Football: Man City hang on to beat Leicester 2-1 and leapfrog Liverpool to third in standings

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (right) vies with Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez on May 13, 2017.
Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (right) vies with Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez on May 13, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Manchester City survived a stirring Leicester City fightback to claim a 2-1 win that lifted them above Liverpool into third in the Premier League on Saturday.

The hosts, looking to cement their top-four status, were cruising when goals by David Silva and Gabriel Jesus put them 2-0 ahead after 36 minutes but Leicester hit back strongly.

Shinji Okazaki smashed in a sensational volley before half-time and the hosts had a huge let-off in the 77th minute when Riyad Mahrez's penalty was ruled out because he inadvertently made a double contact while striking the ball.

Jamie Vardy also missed a late chance but a nervy City hung on to move to 72 points with two games remaining.

Liverpool have 70 points with two games left while fifth-placed Arsenal have 66 with three to play.