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EPL: Jesus’s brace saves Man City as United thump Leicester 3-0

EPL: Jesus's brace saves Man City as United thump Leicester 3-0

Manchester City’s new signing, Gabriel Jesus, netted in twice in his side’s Premier League clash with Swansea City, as they made a 2-1 triumph over their visitors on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

Jesus made an early impact as he put City in the lead as early as 11 minutes. The hosts had dominion in the first half, but the visitors had the better of the second half, taking advantage of City’s lack of intensity as Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled in an equaliser for Swansea in the 81st minute.

“Gabriel Jesus is strong, fast and has really good movement. He has arrived really, really, well. He is Gabriel Jesus. We are happy to have him,” City coach Pep Guardiola said after the match.

But Jesus’ stoppage time winner made the difference in the game that saw City move to third position in the League table, and Guardiola thinks his side was just lucky.

“Many times this season in last minute we have conceded. It was similar here and we were lucky here that Swansea scored before the last minute and we had time to recover,” he added.

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In the other Premier League of Sunday, reigning champions Leicester City suffered a 3-0 thrashing at home against Manchester United, and are now just one point above the relegation zone, while still searching for a first league win in 2017.

The champions never looked like scoring, with their only shot on target a tame Wilfred Ndidi strike just before half-time at the King Power Stadium .

First goal was by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who latched onto Chris Smalling’s flick-on and raced through on goal before beating Kasper Schmeichel with a clinical finish minutes before half-time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic then took advantage of terrible Leicester marking to side-foot home the second goal, before Juan Mata ensured there was no way back for the hosts when he made it three for the Jose Mourinho’s men early in the second half.

“It was really important for us. We lost two points in last match at home and had three consecutive draws so we needed the points.

“I am happy. We don’t have a league defeat since October and if we tried to transform the unlucky draws to victories, we would be in an amazing position,” Mourinho said in a post-match media chat.

Manchester United will host Watford on Saturday, with the hope of climbing to the top four if they can get all three points from the tie, while Manchester City travel to Bournemouth on Monday.

 

 

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