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Leicester – Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy made history on Saturday by
scoring for the 11th Premier League match running in his side’s 1-1 draw
at home to Manchester United.

The England forward struck in the
24th minute, running onto Christian Fuchs’s pass and arrowing a shot
past David de Gea to break a record he had previously shared with former
United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Van Nistelrooy, whose record
had stood since 2003, was quick to congratulate Vardy, writing on
Twitter: “Well done @vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.
#11inarow.”

The record capped a remarkable rise for 28-year-old
Vardy, who was playing non-league football in 2012 and had been playing
in the seventh tier of English football as recently as 2010.

It
was his 14th goal of the campaign, which makes him the league’s top
scorer, but Bastian Schweinsteiger’s 46th-minute header – his first
United goal – prevented Leicester from reclaiming first place.

Instead
Claudio Ranieri’s side finished the day in second place, a point above
United, with Manchester City top on goal difference after overcoming
Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne scored for
the first time in six games to put City ahead and went on to create
goals for Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolarov, with Shane Long replying
for Southampton.

“I was very pleased with the team’s reaction,”
said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side were beaten by Liverpool
and Juventus in their two previous games.

“We were a little nervous until the third goal, but I’m happy with the performance and the result.”

Sergio
Aguero gave City’s fans concern when he hobbled off mid-way through the
second half, but Pellegrini said that his substitution was merely “a
precaution”.

Pellegrini was forced to do without injured goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was replaced by Willy Caballero.

But
the hosts went in front in the ninth minute when Raheem Sterling robbed
Maya Yoshida and crossed for De Bruyne to tap in from close range.

De
Bruyne’s corner in the 20th minute allowed Delph to crown his first
league start for City with his first goal for the club, a 25-yard shot
that deflected in off Virgil van Dijk.

Long
reduced the arrears with a header from a Sadio Mane’s cross early in
the second half, but Kolarov restored City’s two-goal cushion by lashing
in from De Bruyne’s dinked cross in the 70th minute.

Aguero had
departed by that stage, having turned his ankle as he landed after
challenging for a high ball, but on the plus side City were able to
welcome back both Wilfried Bony and David Silva from injury.

Crystal
Palace manager Alan Pardew oversaw a 5-1 victory for his side that sent
his former employers Newcastle United into the relegation zone,
increasing the pressure on his struggling successor Steve McClaren.

Papiss
Cisse put Newcastle ahead with a 10th-minute header, but Palace hit
back through Wilfried Zaha and braces from Yannick Bolasie and James
McArthur.

“We have to bring the fans what they want and that is not it,” admitted McClaren.

“We
have 25 games to go, we are in a relegation fight, no doubt
about that, but we have to work hard on the training field.”

Bournemouth
moved above Newcastle, but remain in the bottom three, after a
thrilling finale at Dean Court saw them fight back twice to hold Everton
to a 3-3 draw.

After Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku put
Everton in control, Bournemouth hit back to level through a spectacular
25-yard strike by Adam Smith and an 87th-minute effort from Junior
Stanislas.

Ross Barkley looked to have given Everton victory when
he restored their lead in the fifth minute of stoppage time, only for
Stanislas to snatch an implausible equaliser with a cool header three
minutes later.

Sunderland climbed out of the relegation places at
Newcastle’s expense with a 2-0 home win over Stoke City, Patrick van
Aanholt and Duncan Watmore scoring late on after visiting captain Ryan
Shawcross was sent off.

Aston Villa remain bottom and are now
seven points from safety after a 3-2 home defeat by Watford left new
manager Remi Garde without a win in three matches.

Villa captain
Micah Richards cancelled out Odion Ighalo’s 17th-minute opener for
Watford, but an Alan Hutton own goal and a Troy Deeney header gave
Watford the points. Jordan Ayew netted a late consolation for Villa.



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