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Vardy rediscovers scoring touch to boost Leicester's Champions League hopes


Jamie Vardy rediscovered his goal-scoring touch as Leicester destroyed West Brom to set up a mouth-watering finale to a memorable season.

Brendan Rodgers’ men returned to action after reaching the FA Cup final by beating Southampton last weekend.

And there was no let up whatsoever as City kept their foot on the accelerator as they storm towards a top four finish too.

Rampant Leicester led 3-0 at the break against 19th-placed West Brom, whose recent revival scarcely seemed believable on this evidence.

Perhaps Albion should have known they were in for a torrid night after Mbaye Diagne’s astonishing air-shot early on.



Jamie Vardy scored just his second goal of 2021 to give Leicester the lead
Jamie Vardy scored just his second goal of 2021 to give Leicester the lead

Vardy showed no sign of rustiness though with a clinical finish to open the scoring in the 23rd minute with just his second goal this year.

Former Baggies defender Jonny Evans headed a quick-fire second before in-form Kelechi Iheanacho also notched in the first half.

It could have been even worse for Albion who are nine points from safety with a shocking goal difference and look doomed.

Yet Leicester appear set for Champions League qualification as they consolidated third.

There were no repeat of the nerves , frailties or injuries which cost Rodgers’ men last term in the run-in.



Jonny Evans scored the second with a powerful header
Jonny Evans scored the second with a powerful header

West Brom were unchanged after beating Southampton 3-0 for a second successive win.

While Leicester made two changes from their Wembley win as they recalled James Maddison and Luke Thomas.

They almost took the lead in the second minute when Iheanacho did well to rob a dithering Conor Townsend.

The in-form striker raced clear on goal but took a heavy touch which allowed keeper Sam Johnstone to force him wide.

The forward then had a shot which Johnstone did well to block as Leicester blew the golden chance.



Kelechi Iheanacho continued his fine scoring form with another goal
Kelechi Iheanacho continued his fine scoring form with another goal

But West Brom also had a superb early chance when Matheus Pereira picked out Diagne from Matt Phillips’ cross.

Yet the Senegal forward, who has two goals since joining on loan in January from Galatasaray, missed the ball completely with his effort.

Albion were made to pay a heavy price as Leicester then scored twice in quick succession.

First Vardy ran on to Timothy Castagne’s unselfish lay-off from Youri Tielemans’ defence-splitting pass to end an 11-game drought.

The striker buried a first time right-foot finish to open the scoring after beating the offside trap.

Then the Foxes doubled their lead three minutes later when Evans charged in at the back post to head in Tielemans’ near post corner which was helped on inadvertently off Phillips.



It was a torrid night for West Brom
It was a torrid night for West Brom

With Albion losing their heads in a torrid spell, Castagne also lashed a shot against the post.

Yet the hosts were not to be denied as Iheanacho made it 3-0 in the 36th minute with a composed close-range finish from Vardy’s excellent run and cut-back.

It was the striker’s 13th goal of 2021 – second to only Harry Kane, who has 15.

Unimpressed Albion boss Allardyce sent on defender Semi Ajayi at the break.

His side improved but never looked capable of salvaging anything and it was just damage limitation.





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