Manchester City beat Leicester City in an exciting and high scoring clash at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing day of the Match-week 19 of the Premier League.
Manchester City looked on top of their game since the start. It took City only four minutes to break the deadlock in the game. Kevin De Bruyne scored from a Fernandinho clipped pass. James Maddison came really close to levelling the proceeding via a free kick.
The Cityzens were awarded with a penalty in the 14th minute and Riyad Mahrez stepped up to score against his former club. Ilkay Gundogan scored the third goal for Manchester City in the 21st minute. Youri Tielemans conceded his second penalty of the game with his challenge on Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling converted the penalty he won and City were 4-0 up within 25 minutes of the clash.
Leicester City did bring the game back to life in the second half. James Maddison scored the first game for Leicester City in the 55th minute. Just four minutes later Ademola Lookman scored the second goal. Iheanacho scored the third goal for Leicester, making the game 3-4.
But the foxes hope to recuse something from the game was short-lived. Laporte scored the fifth goal for City from a Mahrez corner in the 69th minute. Raheem Sterling scored his second goal of the game from a Ruben Dias header from a corner in the 87th minute.
Manchester City Player Ratings vs Leicester City
Ederson – 7
Despite concerning three goals in the second half. Ederson did make five saves in the game to keep the Leicester score-line at only three.
Joao Cancelo – 6
A much quieter evening by his standards. The right-back had a good clash going on against Ademola Lookman.
Ruben Dias – 6
The Portuguese Centre-back grabbed an assist but also looked a bit sloppy at the back.
Aymeric Laporte – 7
Laporte won the penalty for City’s second goal. Most importantly he scored the 5th goal to put an end to the foxes comeback.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6
Zinchenko played some long balls and linked-up play very well. But was also caught on possession a couple of times.
Fernandinho – 7
The holding midfielder assisted Kevin De Bruyne for the first goal. He was essential in the build-up play for City.
Bernardo Silva – 6
Just like Cancelo, a quieter evening by his standards. But his neat first touch and dribbling caused massive problems to the Leicester defense.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
Scored from an easy tap-in for the 3rd City goal. He dominated in the middle of the park with his control and passing.
Riyad Mahrez – 7
Mahrez scored a penalty and most importantly assisted the 5th goal for City to end the foxes’ comeback.
Raheem Sterling – 9
Sterling looks like he has found his form again. He scored two goals and was a constant threat down the left flank.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
He grabbed the first goal of the clash and also crated three chances for his teammates.
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