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Vardy and Leicester make Man City pay the penalty

Manchester City had not conceded five at home since moving to the Etihad Stadium, so a 5-2 defeat to Leicester City came as a huge shock.

Vardy and Leicester make Man City pay the penalty
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Jamie Vardy exposed Manchester City's defensive fragility in a striking masterclass as Leicester City became the first team to score five goals in a game against a Pep Guardiola side.

Leicester's 5-2 win at the Etihad Stadium came thanks to Vardy's hat-trick, which included two penalties, a terrific strike from James Maddison, and a late third penalty, converted by Youri Tielemans.

That meant Leicester became the first team in Premier League history to score three penalties in one game, while City conceded five goals at home for the first time since their Maine Road days.

The last time they shipped five at home was a 5-1 thrashing by Arsenal in February 2003, when Kevin Keegan and Arsene Wenger were in opposing dugouts.

In 438 games at their current home, this was the first five-goal mauling they have been subjected to.

Guardiola, in all his time in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, had never previously suffered such an indignity.

Until Sunday's Premier League game, only two hat-tricks had been netted against teams managed by Guardiola, with Vardy and Lionel Messi the men responsible.

They both came in a short space of time, with Messi grabbing a treble against his former Barcelona boss when City lost 4-0 to the Catalans in October 2016, before Vardy grabbed a Premier League treble in a 4-2 win for Leicester in December of the same year.

Vardy has scored nine against Guardiola's City

Vardy has nine goals against City during the Guardiola era, more than any other player.

He became the first player to win two penalties and score both in a Premier League game since Milan Baros for Liverpool against Crystal Palace in November 2004, and the first visiting player to score a Premier League hat-trick at City since Michael Owen, also for Liverpool, in 2002.

Vardy's former Leicester team-mate Riyad Mahrez was prised away from the Foxes by Guardiola in July 2018, and in each of the 15 Premier League matches where the Algerian had scored since then, City had gone on to win.

Mahrez's third-minute strike in this game was a delight of a goal, but he was soon overshadowed by a familiar face.


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