Sports Desk, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick Sunday as Leicester City routed Sheffield United 5-0 in Premier League action.
The Nigerian opened the scoring six minutes before half-time, converting a cross from English forward Jamie Vardy.
Shortly after the one-hour mark, Spanish forward Ayoze Perez doubled the home side’s lead with a strike from the edge of the area in the 64th minute.
Iheanacho completed his hat-trick over a 10-minute window, first in the 69th minute, assisted once again by Vardy, and then in the 78th from distance.
Vardy collected another assist when he fired a shot that deflected off Sheffield’s Ethan Ampadu into his own goal in the 80th minute.
“I’m delighted; I have been waiting for this day to come. I thank everyone at the club, I am really happy for this day,” Iheanacho said afterwards, ace cited by the Premier League Twitter account.
With the win, the Foxes hold the second spot in the league with 56 points, two ahead of Manchester United, who will host West Ham later on. Sheffield are last with 14 points from 29 matches.
Earlier in the day, Brighton & Hove Albion got a much-needed boost in their bid to avoid relegation with a 1-2 victory against Southampton, the team’s first win in over a month.
English defender Lewis Dunk gave the visitors the lead 16 minutes into the game, but Southampton forward Che Adams’ 27th minute goal canceled it out.
Brighton took the lead for good in the 56th minute thanks to Belgian forward Leandro Trossard, who sealed his team’s first win since prevailing 1-0 over Liverpool on 3 February.