Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Man City beats Leicester 2-1 after bizarre penalty incident

Man City beats Leicester 2-1 after bizarre penalty incident

After David Silva's controversial goal and a penalty by Gabriel Jesus had put City in control, Guardiola's side became nervy after Shinji Okazaki's superb volley halved the deficit before half-time at the Etihad.

Manchester City survived a scare to beat Leicester City 2-1 at the Eithad Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League, with Riyad Mahrez's late penalty disallowed in freaky circumstances.

Toure is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, with little indication of what next season will hold for him.

Given all the expectation that accompanied Guardiola's arrival from Bayern Munich, and the fact they started the season with 10 victories in a row, what followed has inevitably been met with disappointment.

Arsenal maintained their pursuit of a top-four finish with an impressive 4-1 victory at Stoke City but the Gunners still need other favourable results if they want to play in the Champions League for a 21st consecutive season. If we include all competitions, then City only have suffered one defeat in 24 matches.

One win from its last two matches, at home to West Bromwich Albion and away to Watford, should be enough for City to finish at least in fourth place.

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However, the warning signs were there from last week's convincing demolition of Crystal Palace. The Brazilian has scored five times from seven shots on target in the Premier League for City. Replays showed that as the Algerian slipped, he kicked the ball twice as he took the penalty and Guardiola's side were awarded a free kick. The Foxes entered the game with a makeshift defence after an injury to Robert Huth, which meant Christian Fuchs shifted into central defence to partner Yohan Benalouane, while Ben Chilwell came in at left back. Andy King took his place.

Swansea boosted its bid for top-flight survival with a 2-0 win over Sunderland, courtesy of first-half goals by Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare said: "To the letter of the ball, Raheem Sterling was offside when City scored their first goal and he did try to make contact with the ball". It was Jesus who stepped up to take it, coolly slotting home from 12 yards. Sloppy in possession at times, in particular a moment when he gave it to a Leicester player in his own half.

City had ended a hard half with their tails up and came out with more determination for the second half, taking the game to their hosts, especially left-back Chilwell, who drove forward like a winger.

He was even presented with a birthday cake after the game by the club - a throwback to when he was allegedly left upset when City "forgot" his birthday.

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