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Leicester 3-1 Bournemouth: Jamie Vardy magic helps see off Cherries

Jamie Vardy
Only Tottenham's Harry Kane (124) and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (118) have scored more Premier League goals since the start of the 2014-15 season than Jamie Vardy (83)

Jamie Vardy scored twice and made the other as an impressive Leicester maintained their unbeaten Premier League start by easing past Bournemouth at King Power Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers' side have won two and drawn two of their opening four games, showcasing their early ambitions of breaking into the top six at the end of the season with another excellent showing.

Vardy's opener was simple, yet stunning. He latched on to Ben Chilwell's punt into the left channel, took a touch before lobbing a perfectly-executed finish over Aaron Ramsdale.

His hard work for Youri Tielemans' goal for 2-1 epitomised his display, rolling the ball across the six-yard box for the Belgium international to tuck home from a yard out.

Bournemouth were lacklustre at best with Callum Wilson equalising for 1-1 with their only real chance of note.

At this early stage in the season, Leicester look well set in third position, while Bournemouth drop to 15th.

Leicester signal ambitions

With Manchester United, who finished sixth last season, dropping further points with a 1-1 draw at Southampton, Leicester look like a side who could realistically claim a European spot next season.

Rodgers' side were in control throughout the contest, with defender Caglar Soyuncu impressing once more with another assured showing at the back - the Turkey international made more passes (82) and more tackles (five) than any other player on the pitch.

In midfield, Wilfred Ndidi returned to the side and was at his destructive best once more with an all-action performance, while the ever-maturing James Maddison, called up to the England squad this week, showed his defensive capabilities by gaining possession eight times.

Leicester could have had more but Harvey Barnes and Soyuncu both curled efforts narrowly wide from promising positions.

But it was up front where the real star of the show was for Leicester.

Vardy runs Cherries ragged

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Vardy goal was 'sublime' - Rodgers

Rodgers has implemented a quick, passing style of play for Leicester, but the performance against Bournemouth was a throwback to the unforgettable 2015-16 season in which they famously won the Premier League title under Claudio Ranieri.

The Foxes bypassed the midfield at every opportunity, knocking the ball long towards the willing runner in Vardy in the final third. It worked a treat.

The former England international gave Cherries centre-backs Steve Cook and Chris Mepham a torrid afternoon and every chase and closing down of the defenders was roared approvingly by the boisterous home supporters.

Vardy's opener was simple, yet stunning. He latched on to Ben Chilwell's punt into the left channel, took a touch before lobbing a glorious finish over Aaron Ramsdale.

The visiting goalkeeper, making just his fourth top-flight appearance having spent last season on-loan at League One AFC Wimbledon, was also given an equally uncomfortable afternoon and looked extremely shaky when presented with the ball at his feet.

On one occasion, Ramsdale thought he had more time as Vardy darted into the box and stuck out a foot to a short pass, which fortunately rolled straight back into the hands of the keeper.

Vardy stung Ramsdale's hands with a thumping drive from the edge of the area and it was his industry, not giving up on a loose ball, which allowed for the second, rolling the ball across the six-yard area for Tielemans to tuck home.

And the outstanding Vardy added to his tally in the second period by converting Tielemans' low drive, with the home supporters left chanting their hero's name.

Tielemans, though, looked fortunate to stay on the pitch and might not have had the chance to grab his goal after a nasty-looking over-the-top challenge onto the ankle of Callum Wilson. Despite a VAR check, Tielemans did not receive a yellow card.

Bournemouth not given a sniff

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson was one of Bournemouth's brighter players at the King Power

Bournemouth finished 14th in the league last season, losing half of their 38 games, and this looks like being another inconsistent season for them.

Eddie Howe's side were barely given a sniff by the hosts, former Coventry striker Wilson evading the offside trap to score just three minutes after Vardy's opener, but they were unable to build on it.

