Jamie Vardy betters Lionel Messi’s record against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City

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Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy has proved again to a be a thorn in the flesh of Manchester City after bagging his second hattrick against them in the 5-2 hammering at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Vardy scooped last season’s Premier League golden ball award to become first Leicester City player to ever won it.

He began his hat trick by restoring parity for the lactic from the penalty spot after being felled by Kyle Walker. He then gave the visitors the lead after he had cleverly turned home Timothy Castagne’s cross. He completed his second treble against City from the spot again after Eric Garcia fell James Maddison in the box again.

Jamie Vardy brings Leicester City level from the spot

Vardy had scored a hat trick against City in 2016 season of the league at the King Power Stadium. He has now repeated the feat at the Etihad. He would have even scored four if he had stayed on the pitch for another three minutes.

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Vardy becomes the second player to achieve such feat. It is only Lionel Messi that has succeeded in scoring a hat trick against Pep Guardiola’s Man City so far.

James Maddison later took the game beyond the hosts, scoring his first goal since 1 January when he curled home a stunning fourth for Leicester.

£40m summer signing from Bournemouth, Nathan Ake pulled one back to score his City’S first goal.

But Leicester would get a third penalty and it was converted by Youri Tielemans because Vardy had already gone off.

Match Stats

  • This is the first time in 686 games that Pep Guardiola’s team will concede five goals.
  • It is also the first time in 438 games at the Etihad Stadium that Manchester City has shipped five goals in any competition.
  • Leicester City started a top-flight season with three successive wins for the first time.
  • This is the second time Guardiola has lost his opening home game of a league season as a manager.
  • Leicester has scored 12 goals in the Premier League this season, the most by a team in their first three matches since Manchester City (12) and Manchester United (13) in 2012-13.
  • Leicester is the first Premier League side to score three penalties in a game.
  • Manchester City is the first side to concede three spot-kicks in the same fixture since Tottenham in October 2014.
  • Vardy has now scored eight league goals against Manchester City since Guardiola took charge in 2016.
  • Vardy is the only player to score two hat-tricks against sides managed by Guardiola.
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Vardy has won more (19) and scored more (22) penalties than any other player in the competition.

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