Vardy fires Le­ices­ter to easy vic­tory

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Le­ices­ter closed the gap on English Premier League (EPL) leader Liver­pool as Jamie Vardy ex­tended his red-hot streak with a brace in Sun­day's record-break­ing 4-1 rout of As­ton Villa.

Bren­dan Rodgers' sec­ond­placed side moved within eight points of Liver­pool thanks to goals from Vardy, Kelechi Iheana­cho and Jonny Evans at Villa Park.

Jack Gre­al­ish had re­duced the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half, but Le­ices­ter cruised to an eighth con­sec­u­tive topflight vic­tory, set­ting a new club record that smashed the pre­vi­ous best from the 196263 sea­son. Vardy has now scored in eight con­sec­u­tive EPL ap­pear­ances and is the com­pe­ti­tion's top-scorer with 16 goals this term.

The 32 year old striker's blis­ter­ing run has given him a chance of equalling his se­quence of scor­ing in 11 suc­ces­sive matches dur­ing Le­ices­ter's 2016 ti­tle-win­ning cam­paign. Le­ices­ter's surge up the ta­ble, af­ter 12 wins from its last 14 league games, has made it un­ex­pected ti­tle con­tenders again and leaves it in po­si­tion to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League.

Other re­sults: New­cas­tle 2 Southamp­ton 1, Nor­wich 1 Sh­effield 2, Brighton 2 Wolves 2.

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