Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Leicester beat Sheffield United 5-0 on Sunday to help in their quest for Champions League qualifiers.
Ayoze Perez’s shot and Ethan Ampadou’s own goal also helped Leicester return to second place ahead of Manchester United’s match against West Ham later.
This ended a difficult week for Sheffield United, which saw the departure of manager Chris Wilder, with youth coach Paul Hackingbottom, temporarily busy.
It was the same old story for the Blades as they tried to make an impression or make it difficult for Leicester to attack.
Jamie Vardy pulled a 20-yard shot wide eight minutes before Perez’s gaze touched the door by Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale shortly after. Rumsdale then blocked Vardi’s low kick with his foot.
Leicester made a breakthrough six minutes before half time. Some great play up the middle by Youri Tielemans led to a chance for Vardi to score after 80 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar. His low waist left Iheanacho with a simple push from close range.
Five minutes after the second half, Iheanacho tried to return the favor to Vardi, but saw that his efforts were brilliantly directed from the line of Chris Basham.
Iheanacho then led Vardy out the door an hour later, but once again Rumsdale kicked the striker.
A second goal came and Leicester doubled their lead in the 64th. Mark Albrighton counterattacked and tied Perez, who found the bottom corner with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Vardy was Iheanacho’s supplier five minutes later, with the striker directing the ball past Ramsdale from 12 yards.
Iheanacho completed his high frequencies in the 78th, breaking a low shot 25 yards beyond Ramsdale and into the bottom corner of the net.
It got worse for the visitors two minutes later when Vardy’s shot from the left side of the penalty area, which looked like a header, ended up in the back of the net through Ampadu’s outstretched leg.