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Leeds United 1-4 Leicester City: Jamie Vardy inspires Foxes to go second with Elland Road win

Jamie Vardy inspired Leicester City to a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Leeds United on Monday Night Football to move the Foxes up to second in the Premier League.

First-half strikes from Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans saw the Foxes cruise into the break at Elland Road 2-0 up, though things could have been different had Patrick Bamford not squandered two gilt-edged opportunities.

Stuart Dallas grabbed a lifeline and Pablo Hernandez's rattled the crossbar for an improved Leeds after the break, but the hosts' hopes of a comeback were extinguished 14 minutes from time by Vardy's seventh league goal of the season, before Tielemans' added further gloss with stoppage-time penalty after a VAR review.

Leicester's fourth consecutive away victory lifts them up to second in the Premier League, a point off leaders Liverpool, while Leeds remain 12th in the table after losing back-to-back home games under Marcelo Bielsa for the first time.

Player ratings

Leeds: Meslier (6), Ayling (6), Koch (3), Cooper (5), Dallas (6), Klich (4), Shackleton (4), Costa (5), Harrison (6), Hernandez (6), Bamford (4).

Subs: Roberts (5), Poveda (6), Alioski (n/a),

Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Albrighton (7), Fofana (7), Fuchs (7), Thomas (6), Justin (6), Mendy (7), Praet (7), Tielemans (8), Barnes (8), Vardy (8).

Subs: Morgan (6), Maddison (7), Under (7).

Man of the Match: Jamie Vardy

How Foxes hit four to move second

It took Leicester just two minutes to take the lead, but they could have been behind before that. Jack Harrison's inch-perfect cross from the left found Bamford unmarked six yards out, but the in-form Leeds striker headed straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

Seventeen seconds later and Leicester were ahead. Robin Koch's poor back pass ran aground on the wet surface and Vardy pounced, rounding the on-rushing Illan Meslier before selflessly squaring for Barnes to stroke into the unguarded net.

 

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