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    Vardy nets treble in six-goal thriller





    Jamie Vardy ended his 10-match run without a goal as he scored his first ever Premier League hat-trick as Leicester City thumped Manchester City.

    Vardy opened the scoring with a cool finish inside three minutes, with Andy King netting a spectacular effort two minutes later as Manchester City were left stunned.

    Vardy was on target again before the break and completed a horrendous evening for City as he finished from a narrow angle after an under-hit back pass from John Stones.

    City scored twice late on through Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito, but they were mere consolations as reigning champions Leicester ended a run of five games without a Premier League win in spectacular fashion.

    City have lost back-to-back Premier League games for the first time under Spaniard Pep Guardiola and remain in fourth position in the league. 

    The Foxes started spectacularly, with Vardy netting calmly past Claudio Bravo in the third minute after brilliant work from fellow strike partners Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani.

    City were rattled, and Leicester struck again in the fifth minute through Welshman Andy King. City failed to clear a long throw into the box and Slimani was on hand again to cushion the ball to the onrushing King who fired into the top corner from 20 yards which sent the King Power stadium wild.

    City began to work themselves back into the game and had 80% of the possession, but it was Leicester who scored again with a lightning quick counter attack. It came from a long ball forward to silky winger Mahrez who produced a magical first time through ball to Vardy, who coolly rounded Bravo and slotted into the empty net.

    Without top scorer Aguero, who is banned for four matches, City were toothless in attack in the first half, with the Argentine’s replacement Kelechi Iheanacho being isolated up front.

    City were unlucky not to be a given a penalty at the end of the half when Robert Huth hauled down Englishman John Stones in the box, but the appeals were waved away by referee Michael Oliver.

    Pep Guardiola’s side emerged from the break on the front foot, and missed narrowly through curling efforts from Ilkay Gundogan and Pablo Zabaleta. City again had majority of the possession, but could not find a way to unlock the determined Leicester backline.

    Vardy completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute after a poor back pass from Stones put him through on goal as he rounded Bravo and prodded the ball towards goal from an extremely narrow angle. The luck was in his favour as the ball cannoned off the inside of the post and trickled over the goal line.

    City managed to pull a goal back in the 81st minute through an exquisite free kick from the left foot of Kolarov which nestled into the top right corner beyond the sprawling Zieler.

    The goal seemed to dishearten the Leicester defence, who had worked tirelessly to attempt to keep a clean sheet, whereas City seemed to have found some confidence in front of goal.

    City scored again in the 89th minute and it was Kolarov at the heart of the goal again as he delivered a powerful low cross onto the boot of Nolito who swept the ball into the bottom corner.

    The King Power became rather anxious and we may well have experienced one of the best comebacks of all time had Nolito converted in the 90th minute as he fired just wide of the post.

    Leicester managed to hang on for a vital three points as the Champions cruised to victory with only 22% possession. Claudio Ranieri's men move up to 14th in the table.


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