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Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Match report

In-form Manchester City made predictably short work of Leicester City on Saturday, to close the gap ever further to Premier League table-toppers Arsenal.

The Sky Blues, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Fresh off a scintillating three-goal downing of Bayern Munich in the Champions Leagueโ€™s quarter-finals in midweek, Pep Guardiolaโ€™s troops turned their attentions back towards matters on the domestic front, in a meeting with the aforementioned Leicester.

And, within the opening 25 minutes at The Etihad, the outcome was as good as decided.

Kicking the dayโ€™s scoring into gear was John Stones, who continued his fine stretch of individual form in driving a left-footed effort home from the edge of the visitorsโ€™ penalty area:

Erling Haaland then added his customary goal of the day from the penalty spot a short time later, before doubling his tally courtesy of a fine dinked finish, after being set free by Kevin De Bruyne:

This opened the door for Kelechi Iheanacho to slot home a close-range consolation fifteen minutes from time, but the result was long decided, as the eveningโ€™s hosts emerged comfortable 3-1 victors.

Player ratings

Manchester City

Ederson – 6

Kyle Walker – 5.5

Ruben Dias – 5.5

Aymeric Laporte – 6

John Stones – 7.5

Rodri – 7

Riyad Mahrez – 6

Kevin De Bruyne – 8

Bernardo Silva – 5.5

Jack Grealish – 7.5

Erling Haaland – 8.5

Substitutes: Julian Alvarez – 5.5, Manuel Akanji – 6, Kalvin Phillips – 6, Cole Palmer – 5.5, Sergio Gomez – N/A

Leicester City

Daniel Iversen – 5

Harry Souttar – 5

Caglar Soyuncu – 6

Wout Faes – 5

Wilfred Ndidi – 4.5

Youri Tielemans – 4.5

Timothy Castagne – 5

Victor Kristiansen – 5.5

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall – 6

James Maddison – 6.5

Jamie Vardy – 5

Substitutes: Kelechi Iheanacho – 6.5, Luke Thomas – 5.5, Dennis Praet – 5, Nampalys Mendy – 5.5

Fan reaction

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