Man City beats Leicester 2-1 after bizarre penalty incident

Then came two huge decisions that went in City's favour, Robert Madley failing to spot an elbow from Fernandinho on Marc Albrighton that could have led to a red card before correctly disallowing Mahrez's penalty as he slipped upon striking the ball and kicked it against his standing leg.

Arsenal maintained their late challenge with a classy 4-1 victory at Stoke City to keep the pressure on Liverpool who now sit just one point above the in-from Gunners.

Goals from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were enough for Pep Guardiola's side to make it back-to-back wins in the top flight, despite a fine strike from Shinji Okazaki for the visitors.

Guardiola's side were far less fluent after the break while Leicester's increased attacking threat ensured a tense finish that nearly brought them a point as a reward.

"In the second half, we didn't know whether to attack or defend the result", he said.

"It (the squad) doesn't need major surgery, I think it will be minimal but I expect a few going and a few coming".

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel described it as a "freak incident", and pointed out that Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann did the same from the penalty spot in the Champions League semifinals in midweek and the goal was allowed to stand.

Cue confusion and protest, as the Leicester players crowded around referee Bobby Madley, who spotted the Algerian touch the ball TWICE before the ball sailed into the back of the net.

Manchester City is still the least successful project for Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola admits that Leicester were hard opponents but also adds that it was the right decision to have ruled out Riyad Mahrez's penalty "goal" which would have put scores at 2-2.

"Of course, if we have already qualified for the Champions League, we are going to prepare and arrive at the first game in the Premier League ready".

He has since kept five clean sheets across 33 league matches, albeit having conceded 52 goals, as Torino sit ninth in the Serie A table.

"It's a massive win". "Today, we got the luck".

According to the laws of the game, a penalty taker can not touch the ball again until another player has done so, leaving referee Robert Madley with no choice but to rule out the goal.

"We have two games left and it was so important - against the last champions", Guardiola told Sky Sports.

"It's a odd feeling today because we can be proud of our attitude".

  • Julie Sanders