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Sport Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester: Foxes cut gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool to eight points as Jamie Vardy double inspires Brendan Rodgers' side to stylish victory over hosts

18:25  08 december  2019
18:25  08 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A new club record for Leicester, another goal closer to his own record for Jamie Vardy, another indication that Aston Villa need to change the record if they are to avoid a long relegation battle.

This was Leicester's eighth consecutive league win – something they had never achieved before in the top flight – and the eighth game in a row in which Vardy has scored. Extend that run by four, and Vardy will surpass his own 11-game scoring streak, set in the title-winning year of 2015-16.

The picture remains rosy for Leicester, who are once more eight points behind Liverpool but – significantly – now six clear of Manchester City and nine above Chelsea. 

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a group of people watching a football ball: Leicester claimed their eighth consecutive league win with victory over Aston Villa © Provided by Daily Mail Leicester claimed their eighth consecutive league win with victory over Aston Villa

Thanks to two goals from Vardy and further strikes Kelechi Iheanacho – on his first league start of the campaign – and Jonny Evans, their claim to a Champions League spot next season grows stronger. Jack Grealish's strike in first-half stoppage time gave Villa hope, but only briefly. 

Whisper it, but at this stage of the season, Brendan Rodgers' team look even more impressive than the side who won the title under Claudio Ranieri and wrote one of the greatest stories in the history of the game.

That group relied on a rugged defence, protected by the extraordinary N'Golo Kante, and used the flair of Riyad Mahrez and the pace of Vardy to punish teams on the break. This squad have many more strings to their bow, and their Boxing Day clash with Liverpool at King Power Stadium is now a hugely enticing prospect.

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a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: But Aston Villa then suffered a blow with Tyrone Mings going down with a hamstring problem © Provided by Daily Mail But Aston Villa then suffered a blow with Tyrone Mings going down with a hamstring problem

What of Dean Smith's team? In their first fixture since their 1981 title-winning manager Ron Saunders passed away yesterday/on Saturday, Villa showed worrying traits: a wasteful attack, and a leaky defence. They also lost Tyrone Mings to what looked like a hamstring injury, and the delay to his substitution contributed to Vardy's opener.

Villa create plenty of decent openings, but their centre-forward, Wesley, still looks a fish out of water after joining from Club Brugge for £22million last summer. Smith's determination to play a progressive, attacking game means there are holes at the back, and too few of those responsible for filling them are doing so. More is needed in January if they are to move up the division.

With Iheanacho's inclusion, Rodgers switched to a diamond in midfield, with James Maddison playing off the two forwards.

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Jamie Vardy throwing a ball: The Premier League's top goalscorer notched his 15th goal of the season with the strike © Provided by Daily Mail The Premier League's top goalscorer notched his 15th goal of the season with the strike

The England midfielder was a constant menace, constantly eluding Marvelous Nakamba with his clever movement and dragging the Villa defence this way and that. His performance was matched only by that of the magnificent Ricardo Pereira, surely the best right-back in the division.

Yet it was the home side who created the best early chance. Dennis Praet failed to track Matt Targett's run from deep and when Grealish found the left-back, his low ball across goal was prodded against the bar by the fit-again Anwar El Ghazi.

a football player kicking a ball in front of a crowd: Vardy's strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho then doubled Leicester's lead with a near-post finish © Provided by Daily Mail Vardy's strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho then doubled Leicester's lead with a near-post finish

It proved a costly miss, as Leicester took the lead 10 minutes later – though it could surely have been prevented by more decisive work from the Villa management.

When Tyrone Mings grabbed his hamstring and fell to the floor after chasing Iheanacho for a long pass, he should have been substituted immediately. Yet after treatment from the physio, Mings was allowed to continue, and Villa paid the price when he was unable to sprint with Vardy on to Iheanacho's through ball.

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a crowd of people watching a football game: But right on half-time Jack Grealish halved the deficit with a deflected strike into the corner © Provided by Daily Mail But right on half-time Jack Grealish halved the deficit with a deflected strike into the corner

Vardy rounded Tom Heaton and though he miskicked the first time, Ezri Konsa slipped as he tried to reach the ball, giving Vardy a second chance that he did not waste. The forward had been taunted by the Holte End for his initial mistake and he did not let them forget it, standing in the net and holding his hands to his ears.

Before the goal, it had been an even contest, but now Villa did not know whether to stick or twist and Leicester, with Maddison and Youri Tielemans prominent, began to run the show. It was no surprise when they went two up four minutes before half-time, as Tielemans found Maddison in space again and Iheanacho squeezed between Konsa and Targett to divert the cross past Heaton at the near post.

Jonny Evans playing a game of frisbee in a field: Evans took advantage of some poor Villa defending from a corner to net his first of the season © Provided by Daily Mail Evans took advantage of some poor Villa defending from a corner to net his first of the season

Grealish was becoming increasingly frustrated, railing at the officials and even the Leicester bench, though he did bring Villa back into the match in first-half stoppage time with a firm right-foot finish that found the bottom corner via a slight deflection. Though Villa held their breath, VAR did not come to Leicester's rescue.

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That should have been the platform for Villa to fight back. Yet again, however, their defending let them down. Maddison guided a left-wing corner to the far post where Evans, unmarked, headed it back beyond Heaton.

a man on a football field: Vardy then made it 16 for the season with a fine finish following a swift break to seal the win © Provided by Daily Mail Vardy then made it 16 for the season with a fine finish following a swift break to seal the win

Four minutes into the second half, Leicester had struck the decisive blow, and they made it even more painful for Villa when Vardy raced on to Maddison's lofted pass, outpaced Targett and finished low into the corner. It is not Liverpool's title just yet.

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Stoppage time Iheanacho winner gifts Leicester late win over Everton .
Kelechi Iheanacho’s 94th minute winner secured Leicester all three points against Everton, with a goal that was initially ruled out for offside. Richarlison gave Everton the lead with just over 20 minutes played with a powerful close range header, before Jamie Vardy equalised for Leicester midway through the second half. Iheanacho then scored in the 94th minute, only for the goal to be disallowed by the assistant referee for offside and then given after a VAR review. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports UK Richarlison of Everton celebrates after he scores his sides first goal.

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