Jamie Vardy sparks Leicester City victory as Tottenham Hotspur slip up again

There are still six months of the season to go but Tottenham Hotspur’s title challenge already looks to be over. It is hard to reach any other conclusion after Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a third successive away defeat in the league for the first time since the days when Tim Sherwood was in charge, leaving Spurs facing the prospect of being 16 points behind Manchester City by the time they run out at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Although Harry Kane scored late on, expertly dispatching Erik Lamela’s through-ball as the Argentinian made an immediate impact from the bench on his first appearance in 13 months, the real damage was done in the first half, when Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez lit up this occasion with two spectacular goals to give Leicester their first home league win over Tottenham since 2002.

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