Jamie Vardy’s sixteenth league goal gives Leicester City victory at Villa Park

Leicester closed the gap on table leaders, Liverpool, as Jamie Vardy extended his goal with a brace in 4-1 over Aston Villa.
Brendan Rodgers’ side moved within eight points of Liverpool with goals coming from Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Jonny Evans at Villa Park.
Jack Grealish had the score to reduce the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half, but Leicester cruised to an eighth consecutive top-flight victory, setting a new club record that broke the past best from the 1962-63 season.
Vardy has now found the net in eight consecutive Premier League matches and is the league top-scorer with 16 goals.
The 32-year-old striker’s impressive run has given him a chance to equal his sequence of scoring in 11 successive matches during Leicester’s 2016 title-winning season.
Leicester have recorded 12 wins from their last 14 league games, which has made them unexpected title contenders once again and puts them in position to qualify for Champions League.
The acid test of Leicester City’s credentials will come with successive fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool this Christmas.
Vardy maintained his superb form to put Leicester ahead in the 21st minute.
He latched onto a beautiful pass from Iheanacho and, with the injured Tyrone Mings unable to get back, Vardy had the space to round goalkeeper Heaton before stumbling over the ball.
Quickly recovering his footing, he glided past Ezri Konsa to slot home.
After coming on to bag the winner against Everton last Sunday, Iheanacho struck again in the 41st minute.
Linked up by a sweeping Leicester move, James Maddison surged into the Villa box and delivered an excellent cross that Iheanacho scored from close-range.
Grealish gave the host a lifeline in first-half stoppage-time when he shot past Kasper Schmeichel after Leicester failed to clear.
However, Evans restored Leicester’s two-goal advantage in the 49th minute when the defender met Maddison’s corner with a powerful header for his first goal since February.
Vardy sealed the victory in the 75th minute as he raced clear of the Villa defence to the ball past Heaton.

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