Jamie Vardy goes level with Ian Wright and Romelu Lukaku as he breaks into Premier League’s all-time top 20 goalscoring charts with Leicester’s win vs Brighton December 14, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Jamie Vardy broke into the Premier League’s all-time top 20 goalscoring charts as Leicester thrashed Brighton 3-0 on Sunday.
James Maddison opened the scoring for the Foxes, before Vardy got in on the act to double his side’s lead.
It was the striker’s 113th Premier League goal, taking him level with Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Maddison completed his brace to make it 3-0 before half-time with Leicester moving up to third in the table, a point behind leaders Tottenham.
It could have been a different story, however, after an open start to the match saw good chances at both ends.
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel did well to block Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s effort before then making another fine save with his leg when Danny Welbeck was through one-on-one.
Before that, Wilfred Ndidi and Maddison should both have worked Mathew Ryan but failed to hit the target, before Marc Albrighton stung the palms of the Brighton keeper.
After a frenetic first 10 minutes, the game settled. However, Leicester looked lively again as the midway point of the first half approached and a good spell of pressure resulted in the opening goal.
Maddison dragged another effort wide and Vardy cracked a shot against a post from a tight angle after the ball bounced loose inside the Brighton box.
The Foxes took the lead after 27 minutes when James Justin’s cross eluded Vardy and the ball dropped nicely for Maddison, whose shot looked to take a deflection past Ryan.
It would have been 2-0 had Ryan not got down quickly to make a brilliant save to deny Ayoze Perez from Justin’s cutback.
Lewis Dunk twice caused Leicester problems at set pieces in quick succession but each time he directed his header over the crossbar as Brighton looked for a response.
The Foxes got their second goal after 41 minutes. Vardy was on hand to tap home Justin’s low cross from close range, with his 12th goal of the season surviving a VAR check for offside.
The hosts were rampant and Maddison added a third goal before half-time, twisting and turning just inside the penalty area before creating a yard of space for himself to bend a left-foot shot into the far top corner of the net.
Both sides rarely threatened in the second-half as Leicester chase Tottenham and Liverpool at the top of the table.