Leicester 0-1 Manchester City: Bernardo Silva on target to secure visitors hard-fought three points at the King Power and keep them in touch with top spot… as the champions make it three wins in a row
- Manchester City claimed a hard-fought victory at Leicester City to remain in touch with the top of the table
- Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the game on 62 minutes after a rebound fell kindly for the midfielder
- Gabriel Jesus tested Kasper Schmeichel in the first half as City pushed forward to break the deadlock early on
- Leicester believed they took the lead before Silva’s strike, but Jamie Vardy’s finish was chalked off for offside
- The result means that City sit in second spot in the Premier League, one point off rivals Manchester United
Bernardo Silva settled an exciting encounter at The King Power Stadium to end a disappointing run away run from The Etihad for Manchester City.
Silva pounced after 62 minutes when Joao Cancelo’s shot deflected off Caglar Soyuncu into the Portuguese international’s path.
It was City’s first win after four consecutive defeats on their travels that included the Champions League final and Community Shield at Wembley, also against Leicester.
Champions Manchester City picked up a crucial win at Leicester City to remain in touch with the top of the Premier League
Bernardo Silva netted the only goal of the game at the King Power, having tucked in at the near post after a rebound fell to him
Silva wheeled away behind the goal in celebration, with City now one point behind current leaders, rivals Manchester United
Though The Foxes could point to a disallowed Jamie Vardy goal and Harvey Barnes header that hit the crossbar, the visitors would have won by a greater margin without seven fine saves from Kasper Schmeichel.
And Brendan Rodgers may now regret taking off the excellent Jannik Vestergaard after 61 minutes – just a minute before the only goal was scored.
Pep Guardiola celebrated the news that he could pick Brazilians Ederson and Gabriel Jesus by naming an unchanged side from the 5-0 romp against Arsenal before the international break.
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel 8: Castagne 6, Soyuncu 5.5, Vestergaard 8 (Evans 61 6), Bertrand 6; Ndidi 6.5, Tielemans 6.5; Albrighton 7, Maddison 6 (Iheanacho 6.5), Barnes 7 (Lookman 73 5.5); Vardy 6
Subs not used: Ward, Amartey, Pereira, Dewsbury-Hall, Daka, Soumare
Manager: Brendan Rodgers
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson 6: Walker 8, Dias 7, Laporte 6, Cancelo 7; Bernardo 8.5, Rodri 6, Gundogan 6.5; Jesus 6 (Fernandinho 84), Torres 6.5 (Sterling 64 6), Grealish 7
Subs not used: Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Carson, Foden
Goals: Silva 62
Booked: Rodri, Laporte
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Referee: Paul Tierney 6.5
City toasted the goal in front of their own supporters, having broken down a stubborn Leicester backline to take three points
Leicester pushed forward late on in search of an equaliser, but goalkeeper Ederson had rushed out to deny Ademola Lookman
Rodgers in his 250th Premier League game as a manager gave summer signing Ryan Bertrand a Premier League debut for The Foxes and fellow Southampton old boy Vestergaard his first league start.
Manchester City started as brightly as their crisp white shirts with Jack Grealish looking dangerous on the left.
The visitors forced three corners in the opening four minutes, then Schmeichel made a good reflex stop to keep out Jesus’ header, From the rebound Bernardo Silva twice had digs at goal heroically blocked by Vestergaard.
Almost immediately, Guardiola had his own defensive saviour at the other end.
Ederson narrowed the angle and Lookman could only fire straight at the stopper, missing the chance to draw the hosts level
Jamie Vardy and Leicester briefly believed they had taken the lead, but the striker’s finish was ruled out by the linesman’s flag
The home crowd were left frustrated and crestfallen after the decision, and City went on to then score just minutes later
Vardy led a counter-attack charge that is Leicester’s speciality and from his low cross, Walker brilliantly intercepted as Barnes raced in. James Maddison squared the loose ball for Wilfried Ndidi to shoot goalwards from 18 yards and it was Walker again who stuck out a leg to block.
