Vardy double helps Foxes topple the Cherries
- Peter Bankes
Jamie Vardy’s double and a Youri Tielemans goal condemned the Cherries to defeat at King Power Stadium today.
Although Callum Wilson opened his account for the season, Eddie Howe’s team left empty-handed following an entertaining encounter.
Vardy drew first blood for the Foxes with a sublime lob from 20 yards after 12 minutes of what proved to be a pulsating opening period.
And although Callum Wilson levelled with another classy finish just three minutes later, Leicester regained the lead through Tielemans four minutes before half-time.
Tielemans provided the assist for Vardy to make it 3-1 in the 73rd minute, although the Belgian could count himself rather fortunate to have escaped unpunished following a poor challenge on Callum Wilson midway through the second half.
Harry Wilson was restored to the Cherries’ Premier League starting line-up as boss Eddie Howe made one change following Sunday’s defeat by Manchester City.
The Liverpool loan star, who scored against City and Aston Villa, came in for Charlie Daniels who has been ruled out for the season due to a serious knee injury.
Leicester, unbeaten in their first three games in the top flight, drafted in Ben Chilwell, Marc Albrighton, Harvey Barnes and Wilfred Ndidi.
Both the Foxes and the Cherries progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup after winning penalty shootouts in midweek, Howe’s team edging past Forest Green Rovers and Leicester triumphing at Newcastle.
Although neither goalkeeper was seriously tested, the two teams made their attacking intentions clear during a frenetic opening 10-minute spell.
Steve Cook stood tall at the heart of the Cherries defence to head clear a free-kick from James Maddison and a dangerous cross from Caglar Soyuncu.
The Cherries were undone by a long clearance over the top from Chilwell which put Vardy through on goal for the opener after 12 minutes.
Vardy, who opened his account in the Foxes’s win over Sheffield United, applied a superb first-time finish, lifting the ball over Aaron Ramsdale from around 20 yards.
However, the lead lasted barely three minutes as the Callum Wilson-Ryan Fraser partnership – which was so fruitful last season – combined for the equaliser.
Callum Wilson, slipped in by Fraser’s clever pass, delightfully dinked the ball over advancing Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, his left-footed strike finding the bottom corner of the net.
As the teams traded chances in quick succession, Marc Albrighton fired well wide before Phil Billing blazed over from the edge of the box at the opposite end.
James Maddison stretched to meet Albrighton’s cross with a header which flew inches wide and then Ramsdale saved comfortably from Vardy’s piledriver.
Ramsdale had a let-off after drilling a clearance straight at Vardy, the Cherries goalkeeper gathering the ball when it ricocheted back into his grasp.
Foxes defender Soyuncu had Ramsdale scurrying across his line having tried his luck from range, his effort flying narrowly over the crossbar after 31 minutes.
Cook again excelled himself when he cut out Albrighton’s driven centre which had been heading in the direction of Vardy who was six yards from goal and ready to pounce.
Leicester regained the lead through Tielemans, the Belgian’s shot from inside the six-yard box going in off the post after Vardy had crossed from the right four minutes before the break.
Chris Mepham did well to beat Vardy to Albrighton’s teasing cross at the start of the second half before a moment of controversy saw Tielemans escape unpunished for a challenge on Callum Wilson.
Although the Leicester midfielder appeared to go over the top of the ball and catch the Cherries striker on the ankle, referee Peter Bankes – following a lengthy VAR review – opted to take no action.
A promising move started by Harry Wilson’s surging run and pass to Callum Wilson ended with Adam Smith’s shot cannoning off Leicester defender Jonny Evans for a corner.
Smith and Harry Wilson both made way in the 64th minute, Cherries’ double substitution seeing Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke enter the fray.
Ramsdale dived to his left to parry Harvey Barnes’s shot from a tight angle before Mepham diverted Ricardo Pereira’s dangerous pass back to his goalkeeper.
Leicester extended their lead when Vardy added his second and their third in the 73rd minute, the striker placing his shot out of Ramsdale's reach after Tielemans had picked him out 10 yards from goal.
Schmeichel saved low down from Solanke as the Cherries tried to eat into the arrears before Mepham blocked from Maddison after he had been teed up by Demarai Gray.
In the closing stages, Cook's block and Ramsdale's save at his near post prevented Gray from adding a fourth after the substitute had burst through.