Le­ices­ter stun Man City to go six points clear

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Robert Huth's dou­ble and a Riyad Mahrez goal sent Premier League lead­ers Le­ices­ter City six points clear af­ter a stun­ning 3-1 vic­tory at shell- shocked ti­tle ri­vals Manch­ester City on Sun­day. Le­ices­ter pro­duced an­other ex­hil­a­rat­ing counter-at­tack­ing per­for­mance, play­ing with con­fi­dence and swag­ger in the top- of- the- ta­ble clash at the Eti­had sta­dium.

They weren't even re­liant on top- scorer Jamie Vardy. Poor mark­ing al­lowed de­fender Huth to sweep in Mahrez's free kick, via a de­flec­tion off Martin Demiche­lis, af­ter three min­utes.

Play­maker Mahrez fin­ished off a swift break to score his 14th league goal of a hugely im­pres­sive sea­son and dou­ble Le­ices­ter's lead three min­utes into the se­cond half.

Ger­man cen­tre-back Huth headed in a cor­ner on the hour to make it 3-0, prov­ing that Le­ices­ter, on 53 points from 25 games, have the qual­ity and be­lief to make a sus­tained chal­lenge for a first English topflight crown.

Ser­gio Aguero replied for City with a glanc­ing header in the 87th minute - his sev­enth goal in five games - but a rain­lashed day be­longed to Le­ices­ter. Le­ices­ter have never won the top flight and their squad wasn't as­sem­bled by spend­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds like City.

It was the most sen­sa­tional win to date of their fairy­tale 12month rise from the bot­tom to the top of the ta­ble and they re­main on course for the most im­prob­a­ble English ti­tle tri­umph since pro­moted Not­ting­ham For­est won the league in 1977-78.

While City re­main in both do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tions and the Cham­pi­ons League, Le­ices­ter's only fo­cus is the league.

City, play­ing at home for the first time since Pep Guardi­ola was an­nounced as the suc­ces­sor to man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini, have now lost six league games this sea­son - as many as when they last won the league in 2014.

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