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Published: Mon, August 15, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

EPL Roundup: Leicester lose as Guardiola wins on Manchester City debut


As a delighted fan leaving the KCOM on Saturday afternoon I heard hundreds of City fans saying that their side's 2-1 victory over Premier League Champions Leicester City will go down as one of the club's greatest performances of recent years, and looking at the result in context, who am I to disagree with them?

Hull opened scoring at the end of the first half by Adama Diomande.

There were a couple other surprises as well, with Middlesboro and Everton outperforming expectations against Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.

Guardiola's City career got off to a ideal start when Sergio Aguero fired home a fourth-minute penalty after Patrick van Aanholt had brought down Raheem Sterling.

But instead of making a stylish debut against modest opposition, Guardiola's team needed an 87th minute own-goal by luckless Sunderland defender Paddy McNair to start with a win. "We tried to do our best, our effort was unbelievable but it was individual, not as a team". "We spoke during the week about what we had to do like a team and we did it". The Leicester defence - badly missing the presence of Robert Huth - failed to clear a Hull cross with Robert Snodgrass taking advantage and giving his side the lead.

"They played better, we tried to do our best", the Italian told Sky Sports. "The second half we played really well".

"A lot of the time it was fingers crossed to make sure that we had enough players to get out onto this field today", Phelan said.

Ross Barkley gave Everton its fifth-minute lead in Ronald Koeman's first game in charge, but Erik Lamela headed a second-half equalizer for Spurs.

A debut goal for Nathan Redmond helped Southampton come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Watford while a late Leroy Fer strike gave Swansea City a 1-0 victory at promoted Burnley, who were fuming after a penalty claim was waved away.

Tomorrow, AFC Bournemouth will host Manchester United while Arsenal hosts Liverpool and Monday night sees Chelsea host West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

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