Jamie Vardy foxes history

Talismanic striker's brace in 2-0 win over Sunderland leaves Leicester now just three wins away from a historic English Premier League title

Sunderland: Jamie Vardy’s second-half double helped Leicester City go 10 points clear at the top of the EPL as they enjoyed a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Sunderland yesterday.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (right) celebrates with teammate Leonardo Ulloa after scoring against Sunderland in an English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland yesterday. Pic/AFP

Claudio Ranieri’s side are closing in on the English title after a fifth consecutive win.

However, second-placed Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win at home over Man United later yesterday meant that Leicester’s lead at the top was cut to seven points. Delle Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scored for Spurs. But regardless of what the chasing pack do, Leicester will be crowned champions for the first time in history if they win three of their remaining five league games.

Vardy’s 66th-minute opener saw him become the first Leicester player to score 20 league goals in an English top-flight season since Gary Lineker achieved the feat twice in the 1980s. Sprinting onto a long, lofted through ball from Danny Drinkwater to outpace his marker Younes Kaboul, Vardy went on to find the bottom corner from a narrow angle.

The England striker sealed the win in stoppage time, taking a pass from substitute Demarai Gray to run beyond Sunderland’s trailing defence before rounding off ’keeper Vito Mannone to roll the ball into an empty net. Vardy now has 21 Premier League goals this season after hitting the net from open play for the first time in more than two months.

"The fans must continue to dream but we must continue to be focused. Now we have two tough matches at home, the Champions League is on the table and we have to keep it. We don’t achieve nothing yet," said manager Claudio Ranieri.

Sunday's results
>> Sunderland   0-2    Leicester

>> Liverpool      4-1    Stoke City
>> Tottenham    3-0    Man United

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