But to dominate is not to win. And that, Manchester City would painfully discover in the second half. From the 54th minute, Vardy, again, would double the bet after a service from Youri Tielemans, for Timothy Castagne whose low service allowed the Foxes striker to get ahead of Eric Garcia and score the goal of 2-0 thanks to a heel. We found the Garcia-Vardy couple in the Citizens’ area shortly before the hour mark. The defender hooking the attacker to cause a new penalty, again transformed by Vardy, who offered himself a hat-trick. City retorted in the 64th minute. On a cross signed Benjamin Mendy, Liam Delap climbed high and his skull stroke ended its trajectory on the crossbar of Kasper Schmeichel. But it was far from over. James Maddison’s strike 13 minutes from time would see Leicester lead 4-1 before Nathan Aké reduced the score with 5 minutes remaining. But at the very end of the game, the Foxes obtained a new penalty, this time transformed by Tielemans. 5-2, final score. Pep Guardiola, who railed against the schedule and the insufficient preparation of his men before the meeting, will certainly not lose heart at a press conference.