London, Dec 20 (efe-epa).- Leicester City smacked Tottenham in a 2-0 road win on tallies by Jamie Vardy and Toby Alderweireld, the latter an own goal.
Jose Mourinho’s boys played one of their worst games of the season and did not manage to deliver anything positive in a disjointed outing against Leicester City, which with the win is sitting pretty at No. 2 in the table just four points behind Liverpool.
The Spurs were simply unable to create anything for themselves or even to mount any difficulties for Leicester, which got the jump on the hosts after VAR review showed that Serger Aurier senselessly pushed Wesley Fofana inside the area, thus setting up Vardy’s penalty kick that put the visitors ahead 1-0.
Immediately after play resumed after the break, it was Fofana who fired a long pass to Maddison, who controlled the ball and sent a crossing shot right into the net, although the tally was disallowed when VAR found that Maddison was just millimeters offside.
Leicester’s second score came when Vardy’s header rebounded and Alderweireld knocked it into his own net.
Gareth Bale returned to the bench after being on the sick list, but although he was sent in at the start of the second half to replace Tanguy Ndombele he had little influence on the game.
With the loss, Tottenham falls into fourth place with 25 points, six behind the Reds.
Meanwhile, Manchester United crushed Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford, getting things started with two early goals by Scott McTominay, the second one coming just a minute after the first.
The Red Devils were the bane of Marcelo Bielsa’s return to Old Trafford, racking up four tallies in a little over 30 minutes and pointing up the defensive deficiencies of the visitors.
McTominay opened the scoring just 69 seconds into play with a blast from in front of the net and scored a second time within the next minute, thus becoming the first Premier League footballer in history to notch two goals within three minutes.
His tallies were followed by those of Bruno Fernandes on a strong shot and Victory Lindelof on a corner kick to put Man U ahead 4-0.
Liam Cooper managed to knock in a header for Leeds just ahead of the break, but Daniel James was in the right spot at the right time for the 5-1 and a Fernandes penalty kick gave the home squad their sixth tally.
Stuart Dallas, nevertheless, scored a fabulous consolation goal for the visitors just before time.
Man United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the victory “a fantastic win for the boys,” with the squad now standing in third with 26 points, five off of league leader Liverpool.
Bielsa’s Leeds is in 14th position with 17 points.
And Sheffield United, playing more than 50 minutes one man down but leading for most of the way, had to content themselves with a 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Blades, thus notching only their second ranking point of the season, were made shorthanded in the 40 minute after John Lundstram was expelled on a straight red card.
Nevertheless, they managed to get on the board on a tally by Jayden Bogle, yet Brighton came back in the 87th minute when Danny Welback evened things up.
Sheffield thus breaks a string of eight defeats, adding a point but remaining in last place on the Premier League table, while Brighton is in the 16th spot with 12 points, two above the relegation threshold.