Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City (February 2016)

Goalscorers: Robert Huth 3, 60, Riyad Mahrez 48, Sergio Aguero 87


Manchester City: Joe Hart, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (Fernando 52), David Silva (Bersant Celina 77), Fabian Delph (Kelechi Iheanacho 52), Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante, Marc Albrighton (Nathan Dyer 86), Riyad Mahrez (Demarai Gray 77), Shinji Okazaki (Leonardo Ulloa 81), Jamie Vardy

Referee: Anthony Taylor, Attendance: 54,693

This meeting in February 2016 was between the top two in the Premier League. Many expected Manchester City to be there at this stage of the season but no-one apart from the most ardent of Leicester City supporters could have imagine their team to be top of the table and travelling to The Etihad Stadium with the opportunity to really stake their title challenge. Was this where the 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season going to fold or grow even stronger.

We got our first answer inside of three minutes. The dangerous Riyad Mahrez drew an early free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov. The Algerian played the resultant set-piece into the penalty area and it was dispatched by centre-back Robert Huth for his second goal of the season. It was a dream start for the Foxes and their travelling contingent.

Despite enjoying 66% of possession and having 22 shots on-goal, Manchester City looked a pale shadow of the side that were expected to win the title. Earlier in the week, Manuel Pellegrini had confirmed to the media that he was leaving at the end of the season and being replaced by the current boss of Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola. Whether it was having an effect on his players, it clearly seemed to drive Leicester towards herculean efforts. N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater completed bossed the midfield battle. Yaya Toure, formerly a gladiator in this department, was substituted for Fernando in the 52nd minute after being completely outplayed by the Leicester duo.

By this point, the fearless Foxes were 2-0 up through a combination of woeful defending and tremendous individual skill from the brilliant Mahrez. Set-up by the equally influential Kante, Mahrez skipped past Nicolas Otamendi’s half-hearted tackle, cut inside a cautious Martin Demichelis, then lashed a fantastic strike past Joe Hart. It was his 14th Premier League goal of the season and the most pivotal moment of the season. Now, everyone was starting to believe that this miracle could well happen.

Huth was enjoying a brilliant afternoon of his own. From another set-piece on the hour mark, his looping header beat a stranded Hart to make the scoreline a sensational 3-0. Claudio Ranieri’s side fully deserved their lead. They had stunned the whole of English football already, now they were shocking it to its core.

Sergio Aguero did grab a late consolation with three minutes left with a glancing header from substitute Bersant Celina’s cross but it was only a footnote in what was a stunning display by the visitors. Leicester became title favourites with the bookmakers after this result and they lost just one more match on their way to becoming Premier League champions. Manchester City finished a distant fourth as they faded away dramatically after this shock scoreline at Eastlands.

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