Iheanacho hat-trick as Leicester crush Sheffield Utd

LEICESTER, MAR 14 (AGENCIES/IANS) | Publish Date: 3/14/2021 1:51:58 PM IST

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a superb hat-trick as Leicester City crushed bottom side Sheffield United 5-0 on Sunday to move second in the Premier League table. Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder left the club late on Saturday and coach Paul Heckingbottom, who will take charge until the end of the season, had no time to fix the team’s defensive frailty and toothless attack.

Leicester went ahead in the 39th minute when Jamie Vardy latched on to a clever pass and his perfect centre left Iheanacho with the simple tap-in.

Ayoze Perez added the second in the 64th minute with a low shot, Vardy again assisted Iheanacho for another simple finish and the Nigerian saved the best for last, firing home a powerful left-foot shot in the 78th minute to complete his first Premier League hat-trick.

A Vardy shot was turned into his own net by Ethan Ampadu to complete the rout as Leicester climbed up to the second spot on 56 points after 29 games, two ahead of Manchester United who plays West Ham United later on Sunday. Sheffield United remained bottom on 14 points, 14 behind Newcastle United in 17th place.

City cruise to win, Chelsea held by Leeds
Manchester City strengthened their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-0 win away to relegation-threatened Fulham that lifts them 17 points clear of Manchester United. Although the game was 0-0 at halftime, Manchester City rapidly imposed themselves in the second half with John Stones putting them ahead just over a minute into the second half. Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 just 10 minutes later following a defensive mix-up and Sergio Aguero added a third from the penalty spot with half an hour left to play. Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw away to Leeds United in a slightly surprising result - not because of Chelsea, who have now kept 10 clean sheets in Thomas Tuchel’s 12 games in charge - but because it is only the second 0-0 draw involving Leeds this season.
Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-1: Arsenal were much the better team for all bar the last 10 minutes, when they were a bag of nerves. Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette scored the goals, though the game belonged to Erik Lamela: he came on for Son in the first half, gave Spurs the lead with a glorious rabona and was then sent off.

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