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Vardy scores hat-trick as Leicester stun Manchester City 5-2

Manchester: Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick as Leicester came from behind to stun hosts Manchester City in a wild 5-2 win and collect a third straight victory to open the Premier League season on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Leeds beat Sheffield United, and Spurs drew with Newcastle.

In Manchester, City’s defence couldn’t handle the pace and movement of Vardy, who won two penalties either side of a brilliant finish that saw him flick the ball home at the near post with a deft backheel.

Hat-trick: Jamie Vardy.

Hat-trick: Jamie Vardy.Credit:Getty Images

Vardy added to the two goals he scored against West Bromwich Albion on the opening weekend as he looks to back up a 2019-20 season that saw him claim the most goals in the league with 23.

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James Maddison added a fourth for Leicester at Etihad Stadium by curling a shot into the top corner from 25 meters as City backed off the substitute, and Youri Tielemans converted a third penalty for his team in the 87th – by which time Vardy had been substituted.

"We tweaked it tactically today, knowing when we got the ball and played through their press we would get a few chances and we stuck them all away," Vardy said.

"We have set up to infuriate them and it has worked a treat."

Riyad Mahrez, a former Leicester player, gave City the lead in the fourth minute with an impressive strike and Nathan Ake pulled a goal back in the 84th for City, who lacked a presence up front with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus missing.

It was a concerning display by Pep Guardiola’s side, which was without a slew of other key players through injury and issues related to COVID-19, including Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.

It came six days after City looked so assured in beating Wolverhampton 3-1 in its first match of the season, but Guardiola's team was picked off repeatedly on Sunday.

"It was a brilliant performance and result," Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said. "It has taken me 13 years to play that way. I’m very much about attacking and being aggressive. I always try to be positive but I need to think of other ways to get results in these games."

Leeds seals win in Yorkshire derdy

Patrick Bamford's 88th-minute header gave Leeds United a 1-0 win at Sheffield United in the Yorkshire derby.

Jack Harrison whipped in a superb cross from the left wing and Bamford rose well to score for the third straight game and leave Chris Wilder's side without a point or a goal this season.

The game had been a story of excellent goalkeeping at both ends.

Patrick Bamford scores for Leeds against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Patrick Bamford scores for Leeds against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.Credit:Getty Images

Leeds' French keeper Illan Meslier produced a superb save in the 29th minute from a close-range effort by John Lundstram after good work from Ben Osborn down the left.

Marcelo Bielsa's side threatened before the break, though, and United keeper Aaron Ramsdale did well to keep out a lofted shot from Stuart Dallas.

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Meslier was alert again after the break when George Baldock turned sharply on the edge of the box to lose his marker and unleash a powerful drive but the 20-year-old keeper parried well.

Helder Costa then threatened with a stinging volley that was kept out by the diving Ramsdale.

Bamford's fine header, however, ensured that Leeds move to six points from their first three games on their return to the top flight after a 16-year absence.

"It was a just result," Bielsa said. "The first half was even. We could’ve scored but also conceded. The second half was a lot better for us. I think we created a small but just difference to create the victory."

Sheffield United had lost to Aston Villa and Wolves before the Leeds game and manager Chris Wilder said it had been a tough month.

"We'll be glad to see the back of September, Fresh start in October at Arsenal away. I can't fault a lot of things the players did in the game. I thought it was really tight, you have got to take the chances in the Premier League.

"We have to be more clinical, the best chances fell to us, we know how Leeds play, high energy and high tempo. We ultimately got punished by a fantastic ball and a great header."

Spurs and Newcastle draw

Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-min suffered a hamstring injury in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United and is now set to miss the clashes with Chelsea and Manchester United.

The South Korean impressed before going off at the break, striking the post and the crossbar, but manager Jose Mourinho confirmed he had to replace him due to the hamstring injury.

Son is set to be sidelined for a busy period of fixtures for the north London club.

Spurs play Chelsea in the League Cup on Tuesday and then have a Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

On Sunday they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United before the international break.

AP

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