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Result: Leicester City fight back to stun 10-man Manchester City

Leicester City come from behind to register a 2-1 over 10-man Manchester City to leave Pep Guardiola's side seven points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Leicester City have recorded a 2-1 victory over Manchester City to leave Pep Guardiola's side third in the table and seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League table.

Bernardo Silva gave Man City the lead in the Boxing Day clash at the King Power Stadium, but goals from Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira earned the Foxes a memorable win in the East Midlands.

Man City - who also had Fabian Delph sent off during the closing minutes - have now lost three of their last four league games and sit behind Tottenham Hotspur in the standings, while seventh-placed Leicester have recorded back-to-back triumphs over Chelsea and last season's top-flight champions.

The opening stages of the game were uneventful as Man City remained patient on the ball, but their discipline was rewarded before the end of the first quarter-of-an-hour as Bernardo put his team into the lead.

Bernardo Silva celebrates giving Manchester City the lead against Leicester City on December 26, 2018.© Reuters

The Portugal international was able to latch onto a clever through-ball from Sergio Aguero, and the midfielder sent a smart finish past Kasper Schmeichel from inside the area.

However, Leicester needed just five minutes to get back on level terms. Jamie Vardy was sent down the left and sent an inswinging cross towards the back post, where Albrighton directed a header into the far corner.

Man City responded with Kevin De Bruyne seeing a 35-yard strike comfortably saved by Schmeichel, but it took until the closing stages of the opening period for the visitors to create their next clear-cut chance.

Leroy Sane got in down the left before pulling the ball back for Aguero, but the Argentine could only hook a shot over the crossbar from eight yards.

Leicester City's Marc Albrighton scores against Manchester City in the Premier League on December 26, 2018.© Reuters

Leicester rallied towards the end of the first half and Vardy could have put the Foxes in front after a mistake from Bernardo, but Ederson came out well to make a timely block after the forward had advanced into the penalty area.

The visitors had the better of the action after the restart, but the first shot of the second half came from James Maddison, who sent his effort wide of the far post from 25 yards out.

City continued to dominate possession, but Guardiola's side were struggling to create any opportunities with only Aguero looking a threat in and around the penalty area.

Delph saw a 20-yard strike easily saved by Schmeichel and Aguero headed harmlessly wide, and the game reached a stage where Leicester would have settled for a point.

Leicester City's Ricardo Pereira celebrates scoring against Manchester City in the Premier League on December 26, 2018.© Reuters

However, the Foxes completed the turnaround with nine minutes remaining. A poor corner was only half-cleared into the path of Pereira, who found the far corner with a thunderous effort from 20 yards.

Sane blazed a late effort over from the edge of the area before Delph was given a straight red card for a lunge on Pereira, but Man City did not look like forcing an equaliser and are now considered outsiders to retain their Premier League crown with Liverpool having eased past Newcastle United.

LEICESTER CITY (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudhury (Gray 63'), Mendy, Ndidi; Albrighton, Maddison (Simpson 78'), Vardy (Okazaki 88')

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph; Gundogan, De Bruyne (David Silva 70'; Sane, Bernardo (Mahrez 83'), Sterling; Aguero

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Sergio Aguero in action during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Manchester City on August 12, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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