Leicester City on top of EPL as Arsenal flop
Gunners’ 1-2 defeat against West Brom helps underdogs Leicester, who beat Newcastle United 3-0, go on top of EPL provisionally
London: Jamie Vardy equalled a Premier League goalscoring record as he helped take Leicester City to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday as England’s leading clubs paid tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Newcastle United in an English Premier League match at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Saturday. PIC/AFP
England striker Vardy scored in first-half stoppage-time at St James’ Park when he cut inside Moussa Sissoko to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games for his club.
Italian manager Claudio Ranieri’s side secured victory and a place at the summit of English football when Leonardo Ulloa headed in the Foxes’ second goal in the 62nd minute. Substitute Shinji Okazaki made it 3-0 seven minutes from time. However, Leicester’s stay at the top will be brief if Manchester City, the leaders heading into this weekend’s round of matches, were to beat Liverpool in Saturday’s late kick-off at Eastlands.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla (right) slips and hits his penalty over the bar against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. PIC/AFP
Arsenal, who could have gone top themselves on Saturday, suffered a shock 2-1 loss away to West Bromwich Albion.
It was just their third league defeat this season and hardly ideal preparation for their must-win Champions League group match at home to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
The Gunners took a 28th-minute lead through France striker Olivier Giroud but found themselves 2-1 down before half-time after James Morrison and an own-goal from Mikel Arteta put the Baggies in front.
Santi Cazorla had a chance to equalise late on but blasted a penalty over the crossbar.
Chelsea, United win
Champions Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho with just their fourth win in 13 league matches this season as they beat Norwich 1-0 thanks to Diego Costa’s 64th-minute goal at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United made it eight games unbeaten in all competitions with a 2-1 win away to Watford in Saturday’s early kick-off — the first Premier League match since the Paris terror attacks of November 13 which killed 130 people. ‘La Marseillaise’, France’s national anthem, was played before kick-off at Vicarage Road as a mark of respect in a gesture that was repeated ahead of all of Saturday’s Premier League matches. Watford captain Troy Deeney appeared to have gained a point for the home side with an 87th-minute penalty only to deflect Bastian Schewinsteiger’s stoppage-time effort into his own net after United had taken the lead through Memphis Depay.