Friday 9 December 2016

Hornets' early strike stings lame Foxes

Watford 2 Leicester City 1

Vicarage Road

Published 20/11/2016 | 02:30

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez scores from the penalty spot. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez scores from the penalty spot. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

Fast-starting Watford inflicted Premier League champions Leicester's sixth defeat of the season with a win at Vicarage Road. Etienne Capoue scored after 33 seconds and Roberto Pereyra's fine strike after 13 minutes doubled the advantage.

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Jamie Vardy was felled for a penalty converted by Riyad Mahrez two minutes later, but the Foxes never really looked like finding an equaliser as Watford responded from the 6-1 loss at Liverpool.

Leicester City's Wes Morgan battles with Watford's Troy Deeney. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters
Leicester City's Wes Morgan battles with Watford's Troy Deeney. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

The Leicester fans sang: 'Champions of England, you'll never sing that'. But almost as soon as the chorus had begun, Leicester were behind. Pereyra crossed from the left, Troy Deeney flicked the ball on and the on-rushing Capoue stretched out his right boot to meet it on a half-volley and score.

There were chances for Watford before Pereyra cut in from the left and fired an inswinging right-footed shot into the far corner.

The Foxes pulled a goal back when Miguel Britos was over eager in covering to meet Jamie Vardy. Vardy did not need to think twice to accept the contact and Mahrez drilled the resulting penalty into the centre of goal.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: Alan Walter/Reuters
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: Alan Walter/Reuters

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