27.6 C
Manila
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
 
Home Sports Top Sports Leicester thrashes Southampton, 9-0

Leicester thrashes Southampton, 9-0

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Leicester City went into the Premier League record books on Friday (Saturday in Manila) with a 9-0 hammering of Southampton that equaled the biggest ever win in the history of the division.

Southampton’s English midfielder James Ward-Prowse (left) vies with Leicester City’s Spanish striker Ayoze Perez during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on Saturday. AFP PHOTO

Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both hit hat-tricks as Brendan Rodgers’ side moved second with a huge win that continued their superb start to the season.


The rout equalled Manchester United’s 9-0 demolition of Ipswich at Old Trafford in March 1995.

Leicester are just five points behind league leaders Liverpool, who host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, after a historic display that sank the Saints, who drop into the relegation zone on goal difference, at a soaking wet St Mary’s Stadium.

However, despite the massive margin of victory they can still be caught by reigning champions Manchester City, who will retake second spot should they win as expected against Aston Villa on Saturday.

“We said at half time, keep your speed in the game and we have to punish them,” said Rodgers.

“This is part of our education. We have to come out of the boy zone and play like men and respect the game. They are very talented and learning to be ruthless.”

Ben Chilwell began the destruction in the 10th minute when he tapped in on the rebound, and Ryan Bertrand’s red card — awarded via VAR for a late tackle on Ayoze Perez in the build-up to the opener — helped the away side open the floodgates.

Quickfire strikes from Youri Tielemans and Perez put Leicester three goals to the good with less than 20 minutes gone amid a downpour on the south coast.

Perez struck again seven minutes before the break from a Chilwell cross to make it four before Vardy scored his first of the evening as Leicester racked up five goals in the first half of a league match for the first time since 1984.

It was also the first time that a side had crashed home that many goals in the opening period of a Premier League game since Manchester City beat Burnley 6-1 in April 2010.

That didn’t stop Leicester from raining down goals on Southampton however, with two coming within a minute just before the hour mark.

First Perez completed his treble after collecting Hervey Barnes’ superb lofted through ball in the 57th minute, and Vardy headed home from another precise Chilwell cross seconds later.

James Maddison made it a record-breaking away scoreline with five minutes remaining when he swung home a perfect free-kick that zipped past the desperate Angus Gunn.

And Vardy sealed Leicester’s place in the record books with his ninth of the season deep into stoppage, firing home a penalty that also took him top of the Premier League scoring charts with nine goals after he was brought down by Jan Bednarek.

“It was an embarrassing performance, the stuff of nightmare and especially playing at home,” Saints’ Nathan Redmond told Sky Sports. AFP

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

With its biggest one-day jump yet, New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus officially eclipsed the number of those killed at the World...

New York virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

NEW YORK: New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, health...

PBA set to shorten season

SEASON 45 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), as expected, will be reduced to either a two-conference or one conference format due to the extended enhanced...

UAAP cancels remainder of Season 82

THE University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) cancelled the remainder of its Season 82 tournaments following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine...

Govt approves P5-B amelioration fund for formal workers

THE government has earmarked P5 billion for the social amelioration program for formal workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the...

Today's Front Page