Rampant Leicester go top though Vardy streak ends

Published 12/06/2015, 2:06 AM EST
Football Soccer – Swansea City v Leicester City – Barclays Premier League – Liberty Stadium – 5/12/15 Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Swansea City’s Kyle Naughton Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic


By Martyn Herman

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LONDON (Reuters) – Jamie Vardy’s record scoring streak ended but Leicester City’s improbable Premier League title challenge continued with Riyad Mahrez’s hat-trick sealing a 3-0 win at Swansea City that put them top on Saturday.

Manchester City’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Stoke City in the early kickoff opened the door for pre-season relegation tips Leicester to reach the summit after 15 games and they responded in style in south Wales.

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Mahrez scored twice in the first 22 minutes and struck again after the break as Leicester moved on to 32 points, two clear of Arsenal who moved above Manchester City with a 3-1 home defeat of Sunderland — Olivier Giroud scoring for both sides.

Football Soccer – Swansea City v Leicester City – Barclays Premier League – Liberty Stadium – 5/12/15
Riyad Mahrez scores the third goal for Leicester City to complete his hat trick
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Vardy had scored for 11 consecutive Premier League matches but drew a blank at the Liberty Stadium.

Two goals inside the opening 15 minutes from Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic, both created by Xherdan Shaqiri, condemned injury-hit City to defeat at a blustery Britannia Stadium.

Football Soccer – Stoke City v Manchester City – Barclays Premier League – Britannia Stadium – 5/12/15
Marko Arnautovic celebrates with Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring the first goal for Stoke City
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Manchester United failed to take advantage of City’s defeat, drawing 0-0 at home with West Ham United to stay fourth, level on 29 points with their neighbours.

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Fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur drew for the eighth time of the campaign, 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, after Dele Alli had given the visitors an early lead.

Bottom club Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Southampton and fellow-strugglers Norwich City lost 2-0 at Watford.

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Champions Chelsea, wallowing down in 14th place, host Bournemouth in the late game.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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