Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester produced a swaggering 3-1 victory over Everton in its first match as English Premier League champion before collecting the trophy on Saturday.
The 5000-1 pre-season longshots produced the stylish, energetic display despite a week of celebrations since clinching the club’s first top flight title without playing on Monday.
The only frustration will have been Vardy missing out on a hat trick when he fired over a second penalty. Vardy scored after only five minutes and then from the spot in the 65th minute to take his club-leading tally to 24 goals.
The scorer of the second goal was lifelong Leicester midfielder Andy King, who has won the third, second and now top-tier titles as the club has climbed through the divisions.
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Also, Manchester United moved closer to the top four by beating relegation-threatened Norwich 1-0 on Saturday in the English Premier League.
United, which lost Anthony Martial in the warm-up following a leg injury, scored the only goal at Carrow Road in the 72nd minute when Juan Mata drove in a near-post finish from Wayne Rooney’s assist.
Chasing a Champions League spot, United remains in fifth place but is now just one point behind rival Manchester City, which hosts third-placed Arsenal on Sunday.
Norwich, which hasn’t scored in four games, was unable to make any real impact on the match and remains 19th on 31 points with two games left. The Canaries will need to win both to stand any realistic chance of staying up. It has now only won two matches.
Norwich’s relegation rivals Newcastle and Sunderland play later Saturday.
Similarly, Sunderland took a huge step in its fight for English Premier League survival, as it came from 2-1 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday.
Sunderland moved into 17th place, out of the relegation zone, and was one win away from safety after Norwich lost to Manchester United and Newcastle only drew at last-placed Aston Villa.
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