Barnes caught the onrushing Ederson in the move and the goalkeeper needed to stuff cotton wool into his mouth so he could continue with a cut mouth.
Leicester had upset the champions 1-0 at Wembley last month and there was no inferiority complex with Barnes against Walker proving a fascinating tussle.
The visitors still controlled the ball however. A miscue by Youri Tielemans gave Bernardo the chance to test Schmeichel. Grealish then attempted a Cantona-style chip that dropped just the wrong side of the post.
Jack Grealish started once again for City and had proved a thorn in Leicester’s side with another eye-catching performance
Aymeric Laporte was shown a yellow card for City in the first half, but the visitors defended resolutely to see out the result
A well-worked free-kick routine had Ilkay Gundogan drag a pass to Grealish on the edge of the box but the £100million man again narrowly failed to find the target.
Rodri went into the book for catching Tielemans in the follow through from winning a tackle. Grealish then fed Ferran Torres whose quick turn and shot was held by Schmeichel.
Despite the lack of an opening goal, the tempo was fast and the atmosphere crackling. Aymeric Laporte went into the book for clumping Vardy in the back of the head as the striker tried to control.
One piece of last-ditch defending by Vestergaard to deny Torres at the end of the first half brought Rodgers to the edge of his technical area, applauding with his hands above his head. Schmeichel also had to make his fifth good save, this time with his knees, to stop Jesus.
Jannik Vestergaard nodded over the crossbar with Leicester looking to dominate their opponents in the air on set pieces
Ederson was called into action to deny Leicester a goal, with Kyle Walker also desperately sliding in in a penalty area scramble
Keeper Ederson briefly required treatment after taking a hefty blow, but was able to play on and went on to keep a clean sheet
Leicester came out for the second half firing with Vardy bursting down the right and dinking the ball towards Barnes at the far post.
His header beat Ederson but bounced off the top of the crossbar to safety. Vardy rounded Ederson to slot in after 49 minutes but was given marginally offside as he ran onto Wilfried Ndidi’s pass, VAR confirming the linesman’s decision.
Vestergaard was given a standing ovation as he left the field after an hour to give Jonny Evans the chance to sample his first action of the season following injury.
But the substitution backfired and Evans had only been on the field a minute when the visitors took the lead.
James Maddison tried to twist beyond the attentions of Ilkay Gundogan in midfield, but City marshalled the hosts expertly
Silva had gone down inside the Leicester penalty area during the clash under the attentions of winger Marc Albrighton (right)
Grealish provided an outlet on the left and when he laid back for Cancelo to shoot from the edge of the box, the ball squirted off Soyuncu’s heel for Bernardo to fire into the roof of the net from close range.
Guardiola immediately sent on Raheem Sterling for Torres to try and hammer home the advantage. He was the last player the Leicester defenders wanted to see.
Manchester City appealed for a penalty when Gundogan’s shot struck Soyuncu and Schmeichel had to tip over a Walker shot as the visitors sought to kill the game off.
Rodgers sent on striker Kelechi Iheanacho to try and salvage a draw against his former club with Ademola Lookman, signed from Leipzig on deadline day, also joining the fray for his debut.
Pep Guardiola dropped to his haunches during the clash with City initially struggling to find the opener before Silva struck
Jesus, Ferran Torres and Gundogan spoke during the game, and City eventually carved out the chance for Silva to sweep in
Soyuncu, sent off for Turkey during the international break, got a yellow card when his hefty challenge on Grealish ended up with him putting his hand in the England player’s face.
Once Grealish had recovered, Leicester nearly grabbed an equaliser. Their two substitutes combined with Iheanacho releasing Lookman but his finish was smothered by the onrushing Ederson.
Grealish could have wrapped up the points late on when he was denied by Schmeichel’s boot late on but in the end the champions only needed to score once to win.
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