Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City: Vardy makes history in romp

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Leicester City is for real, and so is Jamie Vardy‘s place in history.

The Foxes’ striker scored in his 10th-straight game, and Claudio Ranieri‘s men stayed Top Four by bamboozling Newcastle United at St. James Park to the tune of 3-0 on Saturday.

Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa also scored for Leicester, which now has 28 points on the season. That’s good for first place, 16 slots ahead of Newcastle (10 points).

Riyad Mahrez was again a dynamo for Leicester City.

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Newcastle’s defense was forced into duty twice in the eighth minute, with Vurnon Anita blocking a point-blank five-yard shot before goalkeeper Rob Elliot laid out to snare the rebound attempt.

Otherwise, the Magpies had control of the match’s first few stanzas, and earned a 10th minute free kick from 30 yards out.

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Florian Thauvin came on for an injured Cheick Tiote, and along with Daryl Janmaat whipped in crosses and corners like they were going out of style. But Leicester’s big defense was well-positioned to deal with most of the Magpies’ aerial threats.

Vardy almost made history in the 41st minute, when Mahrez slipped the English forward past Chancel Mbemba, but Elliot made a sliding save to force a corner.

And then he did it, working a 1-2 with Leonardo Ulloa in the 18 and cutting around an out-of-sorts Moussa Sissoko before neatly hitting a low ball near post.

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The Foxes’ forward can now make history at King Power Stadium against van Nistelrooy’s Manchester United next week.

The second half again saw Newcastle on the front foot, but Leicester countered quite well. Vardy cranked a shot off the crossbar in the 61st minute.

The second goal came less than a minute later, as Ulloa was left unmarked at the back post to head a gorgeous Mahrez cross past Elliot.

Leicester added to Newcastle’s home misery when Shinji Okazaki tapped in a goalmouth mess in the 83rd minute.