Aston Villa vs. Leicester City - Football Match Report

Tanya Simon
December 8, 2019

The former England global bagged a brace to net for an eighth straight game and ensure the Foxes closed the gap on the Reds at the top to eight points.

Jack Grealish had reduced the deficit to 2-1 late in the first half, but Leicester cruised to an eighth consecutive top-flight victory, setting a new club record that smashed the previous best from the 1962-63 season.

Newcastle fought back to make it two consecutive wins with a 2-1 success against Southampton.

Brendan Rodgers's team is 14 points ahead of Manchester United's fifth place in the Champions League qualifiers.

Aston Villa have won just four of their 16 games played and now sit in 17th place in the table - level on points with Southampton, who occupy the third relegation spot.

Before, the hosts remembered former boss Ron Saunders, who took them to the First Division title in 1981, after he died aged 87 on Saturday.

But in first-half stoppage time, Grealish, Villa's talismanic captain, struck a deflected shot that beat Kasper Schmeichel at the far post.

Caglar Soyuncu knocked James Maddison's deep free-kick back for Evans, who could only shoot straight at goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

What began as an end-to-end encounter in the torrential rain soon turned in the visitors' favour when Jamie Vardy opened the scoring on 20 minutes.

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Wesley lost the ball and the lewd Iheanacho pushed the striker in to run clear around Heaton.

The in-form Vardy miscued his kick when shaping to shoot but recovered to tap in, despite Konsa's efforts on the line.

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City scores his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on December 08, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The problems of Villa were partly due to their own needs, as center-back Tyrone Mings had already suffered a thigh injury and the defender was immediately replaced by Björn Engels.

Villa could not handle Vardy's pace and Iheanacho's movement.

Villa were guilty of over-playing when they did go forward and were punished four minutes before the break.

It was a bit of luck, but Leicester deserved to double his lead in the 41st game when Maddison crossed and Iheanacho came in from the near post.

Evans escaped Villa's defence and was left unmarked to thump in a brilliant header from Maddison's corner.

It when from bad to worse for Aston Villa when Vardy raced through on goal for the second time in the match, latching onto the end of Dennis Praet's through ball.

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