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Foxes thrash Villa to cut the gap at the top to eight

Jamie Vardy, Leicester cIty
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Leicester City thrashes Aston Villa 1-4 at Villa Park to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool to eight points.

A Jamie Vardy inspired win helped Leicester cement their second-place spot in the Premier League, and close the gap on table-toppers, Liverpool.

Vardy opened the scoring for the Foxes in the 20th minute, after receiving a well-placed pass from Iheanacho.

He left an injured Tyrone Mings struggling to keep up, as he rounded Villa goalie Heaton.

0-1 to Leicester City, and it was the eighth consecutive match Vardy had now scored in.

Mings was substituted immediately after the goal.

21 minutes later and the roles were reversed.

This time the assist came from Vardy and it was Iheanacho who got the goal to double their lead.

But Villa captain Jack Grealish wasn’t willing to surrender just yet.

He snatched back a goal before the half time which gave the host some hope before the half time interval.

Haltime score: Aston Villa 1 – 2 Leicester City.

The revival was short-lived though, four minutes after the restart and it was Villa 1 – 3 Leicester.

Former Manchester United man Jonny Evans got his head on the end of a corner, to restore Leicester’s two-goal advantage.

Even though the points were apparently secured, Brendan Rodger’s men did not relent.

In the 75th minute, Vardy got his second and his side’s fourth to wrap things up. A through ball from Praet made it a goal a game for Vardy this season in the league.

Many are saying the title race is over, and Liverpool already has their name on the trophy.

But apparently nobody has told their former manager Brendan Rodgers. Whose side seems intent on hunting down the runaway leaders and definitely not giving up just yet.

Manchester City now finds themselves in the third six points behind Leicester and 14 behind Liverpool.