Thursday, 27 February 2020

Leicester Storm Back to Beat Villa and Go Second

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  • Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring a goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at the King Power stadium in Leicester (9/21). Promoted Leicester City, trailing 3-1 with 30 minutes to go, fought back to beat Manchester United 5-3 on Sunday. REUTERS/Darren Staples

    Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring a goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at the King Power stadium in Leicester (9/21). Promoted Leicester City, trailing 3-1 with 30 minutes to go, fought back to beat Manchester United 5-3 on Sunday. REUTERS/Darren Staples

    TEMPO.CO, London - Leicester City staged a thrilling comeback from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and go second in the Premier League table on Sunday, scoring three times in 17 minutes.

    Substitute Nathan Dyer's brave header, seven minutes after Jamie Vardy's 82nd minute equaliser, completed the turnaround to leave Leicester with 11 points from five matches, four behind Manchester City who still boast a 100 percent record.

    Leicester are now unbeaten in nine Premier League games stretching back to last season's escape from relegation while shell-shocked Villa languish on four points.

    Tottenham Hotspur claimed their first win of the season thanks to Ryan Mason's late winner in a 1-0 win at Sunderland although he was then carried off on a stretcher.

    The win lifted Spurs to 12th in the table and dropped champions Chelsea, beaten 3-1 at Everton on Saturday, down to 17th and in danger of falling into the bottom three when Newcastle United play at West Ham United on Monday.

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri praised his side's spirit after goals from Jack Grealish shortly before halftime and Carles Gil's superb curled finish just past the hour seemed to have put visitors Villa in control.

    "It's fantastic, fantastic spirit, good character," former Chelsea manager Ranieri told Sky Sports. "After we went 2-0 down I looked at them and I could see they believed anything was still possible... that's what I love."

    Grealish stroked home his first Villa goal when the ball came out to him on the edge of the area.

    Leicester pushed Villa back throughout the second half but a lightning counter-attack in the 63rd minute ended with Gil wrapping his left foot around the ball to give Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel no chance.

    REUTERS