Tuesday, April 20

Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus fire Manchester City to beat Leicester | Premier league


By the time you read this, Benjamin Mendy may have tweeted to declare himself the new Sergio Agüero and, in fairness to the fun-loving French defender, he produced a graceful ending to move Manchester City closer to another title. Leicester held off the elected champions for almost an hour, but the victory for the imperious visitors was confirmed when Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0.

City came in as the scariest traveler in Europe, having won their last 14 matches in all competitions. They hadn’t lost a league point on the road since drawing at Old Trafford in mid-December. But his workload is intensifying as the season draws to a close and, with a Champions League showdown against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola once again rotated his team, but could hardly be accused of complacency. given the strength of his team and a start. lineup that cost more than £ 500 million.

Aguero spearheaded City’s attack days after the club announced it is saying goodbye to its scoring record this summer. Undoubtedly, Agüero intended to give the club even more goals to remember him, but his first appearance here, in the fifth minute, was to do the opposite, as Fernandinho’s long-distance shot was finished off because the Argentine had blocked the shot. goalkeeper view. while out of play.

Brendan Rodgers chose not to implement the same system that helped his team win at the Etihad in September, choosing instead to stick with a two-pronged attacking force of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, whose scoring feats in recent weeks have him helped win a new contract. But Rodgers had no illusions that his team would overtake the visitors and, as expected, City dominated possession early on. Leicester sat deep, their wings rarely ventured forward, and with Daniel Amartey doing well in the back three in place of the injured Caglar Soyuncu, they kept the visitors at bay in the first half, though not without enduring moments of anxiety. .

Aguero got his first shot opportunity in the 18th minute after poor control by Gabriel Jesus and an incomplete clearance by Jonny Evans. The forward followed suit, whistling his volley from the edge of the box to send the ball over the bar. Kevin De Bruyne came much closer from outside the box four minutes later, firing a shot over the wall and beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel, and onto the crossbar.

Schmeichel had to improvise to make a clever save with his right foot just before half-time to deny Riyad Mahrez after a skillful play by Jesús. After De Bruyne and Jesús failed to find their target with two more half chances, Leicester welcomed the halftime whistle.

City started the second half with the same authority they had shown during the first, but Leicester continued to challenge them. The hosts even launched a couple of counterattacks and, in the 50th minute, Ederson was finally forced to save when Youri Tielemans unleashed a flight from 20 yards. Two minutes later Tielemans made another foray after a difficult run from Iheanacho, but Aymeric Laporte rallied to block the Belgian’s shot. That pressure was fleeting. Soon the visitors took the lead.

After intense interaction between De Bruyne and Mahrez, Schmeichel parried a shot from the Algerian international. Rodri recovered the ball from the right and threw it towards the back post, where Tielemans did brilliantly to prevent Jesus from connecting. But the ball broke for Mendy, who eluded Marc Albrighton with a right foot feint, which he used to guide the ball past Schmeichel and into the far corner.

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Sterling replaced Agüero and could have scored in the 72nd minute, but instead dodged Ricardo Pereira and rolled the ball towards Jesús to hit the net from close range. Leicester tried to rebel, but the closest they got was when James Maddison threw a shot into Ederson’s arms from 10 yards.


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