2020-21 English Premier League
  • Benjamin Mendy (58')
  • Gabriel Jesus (74')

Mendy, Jesus earn Man City convincing win at Leicester to edge closer to title

Manchester City edged closer to the Premier League title with an impressive 2-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus in the second half sent Pep Guardiola's side 17 points clear at the top, having played two more games than second-placed Manchester United.

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City need another 11 points to win their third title in four years. The result sees Leicester remain in third place with eight matches remaining in the season.

City's bid to win an unprecedented Quadruple goes on as they meet Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals before facing Tottenham in the EFL Cup final later this month.

Fernandinho thought he had opened the scoring inside five minutes but the goal was ruled out after Sergio Aguero was in an offside position and blocked Kasper Schmeichel's sight of the shot.

Kevin De Bruyne also came close after 23 minutes but his free kick rattled the crossbar.

City continued to control the game and Riyad Mahrez's tame close-range effort was saved by Schmeichel.

On the stroke of half-time, Leicester thought they had taken the lead against the run of play but Jamie Vardy's goal was also ruled out for offside.

Leicester responded well after the break and Ruben Dias produced a brilliant block to deny Youri Tielemans from scoring.

The visitors finally found the breakthrough after 58 minutes when Mendy reacted quickest to a loose ball inside the box and scored with a curling finish.

City doubled their lead after 74 minutes when Jesus finished off a nice team move involving De Bruyne and substitute Raheem Sterling.

James Maddison had a good chance to grab a goal for Leicester late on but he scuffed his close-range shot into Ederson's hands as City marched on to victory.

After the game, Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers told reporters defender Caglar Soyuncu contracted the coronavirus while away playing for Turkey and he remains in his home country.

"He is good and feeling fine and we will go through the process seeing when he can be back," Rodgers said.

Soyuncu remains in isolation in Turkey following the World Cup qualifiers and Rodgers said it was "highly unlikely" he would be available for next Sunday's game at West Ham.

"The club is working with the Turkish federation to see where we're at," Rodgers said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 23 +41 57
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 23 +28 44
4 Manchester United 22 +6 38
5 West Ham United 23 +10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 +4 36
7 Arsenal 20 +8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 +3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford 20 -17 14
20 Burnley 17 -11 11