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Manchester City go 17 points clear atop Premier League

Sports Desk, Apr 3 (efe-epa).- Manchester City lead the Premier League by 17 points after defeating Leicester City 0-2 on Saturday to avenge an embarrassing 2-5 home loss to the Foxes earlier in the season.

With 74 points from 31 games, City need to pick up just 11 of 21 possible points from their remaining seven matches to hoist the Premier League trophy for the third time in four years and the fifth time in a decade.

Cross-town rivals Manchester United are second on 57 points from 29 matches, while Leicester sit in third place with 56 points.

The Foxes, as one of only three teams to have beaten Man City in the league so far this season, were hopeful of getting something out of the contest at King Power Stadium, especially after the side just below them in the table, Chelsea, lost earlier in the day.

Fernandinho thought he put City on the board in the 6th minute, but the goal was disallowed because Sergio Agüero was offside.

The visitors were thoroughly dominant in the first half, though Leicester’s Jamie Vardy also had a goal called back for offside a few minutes before the intermission.

The breakthrough for City came in the 58th minute from an unexpected source, Benjamin Mendy, a defender with just six goals in 286 club games. The France international beat Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a fine shot into the far corner.

Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 with 15 minutes left after working a deft give-and-go with Raheem Sterling.

Both of the hosts’ second-half chances belonged to Youri Tielemans, who forced City defender Ruben Dias to make a block in the 51st minute and sent a shot just over the cross-bar with seven minutes left in regulation. EFE jap/dr

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