without Haaland, City struggles but regains the lead

Leicester remains at the bottom of the standings, just ahead of the red zone (17e).

Deprived of his Norwegian goal machine for only the second time this season, City could measure how much he had grown accustomed to his devastating presence in the opposition box.

Faced with a team that went three games in a row without conceding a goal and whose only ambition in this match seemed to field a fourth, Pep Guardiola’s men had great difficulty creating clear chances, despite a strong dominance.

They had to wait for a sublime free kick from Kevin de Bruyne 23 meters from goal, which the Belgian sent into the right corner, post inside, from Danny Ward to take the lead (0-1, 49e).

Unhappy Leicester

If the Foxes then came out more, sometimes even exerting very high pressure in the Citizens camp which allowed them to recover some interesting balloons, City did not know how to take advantage of the spaces created either.

It was even Leicester who came very close to equalizing on a wonderful volley from Youri Tielemans on a corner played behind and which Ederson was very happy to deflect on his crossbar (53rd).

In the last minutes, Patson Daka, from the head (86th), had another good chance, but the Brazilian goalkeeper was well placed.

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