London: It was just another day at work for English Premier League (EPL) leaders Leicester City who inched closer to laying their hands on their first ever EPL title.
Jamie Vardy, the success story of the season, put two in the back of the net to put Leicester 2-0 up against relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday.
Vardy put Leicester ahead in the 66th minute with a lovely curl after Danny Drinkwater popped a perfect pass from the midfield. The electric striker then added the 21st goal to his season tally in the 95th minute refusing to let Sunderland defenders any access to the ball.
The win over Sunderland puts Leicester seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspurs who embarrassed fifth-placed Manchester United 3-0.
With just five games left, Claudio Ranieri’s side need a maximum of nine more points to become English champions for the first time.
Sunderland remain in the bottom three, four points behind Norwich City, who they play next Saturday.
“It was tough, we knew it would be, but we ground it out,” Vardy said. “We know it is a step closer but you never know what can happen.”
“The main thing now is we’ve got to take it into the next week,” he added.
The surge of the Foxes, that has taken the world by storm, began in August last year when they beat Sunderland 4-2. It was also Ranieri first match in charge of the team.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, however, was disappointed with the way his team conceded two goals to Vardy, despite warnings against the English international.