Newcastle United 0:3 Leicester City
On an incredible day for Leicester fans Jamie Vardy equalled the record of ten Premier League goals in consecutive games, and City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James Park.
With Vardy recovering from the injury that kept him out of last week’s England games, Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Ulloa in for Schlupp.
City stamped their authority on the game from the early stages but couldn’t convert their chances.
Vardy’s darting run down the left saw his shot blocked, while a fine save from Elliott denied Ulloa from close in.
United rarely threatened Schmeichel’s goal, and Perez fired a rare chance well over.
Five minutes before the break Vardy forced a good save from Elliott, and then Ulloa headed just over from the resulting corner.
It looked as though the sides would go in goalless at half-time, but Vardy struck with the last attack of the half to spark wild scenes of celebration in the away section way up in the huge Leazes Stand.
Vardy charged down the left, and found Ulloa with a pass. The Argentinian returned it with a perfect pass and Vardy timed his run beautifully to beat the offside trap. He then cut inside Sissoko before firing a low shot just inside Elliott’s near post, equalling Ruud van Nistilrooy’s record of ten goals in ten successive Premier League games.
City continued to press forward in the second half and Vardy almost got another on the hour when he seized on a great ball from Mahrez but saw his fierce shot smack against the bar.
Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Mahrez took his time to deliver a perfect cross that picked out an unmarked Ulloa at the far post and his diving header beat the exposed Elliott.
United’s first on-target effort from Wijnaldum was then cleared off the line by Drinkwater.
Vardy then ran almost the length of the field and bore down on goal but showed too much of the ball to Elliott, who came smartly off his line.
Ranieri brought Okazaki on for Ulloa and then King replaced Vardy who was given an ovation not only from the away fans but also the sporting home crowd.
Albrighton and Mahrez both had near misses, but City were not to be denied a third goal.
In the 83rd minute Albrighton found Mahrez in the area but his shot was saved by Elliott. The ball looped into the air and landed in front of Okazaki a yard out. He missed his first header, sent his second into the ground and then, third time lucky, prodded the ball over the line with a grin as wide as the Tyne.
The final whistle confirmed City’s position at the summit of English football, but Claudio Ranieri still had his feet on the ground: “We’re top of the league but it’s not important now. I want to see the horses at the end of the race. Now is not important. What’s important for us is we have 28 fewer points to achieve our goal [of 40 points]. Now we are very focused on our goal.”
Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote (Thauvin (20), Wijnaldum, Perez (de Jong 81), Mitrovic (Cisse 62). Subs Not Used: Gouffran, Lascelles, Woodman, Sherry.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Dyer 88), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa (Okazaki 72), Vardy (King 77). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Schlupp, Schwarzer, Inler.
Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 50,151.
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