Vardy hat-trick helps five-star Leicester stun Man City

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Jamie Vardy was the scourge of Manchester City again as his hat-trick secured a sensational 5-2 win for Leicester City and raised fresh questions about Pep Guardiola's defence.
The striker won two penalties and converted both, either side of a terrific backheeled finish for his second goal, to net his second hat-trick against City – almost four years after his treble in a 4-2 victory over the same opponents.

His former Leicester teammate Riyad Mahrez gave the hosts the lead at the Etihad Stadium on Monday (AEST), but Vardy then took centre stage, with James Maddison adding a brilliant fourth goal late on.

Nathan Ake headed a City consolation, but Leicester then scored a fifth in a dramatic Premier League clash, with Maddison fouled and Youri Tielemans slotting in another penalty.

It meant Guardiola, in his 686th game as a manager, suffered the indignity of seeing one of his teams conceding five goals for the first time.

City lacked a senior striker, with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus injured, and it showed. Winger Raheem Sterling was deployed in a central role, but he was kept quiet and Guardiola called on 17-year-old Liam Delap early in the second half, sacrificing Fernandinho.

How Guardiola must have wished he had a striker of Vardy's quality to summon. He might welcome a less brittle defence, too, after problems at that end of the field were a key reason they failed to seriously challenge Liverpool last season.

Mahrez hit a stunning opening goal after three minutes, finding the…
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