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Vardy ends scoring drought with treble

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Leicester's Jamie Vardy ( left) beats Manchester City's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to score his second and his side's third against Manchester City during the English Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Jamie Vardy and Leicester embarrassed Manchester City to rediscover the look of champions.

City's defence disintegrated as Vardy's hat-trick powered Leicester to a 4-2 win that delivered an emphatic response to the team's critics on yesterday in the English Premier League.

With his first treble since his days playing for Fleetwood in the fifth tier in 2012, Vardy ended a 17-game goal drought in all club competitions.

"We just wanted to make sure you saw the team fight for the cause," Vardy said. "We have definitely done that."

The striker took only three minutes to rediscover his scoring touch against Pep Guardiola's side and Leicester were on target again inside two minutes through Andy King. Both of City's goals only came once Vardy had eased Leicester into a four-goal lead, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito scoring in the last eight minutes.

On a weekend when Leicester faced the possibility of dropping into the relegation zone of the league it won in May, Claudio Ranieri's team halted a five-game winless run and moved four points clear of danger.

City remain four points behind leaders Arsenal in fourth place, but have collected only 12 points from a possible 27 in their last nine games.

There wasn't only a feast of goals at the King Power Stadium. It was the first time in 23 years that six home teams scored three goals on a single day in the league, according to stats company Opta.

ARSENAL 3 STOKE 1

Arsenal nudged ahead of Chelsea into top spot on goal difference, ahead of their London rival's game against West Bromwich Albion today.

Arsenal kept their nerve after conceding Charlie Adam's 29th-minute penalty. Theo Walcott levelled before halftime, Mesut Ozil's looping header put Arsene Wenger's side in front, and Alex Iwobi slotted in a third.

SWANSEA 3 SUNDERLAND 0

Swansea are out of the relegation zone after Bob Bradley won for only the second time in eight matches in charge. All the goals came in the second half, with Gylfi Sigurdsson netting from a penalty before a double from Fernando Llorente. Although Sunderland are bottom, Swansea are only a point ahead in 17th place.

Other results: Burnley 3 Bournemouth 2; Watford 3 Everton 2; Hull 3 Crystal Palace 3.