Leicester’s momentum seemed to fade following the restart, but they succeeded in frustrating City, who pushed for a second goal. However, it was the Foxes who took the lead through Ricardo Pereira, who unleashed a thunderous strike from distance following a poorly-defended corner to make the score 2-1 with just nine minutes remaining.
In the dying embers of the match, Fabian Delph was shown a straight red card after a dangerous challenge, bringing an end to a disappointing day for City.
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed as though Claude Puel would be out of a job by 2019, but things have quickly changed.
After an inspired performance in the victory over Chelsea, Puel guided Leicester to another superb performance against the defending Premier League champions. Defensively, they looked sturdy and determined, and truthfully they could, and perhaps should, have netted at least another two goals in the first half.
The second half was more about defending, but Leicester certainly did that well. City had few good chances to score, and Pereira’s impressive 81st-minute strike seemed to deflate Pep Guardiola’s side. Puel has certainly done something to galvanise his players in recent weeks, and he deserves a lot of credit for the way his side played this afternoon.
It comes as no surprise to fans of the Premier League that Jamie Vardy’s work ethic is one of Leicester’s most valuable qualities. The 31-year-old wants to fight for every loose ball and he loves to terrorise defenders.
Vardy proved to be a reliable focal point at the top of Leicester’s attack, finding space and forcing chances out of nothing. He deserved a goal but will have to make do with an assist as it was his perfect cross which allowed Albrighton to net the equaliser. It was a superb performance for Vardy, and fans were eager to praise the Englishman on Twitter.