Premier League: Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez register hat-trick as Leicester City thrases Southampton 9-0
Publish Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2019 11:59 AM IST
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Leicester City on Friday defeated Southampton 9-0 to record their biggest English top-flight away game at a rain-affected St. Mary stadium and reach to the second spot in the premier league table. The previous record was eight goals that were held jointly by three EPL clubs.
Leicester City skipper Jamie Vardy (45', 58', 90'+4) and Ayoze Perez (19' + 39' + 57') scored hat-trick. The foxes racked up five goals in the first half of a league match for the first time since 1984. while Chilwell, Maddison and Tielemans also managed to score one goal each.
The record surpassed Manchester United's 1995 record who had scored eight goals (8-1) in an away game against Nottingham Forest in 1999. It was also the first instance when a team crashed a home side by that many goals in the opening period of a Premier League game since Man City beat Burnley 6-1 in April 2020.
The 2016 champions moved up to 20 points from 10 games to reach above top teams like Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. Leicester City is now only five points behind league leaders Liverpool.
However, despite winning the match by a huge margin, Liverpool can still be caught by ruling champions Manchester City, who are likely to win back the second spot if they defeat Aston Villa on Saturday.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said that he asked players to speed up their game and punish them.
Ben Chilwell began the destruction in the 10th minute via a VAR goal to open the floodgates.
"It was an embarrassing performance, the stuff of nightmare and especially playing at home," Saints' Nathan Redmond told Sky Sports.
In Matchweek-10, Manchester City, Everton, Watford, Bournemouth, West Ham, Sheffield United, Burnley and Chelsea will be seen in action later today.
Posted By: James Kuanal