Leicester stun Man City in wild 5-2 win
MANCHESTER, England (AP) :
Jamie Vardy scored his second hat-trick of the season as Leicester came from behind to stun hosts Manchester City in a wild 5-2 win and collect a third straight victory to open the Premier League season yesterday.
City's defence couldn't handle the pace and movement of Vardy, who won two penalties -- converting both of them -- either side of a brilliant finish that saw him flick the ball home at the near post with a deft backheel.
Vardy also scored three goals against West Bromwich Albion on the opening weekend as he looks to back up a 2019-20 season, which he ended as the league's top scorer with 23 goals.
James Maddison added a fourth for Leicester at Etihad Stadium by curling a shot into the top corner from 25 metres (yards) as City backed off the substitute, and Youri Tielemans converted a third penalty for his team in the 87th -- by which time Vardy had been substituted.
Riyad Mahrez, a former Leicester player, gave City the lead in the fourth minute with an impressive strike, and Nathan Ake pulled a goal back in the 84th for City, who lacked a presence up front with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus missing.
It was a concerning display by Pep Guardiola's side, which was without a slew of key players through injury and issues related to COVID-19. It came six days after City looked so assured in beating Wolverhampton 3-1 in its first match of the season.