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Leicester stun Manchester City

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Leicester City's Robert Huth (centre left) celebrates with teammate Jamie Vardy after scoring during the English Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England yesterday. Leicester won 3-1. At far left is the Leicester captain, Reggae Boy Wes Morgan.

LONDON (AP):

With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why they really could be lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May.

From 5,000-1 outsiders for the title in August, Leicester became the 7-4 favourites with several British bookmakers yesterday after going five points clear at the top.

"I don't believe in the bookmakers," Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. "The bookmakers at the beginning said Ranieri would be the first to be sacked. Then?"

Then, Leicester went on to lose only two out of 25 league games and to close in on the most astonishing title challenge in the modern English game.

City's home loss to Leicester was compounded by Tottenham edging Watford 1-0 and replacing Manuel Pellegrini's team in second place.

Both games saw defenders scoring rare goals, with Kieran Trippier netting for the first time for Tottenham and Robert Huth claiming a double for Leicester.

City conceded after only three minutes to Leicester, with Huth pouncing on the ball after Riyad Mahrez's free kick bounced through the penalty area. Mahrez started the second half by powering a shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart before Huth netted again on the hour.

City, whose Abu Dhabi investment fuelled 2012 and 2014 title triumphs, has now failed at six opportunities to beat any of the top six teams this season.

"It was our chance at home to recover the lead in the table," said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. "We couldn't do it and now we are six points behind Leicester."

Other results: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2; Stoke 0 Everton 3; Aston Villa 2 Norwich 0; Newcastle 1 West Brom 0; Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1; Southampton 1 West Ham 0.