WATCH & DOWNLOAD: Manchester City 2 – 1 Leicester City [Premier League] Highlights 2016/17
Riyad Mahrez had a strange punishment precluded as Manchester City survived a mixing Leicester City fightback to guarantee a 2-1 triumph and move above Liverpool into third place in the Premier League on Saturday.
In the wake of commanding before the interim the hosts were holding tight now and again in the second half and Mahrez had the opportunity to safeguard a merited point for last season’s champions.
In any case, his 77th-minute punishment, in spite of beating Willy Caballero, was accurately discounted after City’s players acknowledged Mahrez had slipped while striking the ball and unintentionally reached.
It was the second big chance for Pep Guardiola’s side whose opening objective, scored by David Silva following 29 minutes, angered Leicester’s players on the grounds that Raheem Sterling had all the earmarks of being offside when he swung a leg at the ball.
“The primary objective was offside,” Leicester guardian Kasper Schmeichel, who contended he was diverted by Sterling, revealed to Sky Sports. “He (Sterling) was obstructing my view. He’s in the six-yard box and he is meddling since I can’t see ball.”
There was most likely about City’s second in the 36th moment. Leroy Sane was sent sprawling in the territory by Yohan Benalouane and Gabriel Jesus let go the subsequent spot kick into the corner.
Leicester were back in the match four minutes before halftime however when Shinji Okazaki crushed an electrifying volley past Caballero from Marc Albrighton’s cross.
City, who shockingly left top scorer Sergio Aguero on the seat, were not sufficiently clinical before objective and Leicester turned out to be progressively unsafe in the second half.
Craig Shakespeare’s side looked set to level when Gael Clichy stumbled Mahrez in the region and official Robert Madley had no faltering in indicating the punishment spot.
However, Mahrez’s scraped exertion was accurately discounted as he kicked the ball against his standing leg and past Caballero.
Jamie Vardy additionally had a late possibility for Leicester who detected City’s anxiety, yet the hosts clung to remain on course for a main four complete with two diversions left.
They have 72 focuses while Liverpool, who additionally have two to play, have 70. Fifth-set Arsenal have 66 focuses however have three diversions staying, starting later away to Stoke City.
“Well done. It’s the first or second time I’ve seen that in my life,” Guardiola said. “We need to take care of our boots!
“We require one more amusement to be in the main four yet it’s in our grasp. West Brom will be intense however ideally we can be superior to today. Also, we go to Watford.”