A wonder-goal from England striker Jamie Vardy helped prolong Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League title challenge as they defeated Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
Vardy scored both of the Foxes’ goals, taking his tally to 18, and the first was a stunning strike from the right-hand corner of the penalty area that capped another astonishing night for his team.
That goal, on the hour-mark, was followed by a close-range goal 11 minutes later that gave Leicester a deserved win and maintained their three-point lead at the top of the table.
Leicester might have claimed the lead inside the opening minute when Liverpool handed possession to the hosts and Riyad Mahrez picked up the ball.
He progressed to the edge of the penalty area with minimal resistance before bending a shot narrowly off target.
They went even closer in the ninth minute when Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was robbed in midfield by Shinji Okazaki and referee Andre Marriner allowed play to continue despite appeals for a free-kick.
The Japan international fed Vardy and raced to the far post to meet his team-mate’s cross, but his header was pushed over the bar brilliantly by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made an equally fine save moments later from a shot by Emre Can, but an offside flag had been raised against the Liverpool midfielder.
A fine touch from Mahrez from Christian Fuchs’s dipping pass then gave the Algerian another shooting opportunity, but Mignolet was equal to his 20-yard effort.
Liverpool attempted to catch Leicester out with a short corner in the 18th minute, but after working the ball to Lucas Leiva, they saw his cross fly horribly into the stand behind Schmeichel’s goal.
Leicester continued to hold sway with Vardy to the fore and his persistence won a corner from which they could have tested Mignolet.
Fuchs’s delivery found Robert Huth, but the defender headed over.
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