The game between Manchester City and Leicester City was a treat to watch on Boxing Day in the Premier League. The Sky Blues were huge favorites and this was demonstrated in the first 25 minutes of the match.
In 5th minute, Kevin de Bruyne launched a well-driven shot towards the bottom left corner of Kasper Schmeichel, thus making the score 1:0. 9 minutes later, Riyad Mahrez had the opportunity to double the lead from the penalty spot. He took an unstoppable penalty kick giving no chance to Leicester’s goalkeeper.
In 21st minute, Ilkay Gundogan was most focused and reacted to a rebounded ball. He sent it in the net, making the lead 3:0 for Manchester City. In 25th minute, the Citizens dominance was once again confirmed with a fourth goal. This time, Raheem Sterling had the opportunity to score from a penalty kick after yet another foul drawn by Youri Tielemans. He seized the chance and sealed the deal for his team.
Manchester City missed a couple more opportunities until the end of the first half and the result remained unchanged. This gave a slight hope for every Leicester’s fan as they have seen such comebacks in the past.
The second half started on a surprising note as the Foxes managed to score three goals in a 10-minute span. James Madison, Ademola Lookman, and Kelechi Iheanacho almost erased the deficit, making the score 4:3. Their hopes were once again quickly shattered as Aymeric Laporte scored a header in 69th minute. In 87th minute, Raheem Sterling made the final result 6:3 from a tap-in inside the box.
𝗚𝗢𝗔𝗟𝗦, Frankincense and Myrrh! 😅
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 26, 2021
This outcome gave Manchester City even more advantage on the top as they are now with 47 points. Liverpool and Chelsea are respectively second and third in the standings with 41 points each. However, the Reds have one game in hand as their match against Leeds on Boxing Day has been postponed due to COVID-19.
Leicester City, on the other hand, are back in the middle of the table with 22 points from 17 matches. They are in 10th place and are now 13 points away from Arsenal who close out the top 4.
Manchester City travel to London for their last game of 2021 where they will face Brentford on Wednesday. Leicester City will host Liverpool in their next fixture as Jamie Vardy remains uncertain for the match.