Leicester 0 Man City 1: Bernardo Silva fires in only goal as champions struggle to break down dogged defence
MANCHESTER CITY celebrated a large goal which had Made in Portugal written throughout it – as Pep Guardiola’s boys confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only present in city.
Bernardo Silva cashed in when a shot from his fellow Portuguese worldwide team-mate Joao Cancelo crashed off Caglar Soyuncu.
And the City midfielder reacted instinctively to expertly beat Kasper Schmeichel as he lastly broke Leicester’s cussed resistance.
It’s unusual to suppose that if City had succeeded in prising Harry Kane away from Tottenham this summer time, Bernardo was the almost certainly candidate to head for the exit, with a transfer to Spain on the playing cards to partly fund the deal.
So it is no marvel he celebrated as he flew the Portuguese flag for the sky blue aspect of town to seize one or two headlines from his pal on the purple half.
This was a panoramic 90 minutes which rattled from finish to finish for 90 superb minutes as City gained revenge for his or her Community Shield defeat.
Perhaps City’s gamers glanced up on the King Power’s big video screens prior to kick-off and noticed Leicester’s footage of their latest success at Wembley.
But one thing actually motivated Pep’s champs as a result of they got here out of the blocks at full tempo and pinned the Foxes again from the beginning.
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However, their hosts dug in and defended their territory doggedly and can level to a Harvey Barnes’ header which bounced off the bar and a Jamie Vardy goal which turned out to be fractionally offside as proof there wasn’t a lot to select between these two foes.
Brendan Rodgers’ males rode their luck early on when Jack Grealish mixed with Silva to clip in a cross which Fifa-cleared Gabriel Jesus met with an influence header earlier than Schmeichel blocked.
Soyuncu then denied Bernardo and someway Leicester smuggled the ball clear.
It set the tone for a manic recreation that sped from finish to finish.
Youri Tielemans despatched Vardy sprinting off down the precise and he centred completely for Barnes who slid in for the kill.
However, the winger’s effort was heroically blocked by Ederson with the assistance of Kyle Walker, despite the fact that the Brazilian keeper took a bloody nostril for his bravery.
Schmeichel was simply as good on the different finish as he received down low to his left to contact away a Bernardo shot after Ryan Bertrand had dithered in possession.
Grealish then fired over from an excellent place after Ilkay Gundogan noticed him in area after Leicester let their focus slip at a free-kick.
As the play raged on Rodri was booked for a foul on Tielemans earlier than Jesus failed to beat Schmeichel with two makes an attempt as the keeper got here out on prime once more.
Vestergaard defended heroically once more to block a Ruben Dias try as City stepped up the stress earlier than the break.
But it was Leicester who got here so shut firstly of the second with a lightning raid which noticed Vardy present an ideal cross from the precise which picked out Barnes.
The winger’s powered header beat Ederson however bounced off the highest of the bar and over.
The house aspect smelled concern and Vardy had the ball in the online a few minutes later after City had been suckered by one other lightning assault.
Wilfred Ndidi robbed Barnardo and despatched Vardy racing clear.
However, regardless of Vardy rounding Dias then Ederson to roll the ball into the online, VAR rescued City as it was confirmed the striker had simply strayed offside.
However, City aren’t champions with out good purpose they usually swiftly stepped by means of the gears once more.
Ferran Torres rippled the aspect netting simply earlier than Rodgers despatched on comeback defender Jonny Evans on for a weary Vestergaard on the hour.
One minute later, City struck.
Grealish brilliantly tamed a deep crossfield go and laid the ball into Cancelo’s path.
The full-back rifled in a shot that ricocheted off Soyuncu and Bernardo pounced to ram the rebound into the roof of the online.
City followers spilt over some boundaries as they celebrated and stewards and police moved in.
But it was the breakthrough Pep’s boys wanted as they lastly broke by means of the skinny blue line.
Rodgers despatched on new signing Ademola Lookman and Kelechi Iheanacho whereas City changed Torres with Raheem Sterling after which Jesus with Fernandinho.
The Leicester subs virtually mixed after Marc Albrighton carved City open with a superb ball to Iheanacho who arrange Lookman however Ederson prevented him a dream debut with a superb block.
Then Dias thwarted Lookman with a surprising restoration problem to deny him a late leveller.
But City had the final phrase as Fernandinho flashed an angled shot simply broad and Grealish additionally handed up an excellent late likelihood.