Manchester City Edge Leicester City In A Nine-Goal Thriller To Remain Top Of The Table. Manchester City sealed the Premier League top tier on Boxing Day, defeating Leicester City in a nine-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium. After the Foxes failed to complete their lines, Kevin de Bruyne scored the first goal for the hosts on five minutes with a beautiful effort into the far corner.
After VAR recognized Youri Tielemans’ foul on Aymeric Laporte, City were granted a penalty seven minutes later, allowing former Leicester player Riyah Marhez to smother the spot-kick. The third goal came in the 21st minute as Kasper Schmeichel could only deflect Joao Cancelo’s cross into the path of Ilkay Gundogan.
Three minutes later, City were handed their second penalty of the game after Tielemans brought down Raheem Sterling, who ramped up and despatched from 12 yards.
Following a dismal first half, Leicester equalized 10 minutes into the second half when James Maddison rounded Ederson and slotted into an empty net following a superb counter-attack.
FULL-TIME Man City 6-3 Leicester
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Three minutes later, former Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho sent in Ademola Lookman, who blasted into the bottom corner to cut the lead to one.
Leicester’s third goal came on 65 minutes, when Inheanacho responded first to Ederson countering Maddison’s attempt and blasted into the back of the net.
Ruben Dias, though, eased the jitters with 20 minutes remaining by restored City’s two-goal advantage with a thunderous header from a corner.
Leicester’s dreams of a revival were shattered in the 87th minute, when Sterling scored his second and City’s sixth goal with a close-range finish following superb work by Ruben Dias.