Vardy hits hat-trick as Leicester put five past Man City

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Jamie Vardy completes his hat-trick against Manchester CitySunday's defeat was the first time Manchester City have conceded five goals in a home game since February 2003

Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester City inflicted a remarkable defeat on Manchester City to go top of the Premier League.

Despite going behind to a superb fourth-minute strike by former Foxes midfielder Riyad Mahrez, the visitors responded in stunning fashion.

Vardy levelled with a penalty before the break after he had been fouled by Kyle Walker, and he then sealed his second treble against Pep Guardiola's side from the spot, after he had cleverly turned home Timothy Castagne's cross to make it 2-1.

James Maddison scored for the first time since 1 January when he curled home a stunning fourth for Leicester.

And although Nathan Ake pulled one back with his first goal since a £40m summer move from Bournemouth, a third Leicester penalty - this time converted by Youri Tielemans because Vardy had already gone off - completed a memorable afternoon for Brendan Rodgers' Foxes, who have started a top-flight season with three successive wins for the first time.

In contrast, Guardiola was suffering his worst home defeat as City boss, with his team now in the bottom half of the table.

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Fearsome Vardy

For most of the opening period, the possibility of Leicester returning to the top of the table appeared remote.

But with Vardy they always have a chance. Even at the age of 33, the striker remains frighteningly fast.

Walker is no slouch but the England right-back was panicked into making a rash challenge when the Leicester forward got ahead of him inside the box. Vardy's powerful spot-kick gave Ederson no chance of keeping it out.

His second penalty was equally emphatic after another City defender, Eric Garcia, had got himself into the wrong position as he tried to challenge Vardy.

In between, Vardy tucked home a poacher's effort Leicester's most celebrated old boy, Gary Lineker, would have been proud of. The supplier was Castagne, who is turning into a very astute purchase, given how willing the Belgian is to push forward from his right-back role as manager Rodgers demands.

Maddison's return adds the dimension the Foxes lacked so badly as their 2019-20 season petered out into a relatively disappointing fifth-place finish.

The only sour note for the visitors were injuries to midfielder Dennis Praet and defender Jonny Evans.

The latter in particular may prompt some hard thinking among the Leicester hierarchy, given they had a £30m bid for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski turned down on Friday.

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Manchester City

Squad number31Player nameEderson

Squad number2Player nameWalker

Squad number50Player nameGarcía

Squad number6Player nameAké

Squad number22Player nameMendy

Squad number25Player nameFernandinho

Squad number16Player nameRodri

Squad number26Player nameMahrez

Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne

Squad number47Player nameFoden

Squad number7Player nameSterling

Squad number21Player nameTorres

Squad number48Player nameDelap

Leicester City

Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

Squad number27Player nameCastagne

Squad number18Player nameAmartey

Squad number6Player nameEvans

Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü

Squad number2Player nameJustin

Squad number26Player namePraet

Squad number8Player nameTielemans

Squad number24Player nameMendy

Squad number15Player nameBarnes

Squad number9Player nameVardy

Squad number10Player nameMaddison

Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

Squad number28Player nameFuchs

Line-ups

Man City

31Ederson2Walker50García6AkéBooked at 60mins22Mendy25FernandinhoSubstituted forDelapat 51'minutes16Rodri26Mahrez17De Bruyne47FodenSubstituted forTorresat 64'minutes7Sterling

Substitutes

11Zinchenko13Steffen14Laporte21Torres48Delap69Doyle80Palmer

Leicester

1Schmeichel27Castagne18AmarteyBooked at 51mins6EvansSubstituted forFuchsat 80'minutes4SöyüncüBooked at 47mins2Justin26PraetSubstituted forMaddisonat 69'minutes8TielemansBooked at 22mins24Mendy15Barnes9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

10Maddison11Albrighton12Ward14Iheanacho17Pérez20Choudhury28Fuchs

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, Leicester City 5.

90'+5'

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Leicester City 5.

90'+2'

Offside, Leicester City. James Justin tries a through ball, but Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.

90'+1'

Attempt missed. Ferran Torres (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

88'

Goal! Manchester City 2, Leicester City 5. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

86'

Penalty conceded by Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

86'

Penalty Leicester City. James Maddison draws a foul in the penalty area.

86'

Foul by Rodrigo (Manchester City).

86'

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85'

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Jamie Vardy.

84'

Goal! Manchester City 2, Leicester City 4. Nathan Aké (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

84'

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jamie Vardy.

84'

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83'

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83'

Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).

81'

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ferran Torres.

81'

Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

80'

Substitution, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs replaces Jonny Evans because of an injury.

79'

Hand ball by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

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