Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa: Vardy comes off the bench to score brace and lead Foxes to important win | Futaa.com South Africa
Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa: Vardy comes off the bench to score brace and lead Foxes to important win
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Leicester 4-0 Aston Villa: Vardy comes off the bench to score brace and lead Foxes to important win

Leicester boosted their hopes of clinching a Champions League ticket with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night at the King Power Stadium. 

In a slippery night due to the light rains, Leicester took a first-half lead through Harvey Barnes, before Jamie Vardy stepped off the bench to grab a brace and end his goal drought.

Barnes then added a fourth late on as Brendan Rodgers' men romped to an easy win. 

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Vardy started on the bench with Kelechi Iheanacho leading the Foxes' attack, while Barnes and Albrighton manned the wings.

James Maddison and Praet played behind the Nigerian, while Ndidi played in the hole just in front of the defense. 

Villa, on the other hand, named a strong starting lineup, with Samatta leading the lines. 

Action

Aston Villa started the match on the front foot right from the whistle, pressing the hosts with quick attacks led by Jack Grealish and Mbwana Samatta, with the latter coming close on the eighth minute.

The hosts, however, got a foothold of the game and made two quick attacks, first Barnes heading wide of the left post before Jonny Evans tested Pepe Reina with a powerful header from a corner kick. 

Just on the quarter-hour mark, Caglar Soyuncu rose above Villa's defense to meet a corner kick but directed his header just a few inches over the bar.

Iheanacho then missed a glorious chance to put his side in front following a precise cross into the box, his header going inches wide of the left post. 

The hosts were not to be kept out for long though as Barnes gave them the lead with five minutes to go. 

The winger ran on to a clever pass from Marc Albrighton and found himself one-on-one with Pepe Reina who mistimed the ball and got off his line, finishing nicely into the back of the net to give them the lead going into the break. 

second half

Leicester came back for the second half with real intent and went close to adding to their tally twice with Iheanacho and Evans missing two open chances. 

Jamie Vardy then replaced the Nigerian, and he immediately added a second from the spot following a handball inside the box and end his scoring drought. 

James Maddison then appealed for a penalty on the 63rd minute after he went down inside the box, but the referee waved play on. 

With 10 minutes to go, Vardy took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to calmly slot the ball into the bottom left corner of the net for Leicester's third and his second of the night. 

It got worse for the Villains as Barnes added a fourth with five minutes to go, rounding off a perfect team move with a hard shot into the bottom left corner to give his side a 4-0 win. 

The Foxes toyed with their opponents for the remaining minutes as they picked an important win, further sinking them into the relegation zone.