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Player ratings as Riyad Mahrez penalty gaffe hands Man City vital win in top-four race

Mahrez's slip at the penalty spot proved costly for Leicester
Mahrez's slip at the penalty spot proved costly for Leicester

Riyad Mahrez's slip ensured Manchester City did not pay the penalty as they took another step towards the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Leicester.

A fluent City deservedly led through David Silva and Gabriel Jesus' penalty but Shinji Okazaki's superb volley just before half-time set the nerves jangling at the Etihad.

Mahrez thought he had equalised from the spot in the 77th minute but referee Robert Madley correctly spotted that the Foxes star had slipped and touched the ball twice and it was ruled out

Tweet of the match

Star man

Leroy Sane. The German winger has promised much in his first season in English football and caused Leicester all sorts of problems in the first half. Danny Simpson could not cope with Sane's pace and power down the left and he created both goals, first setting up Silva and then drawing Yohan Benalouane into a clumsy tackle in the penalty area with a driving run.

View from the bench

Pep Guardiola named an unchanged team for the first time in the Premier League all season and, in the first half, City played the kind of slick passing football that has been his trademark. They were cruising at 2-0 before Okazaki's goal out of nothing. What will concern Guardiola is how badly City struggled in the second half, and they can count themselves very lucky after Mahrez's stroke of misfortune. If City are to do better in the Premier League next season they must put away games this like. Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare will have been delighted with the Foxes' response after a bruising 40 minutes. They got stuck in and probably deserved a point.

Stat of the match

Silva's opener made it the first time the little Spaniard has scored in back-to-back Premier League games since December 2014, having also netted the first goal in last weekend's 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

RATINGS

Manchester City

Willy Caballero: 6

Vincent Kompany: 6

Nicolas Otamendi: 6

Gael Clichy: 5

Fernandinho: 7

Yaya Toure: 7

Raheem Sterling: 7

Kevin De Bruyne: 7

David Silva: 8

Leroy Sane: 8

Gabriel Jesus: 7

Substitutes

Sergio Aguero (for Sterling, 78): 6

Pablo Zabaleta (for De Bruyne, 82): 5

Jesus Navas (for Jesus, 90): 5

Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel: 6

Danny Simpson: 5

Yohan Benalouane: 5

Christian Fuchs: 6

Ben Chilwell: 7

Riyad Mahrez: 6

Wilfred Ndidi: 6

Andy King: 6

Marc Albrighton: 7

Shinji Okazaki: 7

Jamie Vardy: 6

Substitutes

Daniel Amartey (for King, 68): 6

Islam Slimani (for Okazaki, 73): 5

Demarai Gray (for Albrighton, 80): 5

Up next

Manchester City v West Brom (Premier League, Tuesday, May 16)

Leicester v Tottenham (Premier League, Thursday, May 18)