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Leicester match Premier League record in rout of Southampton

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

09:55 25 Oct 2019

Leicester City have inflicted a humiliating defeat on a beleaguered Southampton in Friday night's Premier League clash at St Mary's.

Brendan Rodgers' side won 9-0 to match the record for biggest Premier League-winning margin.

It was also the worst defeat in Southampton's entire history and the biggest away win in Premier League history.

To call it a "clash" however would not be a fair reflection on proceedings after the opening section of the game played out.

The Foxes delivered a first-half salvo of goals against 10-man Saints before running out winners by nine clear goals.

The match had effectively ended as a contest by the 20th minute mark.

England left-back Ben Chilwell gave the visitors a 1-0 lead after just 10 minutes.

Ryan Bertrand, Southampton, Leicester Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, left, fouls Leicester's Ayoze Perez, a challenge that resulted in a red card, during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, England Friday, Oct., 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Bertrand's Red

Two minutes later, Southampton were dealt another significant blow. Ryan Bertrand's high tackle caught Ayoze Perez and the decision went to VAR, ultimately leading to the Saints full-back's red card.

Five minutes later, Leicester doubled their lead through Youri Tielemans, before Perez fired in a third on 19 minutes.

Rodgers' side were in total control but didn't stop there.

Perez struck again six minutes before half-time to make it 4-0 and Jamie Vardy helped himself to the fifth at the stroke of half-time.

If Leicester let up in the second-half, it wasn't by much.

Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Perez, Leicester, Southampton Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (left) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game with team mate Ayoze Perez.

Perez notched his hat-trick before the hour mark as he latched onto Harvey Barnes' pass on 57 minutes.

Barely two minutes later, Vardy made it 7-0 as he headed in Chilwell's delivery.

Records Set And Matched

Six minutes before the end of normal time, James Maddison scored the Foxes' eighth with an inch-perfect free-kick.

They had now come within touching distance of the Premier League record of 9-0 set by Manchester United in thrashing Ipswich 24 years ago.

But they had also inflicted Southampton's joint worst-ever defeat in the process. Last time Saints had lost 8-0 in a top-flight league game was back on November 20th 1971 when Everton thrashed them by the same scoreline.

However, that wasn't the end of it unfortunately for Southampton fans.

Vardy won a penalty deep into stoppage time and then stepped up to convert the spot-kick and make it 9-0, matching that Man United record in the process.

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