The Barclays Premier League has been one for the ages this season, especially the rise of Leicester City FC. A team who finished 14th last season after being promoted to the top-flight in England, is currently in first this season with 53 points.
The Foxes traveled to Manchester on Saturday for a clash with second-place and title hopeful’s Manchester City.
Leicester defender Robert Huth gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead after his deflected shot in the box following a corner found the back of the net in just the 2nd minute of the game. Midfielder Riyad Mahrez was credited with assist after providing the cross.
After going down early, Manchester City looked for a quick equalizer. Leicester almost doubled their lead in the 8th minute, after forward Jamie Vardy‘s break-away chance was saved by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Both teams headed into the halftime break with the score standing at 1-0 to the visiting Leicester City.
It only took Leicester three minutes into the second half to find the net for second time after Mahrez’s right-footed shot beat Hart to the left side of the net. After just 48 minutes, Manchester City were down 2-0 at home.
Huth extended the Leicester lead to 3-0 after his header in the 60th minute soared over Hart and into the back of the net. Manchester City supporters began to file for the exits after it looked like their team was dejected.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero gave the hosts a consolation goal in the 87th minute with a header that beat Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. 19-year-old Bersant Celina was credited with the assist on the goal by Aguero.
At the final whistle, loud roars came from the away fans section of the Etihad Stadium as Leicester came out with a huge 3-1 road victory.
Manchester City had 66% of the possession in comparison to Leicester’s 34%. Kasper Schmeichel has three saves in the match, and Joe Hart had four saves.
According to BBC Sport, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri saluted his team’s discipline on the defensive side during the match. “We played very, very compact and believed everything could be possible,” said Ranieri.
Leicester now move to 53 points on the season and will travel to fourth-place Arsenal next weekend. Manchester City sitting at 47 points, fell to third place after Tottenham jumped over them to second place after their victory vs Watford on Saturday.
Tottenham will visit Manchester City next Sunday in another crucial match for Manuel Pellegrini‘s men. This Barclays Premier League season may not be over yet, but what Leicester City have done this season should be saluted by all soccer fans.
Larry Henry Jr
Spark Sports Analyst