Tevez scored Manchester City's opener but missed a second-half penalty
By Phil Dawkes
Sven-Goran Eriksson's Eastlands return ended in disappointment as Manchester City edged past his Leicester side in an FA Cup third-round replay.
Carlos Tevez's rifled effort put the home side ahead only for Paul Gallagher to level from the penalty spot.
Two goals in 90 seconds - from Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson - swung the game in the home side's favour, before Chris Weale saved a Tevez penalty.
Lloyd Dyer gave Leicester late hope but Aleksandar Kolarov sealed the home win.
Manchester City next face a tricky fourth-round away tie at League One Notts County, themselves a former employer of Eriksson.
This was not the result the well-travelled Swede would have been looking for on his first return to Eastlands after his
sacking from Manchester City in 2009,
but he can again be proud of his Leicester side for their performance, which was full of commitment and endeavour.
The Foxes played with plenty of initiative in the original tie at the Walkers Stadium and they started this tie in impressively positive fashion, producing the game's first two chances: Andy King's goal-bound half-volley from Steve Howard's header down was tipped over by Joe Hart and Sol Bamba headed the resultant corner wide.
Out of respect for Leicester and the tie, Manchester City boss and former Leicester player Roberto Mancini opted to make only four changes to his side, each of which saw an international player come into the team that, at a cost of £162m, is the most expensive to play in the FA Cup.
Patrick Vieira and James Milner came into midfield, Joleon Lescott started in defence, while David Silva replaced striker Edin Dzeko.
The home side were not at their best, but they possessed the extra quality to craft and then capitalise on a greater number of chances.
It was one of Mancini's retained stars from the weekend - winger Johnson - who should have given the home side the lead early on, when Tevez's pass sent him clear on goal, but he dwelt on the ball too long and his eventual scuffed effort was saved by Weale.
With 15 minutes gone, Manchester City were ahead and it was the talismanic Tevez who scored it.
The Argentine picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and crashed his way past two defenders before unleashing a fierce effort from an angle inside the box that found the top of the Leicester net.
However, just as they
did 10 days ago,
Leicester fought back and were level within five minutes.
At the Walkers Stadium, Joe Hart was at fault to gift the home side their equaliser to set up this tie, but here it was a misjudgement from Vieira, who tripped Dyer as he broke into the box from an angle for a penalty that Gallagher powerfully dispatched into the centre of the goal.
The shell-shocked home side almost fell behind immediately when Dyer again charged forward and beat three men, but his shot from 20 yards was deflected wide.
Mancini's men regrouped though and re-asserted some control on the match, with Tevez continuing to pull the strings for them in and around the penalty area.
The striker found Johnson on the left and his pull-back was struck goal-wards by Yaya Toure to draw a smart save low down from Weale.
The home side's growing territorial dominance finally told 10 minutes before half time with a two-goal salvo in the space of less than 90 seconds to swing the tie firmly in their favour.
Tevez again instigated it with a superb flighted ball to find Pablo Zabaleta in space deep on the right and after Silva saw his initial close-range shot saved, the ball fell to Vieira, who side-footed into the empty net.
Then Silva's through-ball gave Johnson a clear run on goal and, unlike his effort at the start of the half, he finished with aplomb past Weale.
Leicester's challenge in the tie could have been ended permanently just before the hour when Tevez found himself clear but was tripped in the box by Jack Hobbs for a penalty.
However, Tevez proved he is indeed fallible with a poorly executed spot-kick that Weale deflected over the goal with his legs.
The visitors had their own call for their second penalty of the match when Dyer again fell following a tackle from Vieira, but referee Mark Halsey waved away the protests, leaving the two players to square up and eventually earn themselves both a booking.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, it appeared as though City would see it through to full-time comfortably, but Dyer made it a far more engrossing finale when he collected a pass from Yuki Abe, held off a challenge and finished past Hart.
With Leicester pushing for an equaliser Manchester City hit them with a sucker punch; breaking the length of the field to supply full-back Kolarov, who curled in superbly to finally seal the tie.
90:00+2:55 Kyle Naughton produces a cross, save made by Joe Hart.
89:06 The assist for the goal came from Adam Johnson.
89:06 GOAL - Aleksandar Kolarov:Man City 4 - 2 Leicester Aleksandar Kolarov scores a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 4-2 Leicester.
87:56 Martyn Waghorn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
86:50 Bruno Berner sends in a cross, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
85:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yuki Abe on Patrick Vieira. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
82:11 The assist for the goal came from Yuki Abe.
82:11 GOAL - Lloyd Dyer:Man City 3 - 2 Leicester Lloyd Dyer scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 3-2 Leicester.
80:11 Adam Johnson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
77:49 Substitution Joao Alves Jo comes on in place of Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
76:53 Yuki Abe delivers the ball, save by Joe Hart.
75:34 Carlos Tevez concedes a free kick for a foul on Souleymane Bamba. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
74:24 Booking Lloyd Dyer booked.
74:23 Booking Patrick Vieira booked for unsporting behaviour.
