Kelechi Iheanacho registered his first ever Premier League hattrick on a day where Leicester cruised to a 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield Utd.
The gulf in class between the two sides was immediately apparent, with Leicester coming close to breaking the deadlock in the early going.
Timothy Castagne found joy down the left operating as a wingback, picking out a superb cross that found Ayoze Perez inside the box.
The Spaniard glanced a header towards the far post, but Aaron Ramsdale reacted quickly to tip the ball onto the post.
The Sheffield Utd goalkeeper was again in the heat of the action moments later, being alled upon to deny Jamie Vardy’s low strike from a tight angle.
Leicester remained patient throughout the half, and were eventually rewarded for their efforts when taking the lead five minutes before half-time.
Vardy broke free down the left before fizzing an accurate ball across the face of goal for strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho to tap in from close range.
⚽️ Kelechi Iheanacho has scored in 3 successive games for the first time in his 133 PL app career
Has scored 4 PL goals since the start of February – had scored only twice in previous 13 months pic.twitter.com/hSGX7YnGUz
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 14, 2021
The hosts came close to doubling their advantage after the break when Vardy and Iheanacho again combined.
Iheanacho this time turned provider, but Vardy’s effort was expertly headed off the line by Chris Basham.
The writing was on the wall, however, and Leicester put the game beyond reach in the 64th minute when Perez capitalised on Sheffield Utd sloppiness.
Leicester recovered possession on the half-way line seconds after a Blades free-kick. Perez was the ultimate beneficiary, slotting his strike inside the far post from the edge of the area.
There were more goals on offer if Leicester continued to push, and Iheanacho grabbed his second with 20 minutes remaining.
Vardy again was instrumental in the build-up, firing across a delightful pass into the Nigerian’s stride before firing past the stricken Ramsdale with his weaker right foot.
Iheanacho then registered his first ever Premier League hattrick after capitalising on Sheffield Utd’s lacklustre defending.
Kelechi Iheanacho has scored his first ever Premier League hat-trick. 🎩 pic.twitter.com/PuLzM14R9v
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The Blades backline applied no pressure, allowing Iheanacho to inch forward with the ball before rifling a powerful drive into the bottom corner.
Vardy thought he’d got in on the scoring act, but replays showed his effort was creeping wide before Ethan Ampadu diverted the ball into his own net.
The final whistle came as a mercy to Sheffield Utd who presided over another dismal outing in what now seems sure to be an ill-fated campaign.