Manchester City – Leicester City: Jamie Vardy’s hat trick included two of three Leicester City penalties as the Foxes punished Man City 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
James Maddison scored a spectacular goal in a substitute performance and Youri Tielemans converted a Maddison-won penalty to salt away the points.
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Riyad Mahrez had given Man City a lead over his former team but Leicester had it level by halftime. Nathan Ake scored late off a Mahrez corner kick for City’s second goal.
It’s the first time Pep Guardiola has seen his team concede five goals at home, and also the first time a team has scored three penalties in a game.
Leicester City goes atop the table in joining Everton as 3-0 teams, while Man City falls to 1-1.
Three things we learned: Manchester City – Leicester City
1. Rodgers gets a signature win: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been seeking a win over a notable rivals since getting hammered by Liverpool and Man City in consecutive affairs during last season’s festive fixtures. This absolutely qualifies, and to do it in the first of 12 weeks without Wilfred Ndidi makes the win all the more impressive.
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2. Pep’s point made: Guardiola had been grousing about his injuries all week and it might’ve all seemed a bit silly given the riches of Man City, but when Ferran Torres and Liam Delap entered the game as subs and you looked to the bench to see they were merely chosen over a bunch of defenders and youth, well, yup. Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus, and Sergio Aguero all missed out.
3. Vardy loves the spot: Vardy knows how to make the most of any contact in the box and he’s even better once he sorts the ball on the spot. He has five goals on the young season and is not showing any signs that he’s 33 years old (aside from, perhaps, his limping gait).
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Tielemans is the club’s the most important player to the team now that Ndidi is out, but Nampalys Mendy filled in admirably against the top attack in the league.
Manchester City – Leicester City recap
Ex-Leicester City striker Riyad Mahrez has torn the cover off a goal to give Man City an early lead over his former club.
A loose ball fell to the Algerian near the back of the 18 and Mahrez absolutely smashed the ball into the upper reaches of the goal.
Schmeichel made a solid save on Raheem Sterling in the 18th minute as City bid for a second, and the goalkeeper also caught a Fernandinho header off a free kick.
Leicester had a chance on the break but James Justin passed instead of shooting with Ederson way off his line and it was broken up by Man City.
Rodri had the ball in the goal off a De Bruyne free kick but was offside and the score stayed 1-0.
Kyle Walker then wrestled Vardy to the box in the 37th minute. He doesn’t miss many penalties, that Vardy.
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He’d provide the go-ahead goal on a combination play often seen from Man City, as Youri Tielemans sent Timothy Castagne racing to the end line. The Belgian’s cutback was cheekily turned past Ederson by the back leg of Vardy.
Vardy drew his second penalty off a push from Eric Garcia and City was in real trouble.
Schmeichel saved a De Bruyne effort in the 62nd minute and Liam Delap headed over the goal minutes later.
De Bruyne picked out Raheem Sterling at the back post with 23 minutes to play only for the Englishman to head over the goal.
There wasn’t much for Man City to like aside from Ake’s goal, 71 percent possession and a 15-7 shot edge doing little.Follow @NicholasMendola