71:40 Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Lloyd Dyer. Shot comes in from Martyn Waghorn from the free kick.
68:56 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Matt Oakley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Hobbs takes the free kick.
67:46 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Martyn Waghorn coming on for Steve Howard.
65:50 Yuki Abe takes a shot. Patrick Vieira gets a block in. Corner taken by Franck Moussa from the right by-line. The ball is crossed
by Matt Oakley, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
65:10 Yuki Abe fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Franck Moussa from left
by-line, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Correction - 63:26 Foul by Vincent Kompany on Lloyd Dyer, free kick awarded. Franck Moussa delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left wing.
Correction - 63:26 Substitution Gareth Barry comes on in place of David Silva.
63:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer by Vincent Kompany. Free kick crossed right-footed by Franck Moussa.
63:26 Substitution Gareth Barry comes on in place of David Silva.
62:56 The ball is sent over by Kyle Naughton, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
61:01 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.
58:23 Outswinging corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line, clearance made by Jack Hobbs.
58:23 A save by Chris Weale from penalty by Carlos Tevez. Man City 3-1 Leicester.
56:40 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Jack Hobbs.
55:58 Kyle Naughton sends in a cross.
55:14 Bruno Berner delivers the ball.
54:24 Unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba by David Silva results in a free kick. Chris Weale takes the direct free kick.
53:07 Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Tevez goes over the crossbar.
51:59 Patrick Vieira challenges Yuki Abe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
48:16 Aleksandar Kolarov has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
47:11 Kyle Naughton fouled by David Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Matt Oakley replaces Richie Wellens.
45:00+1:18 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00+0:25 Vincent Kompany concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.
45:00+0:13 Gnegneri Toure Yaya sends in a cross, Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.
44:57 Centre by Pablo Zabaleta.
44:29 Unfair challenge on David Silva by Yuki Abe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva.
44:07 Franck Moussa has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Joe Hart.
43:55 Lloyd Dyer sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
43:07 Steve Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincent Kompany. Pablo Zabaleta restarts play with the free kick.
41:08 Shot by Lloyd Dyer from outside the box goes over the net.
40:33 Yuki Abe has an effort at goal. Blocked by James Milner.
37:45 Assist on the goal came from David Silva.
37:45 GOAL - Adam Johnson:Man City 3 - 1 Leicester Adam Johnson gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Man City 3-1 Leicester.
36:28 The assist for the goal came from David Silva. David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Souleymane Bamba.
36:28 GOAL - Patrick Vieira:Man City 2 - 1 Leicester Patrick Vieira grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-1 Leicester.
35:14 The ball is swung over by Franck Moussa, blocked by Vincent Kompany. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Franck Moussa
played to the near post, save by Joe Hart.
34:09 Patrick Vieira concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Direct free kick taken by Richie Wellens.
32:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Johnson. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
32:21 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Patrick Vieira restarts play with the free kick.
32:03 The ball is delivered by Franck Moussa.
29:22 Substitution Franck Moussa on for Paul Gallagher.
26:24 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Save made by Chris Weale.
24:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Carlos Tevez. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
22:49 Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott. Corner taken by Paul Gallagher, clearance made by Patrick Vieira.
22:11 Shot from just outside the area by Richie Wellens goes over the bar.
21:30 Bruno Berner sends in a cross, clearance by Joleon Lescott. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Gallagher,
clearance by Vincent Kompany.
18:48 Penalty awarded for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Lloyd Dyer. The assist for the goal came from Lloyd Dyer.
18:48 GOAL - Paul Gallagher:Man City 1 - 1 Leicester Penalty scored by Paul Gallagher. Man City 1-1 Leicester.
17:01 Kyle Naughton produces a cross, Joe Hart makes a save.
16:05 The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson, Andy King manages to make a clearance.
Correction - 14:13 GOAL - Carlos Tevez:Man City 1 - 0 Leicester A goal is scored by Carlos Tevez from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Leicester.
14:13 Assist on the goal came from Pablo Zabaleta.
14:13 GOAL - Carlos Tevez:Man City 1 - 0 Leicester Carlos Tevez finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Leicester.
12:08 The ball is sent over by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
9:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Lloyd Dyer. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
8:36 A cross is delivered by Paul Gallagher, Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
8:14 A cross is delivered by Richie Wellens, blocked by Joleon Lescott. The ball is crossed by Kyle Naughton, Joleon Lescott manages
to make a clearance.
5:18 Richie Wellens fouled by Patrick Vieira, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Gallagher
from left channel, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
4:28 Shot by Adam Johnson from 12 yards. Save by Chris Weale.
3:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Richie Wellens. Richie Wellens takes the free kick.
2:40 A cross is delivered by Lloyd Dyer, Andy King takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in. A cross is delivered by Paul Gallagher,
Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
2:35 The ball is swung over by Paul Gallagher.
1:57 The official flags Aleksandar Kolarov offside. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
0:15 Lloyd Dyer fouled by Adam Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Hobbs takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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