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Kelechi Iheanacho on target as Manchester City edge Leicester in nine goal thriller


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Kelechi Iheanacho scored once, and assisted two goals in Leicester’s 6-3 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day.

The goal was Iheanacho’s second goal in 13 Premier League appearances for The Foxes this term, having last scored for Leicester against Crystal Palace in October.

The Super Eagles star also assisted twice in the tie, taking his number of assists to three this season.

A thrilling start by the Cityzens saw them score four goals in the first twenty-five minutes through Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling.

The visitors pulled on back shortly after the break. A beautiful touch from Maddison on the half way line, passed to Iheanacho who delayed well to play it back to him, and he slotted home easily.

In the 59th minute, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester got a second goal to make it 4-2 after Iheanacho played in Lookman to slot home.

Iheanacho then made it 4-3 on 66 minutes, tapping home after Maddison’s long range shot bounced off the crossbar into the path of the Nigerian.

All that was needed was a goal from Aymeric Laporte in the sixty-ninth to swing the pendulum back to the side of the Cityzens. The Spaniard rose to send a looping header into the top corner bringing the score to 5-3.

And with three minutes left, City snuffed out any hope of a comeback as Sterling tapped in from a Ruben Dias downward header to end the game 6-3.

City, on 47 points, have now extend their lead over Liverpool to six points in the league standing, while Leicester have now lost three of their last five Premier League games (one win, one draw) and are in 10th position on 22 points.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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