Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City: Mahrez hat trick sends Foxes top

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  • Mahrez bags hat trick
  • Vardy’s scoring streak over
  • Leicester top of the PL
  • No win in five for Swans

Leicester City beat Swansea City 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with Riyad Mahrez scoring a hat trick to send the Foxes to the top of the Premier League table.

Mahrez scored twice in the first half and then added another in the second as Leicester put Swansea to the sword.

Claudio Ranieri‘s side now have 32 points after 15 games this season, while Garry Monk‘s Swansea are now winless in five as their struggles continue.

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The Foxes went ahead inside the first five minutes as Fuchs come close to heading in a corner but the missed the ball and it hit Mahrez on the back and went in. 1-0 to Leicester.

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Leicester went so close to doubling their lead soon after as a long ball over the top found Vardy but Lukasz Fabianski saved well as the red-hot striker closed in on goal.

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Soon after it was 2-0 as Kante’s superb pass in behind Swansea’s defense found Mahrez who beat the offside trap. 2-0 to Leicester with 20 minutes gone. It could have been three for Leicester and Mahrez soon after but Fabianski again saved Swansea’s blushes as Monk’s side were all over the place.

Leonardo Ulloa should have made it 3-0 before the break but he curled an effort wide of the post with Swansea’s defense at sixes and sevens.

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The home side started the second half well with a combination of Ki and his marker heading the ball against the crossbar. Despite the Swans improving in the second half, Leicester looked increasingly dangerous on the break.

That was exactly how Mahrez and Leicester grabbed their third as Kante played in Vardy who squared the ball to the Algerian international to make it 3-0. Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson went close for the hosts — the latter hitting the post — and Vardy missed two glorious chances to extend his scoring streak to 12-straight games but his glorious run was halted.

Vardy won’t mind one bit as Leicester’s fairytale season continues with the Foxes on top of the PL table.

Watch Live: PL Asia Trophy – Newcastle v. West Ham, Man City v. Wolves

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Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers aim to collect a bit of silverware on the second Premier League Asia Trophy match day of the summer.

But first, a pair of Uniteds look to get off the map after beatdowns in their tournament openers.

Newcastle United and West Ham United were both walloped in Nanjing, and old hands Steve Bruce and Manuel Pellegrini would be happy to massage a victory out of their men.

Then Pep Guardiola and PL champions City get a taste of Wolves before their Oct. 5 meeting in league play.

Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s games in Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium.

Newcastle United v. West Ham United – 5 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Man City v. Wolves – 7:30 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.