On-loan midfielder Harry Wilson, who has made a positive start in a red-and-black shirt, failed to engineer any opportunities before being brought off on 64 minutes, while Joshua King was also quiet.

Summer signing Philip Billing and Jefferson Lerma put themselves about in the middle of the park, but Bournemouth lack a creative spark.

Man of the match - Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Jamie Vardy (right)
Jamie Vardy (right) scored two goals from three shots on target and showed glimpses of Leicester's 2015-16 title-winning season

'We were worthy winners' - Rodgers

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: "There's a long long way to go. It's been a very good start for us. They've been working hard - third game of the week.

"I'm so, so proud of them. They gave so much - against a very good side.

"We were worthy winners I felt.

"Vardy is a top-class striker. From the day I walked though the door he's been amazing - it was a difficult goal today - on the bounce, his connection and finish."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "There were bits in the first half we were pleased with. The goals killed us - from the first to the third. We've gifted them goals. It gave us a mountain to climb.

"I had a good view of the Tielemans challenge on Callum Wilson - it looked a bad one.

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Bournemouth 'kicking themselves' after loss at Leicester - Howe

"Those moments do have a bearing on the result. Not the referee's fault we conceded three.

"The last two games we conceded three apiece. Against Manchester City it's going to be difficult but today we didn't do our jobs."

Vardy shines under Rodgers

  • Leicester have won five of their last eight Premier League home games (D2 L1), as many as they had in their previous 20 at the King Power Stadium (W5 D6 L9).
  • Since the start of last season, Bournemouth's Premier League games have seen more goals than other sides have in the competition (139 - F61 A78), with only Fulham conceding more top-flight goals than the Cherries in that time.
  • This was Rodgers' 500th competitive game as a manager - he's won all five of his meetings with Bournemouth.
  • Bournemouth pair Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have combined for 13 Premier League goals since the start of last season, at least five more than any other duo in that time.
  • Vardy has been directly involved in 14 goals in 14 Premier League games under Rodgers (12 goals, two assists).

What's next?

Leicester are at Manchester United on Saturday, 14 September (15:00 BST), whole Bournemouth host Everton the following day at 14:00.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 3Chilwell
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forGrayat 64'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forFuchsat 86'minutes
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forChoudhuryat 71'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 7Gray
  • 12Ward
  • 17Pérez
  • 20Choudhury
  • 26Praet
  • 28Fuchs

Bournemouth

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forIbeat 64'minutes
  • 33Mepham
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 22H WilsonSubstituted forSolankeat 64'minutes
  • 29BillingBooked at 21mins
  • 8LermaBooked at 32mins
  • 24Fraser
  • 7KingSubstituted forSurmanat 79'minutes
  • 13C WilsonBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 9Solanke
  • 10Ibe
  • 17Stacey
  • 21Rico
  • 25Simpson
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
31,613

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 3, Bournemouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Bournemouth 1.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Leicester City. Ricardo Pereira tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs replaces James Maddison.

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman replaces Joshua King.

Delay in match because of an injury Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 3, Bournemouth 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces Harvey Barnes.

Booking

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.

Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Maddison.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dominic Solanke replaces Harry Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jordon Ibe replaces Adam Smith because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Marc Albrighton.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

Offside, Bournemouth. Jefferson Lerma tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR Decision: No card change Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

Delay in match (Bournemouth). VAR checking.

Delay in match because of an injury Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Foul by James Maddison (Leicester City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool4400123912
2Man City43101431110
3Leicester42206338
4Crystal Palace42113217
5West Ham421167-17
6Arsenal32014406
7Man Utd41217435
8Sheff Utd41215505
9Chelsea412169-35
10Tottenham31115414
11Burnley411256-14
12Everton311112-14
13Southampton411246-24
14Newcastle411235-24
15Bournemouth411258-34
16Brighton411247-34
17Wolves30302203
18Aston Villa410346-23
19Norwich4103610-43
20Watford401328-61
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