Manchester City 2 Leicester City 5 Review 27/09/2020
EPL post-match report – Sunday, September 27, 2020
Manchester City 2 Leicester City 5
Brendan Rodger's Foxes get five past City; Vardy scores hat-trick
Jamie Vardy's hat-trick helped Leicester City fashion a stunning 2-5 win over Manchester City away at the Etihad stadium as the Foxes raced to the top of the Premier League table.
Pep Guardiola's City were at their dominant best for the better part of the first half with Riyad Mahrez opening the account for the hosts early in the 4th minute courtesy an incredible half volley from 15 yards with his weaker right foot.
Despite their dominant ball possession, City left gaps in their defense that the rivals were able to exploit. The Leicester response came when their first counter-attacking move saw an onrushing Vardy fouled by Kyle Walker just inside the box and a penalty awarded.
Vardy converted the spot kick in clinical fashion and the Fox3es were level in the 37th minute with their first shot on target.
Come the second half, Vardy got on the end of a low cross from Timothy Castagne on the right to produce a fine flick past Ederson to edge his side ahead in the 53rd minute.
The Foxes added to the lead when Vardy got his third four minutes later through a penalty.
Pep Guardiola introduced 17-year old striker Liam Delap in the 51st minute with the youngster making an immediate impression by hitting the crossbar with a header but it was Leicester who turned the knife deep into the hosts as substitute James Maddison, cutting in from the left, curled a beauty over Ederson into the top corner to make it an almost unbeatable 1-4 in the 77th.
£40m summer move from Bournemouth, Nathan Ake, pulled one back for City with his first goal, jumping high to head in a Mahrez corner but the hosts fell to a third penalty when Maddison was brought down in the box by Benjamin Mendy.
With a tired Vardy leaving the pitch a little before, Youri Tielemans duly converted with a spot kick in the 88th minute to seal a memorable win for Leicester.
As a statistical footnote, 33-year-old Jamie Vardy has won more penalties (19) and scored more (22) than any other player in the Premier League since his debut in August 2014 while Pep Guardiola saw his side concede 5 goals for the first time ever in his 686th game as a manager.
Leicester after Sunday's Etihad win now move to the top of the table with nine points from three outings. City who have played two games find themselves in a dismal 13th spot, a situation Guardiola would want to rectify soon.
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