Powerful Maddison strike helps Leicester into second with win over Southampton

Date published: Saturday 16th January 2021 9:55

James Maddison Leicester

James Maddison’s powerful strike into the roof of the net helped Leicester beat Southampton 2-0 and move up to second in the Premier League table.

The Saints made life uncomfortable from the outset against their hosts, with Theo Walcott and Che Adams proving a handful. But the Foxes began to crank up the pressure and went ahead in the 37th minute.

After Southampton cleared an initial cross, Youri Tielemans’ fine ball put Maddison in and the midfielder held off Jack Stephens to fire a thumping effort from an acute angle that beat Alex McCarthy at his near post.

In the second half, Jamie Vardy was lively and had numerous half-chances on the break for a second. Harvey Barnes came closest for Brendan Rodgers’ side, though, his shot being saved on the line.

Sandwiched in between those efforts, Stuart Armstrong hit the bar for Southampton with a strike from outside the area.

But Leicester did make it two deep into second-half stoppage time, when – on the break – Barnes finished one-on-one with McCarthy.

The result moved the Foxes into second the Premier League table ahead of Liverpool, who play Manchester United on Sunday.

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