Burnley vs Leicester City: Maddison and Vardy on target as the Foxes win 2-0

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope’s heroics kept the scoreline goalless for a major period of the game until Maddison broke the deadlock on 82 minutes and Vardy sealed the win with the second on 90 minutes.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Burnley; Credit: Twitter/@premierleague
By Sreejith C R | Mar 2, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Late goals from James Maddison and Jamie Vardy helped Leicester City beat Burnley 2-0 in the Premier League fixture at Turf Moor on Tuesday. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope’s heroics kept the scoreline goalless for a major period of the game until Maddison broke the deadlock on 82 minutes. And then, Vardy, who was making his first appearance since December sealed the win with a 90th minute goal. The victory helped Brendan Rodgers’ side to 12th spot in the standings with 30 points from 27 games while Burnley remained in the relegation zone.

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Leicester started the match on the driving seat as Youri Tielemans’ long-range effort went just over the bar early on, before Pope made a superb save to deny Ricardo Pereira from inside the box. The right-back’s effort looked certain to find the back of the net but Pope got down quickly to make the save with his left arm.

An error from Burnley defender James Tarkowski allowed Patson Daka to have a go at goal from 8 yards out but Pope denied the Zambian forward with his foot. Immediately at the other end, Maxwel Cornet put the ball inside the net after some fine work by Lennon, but the goal was disallowed for offside after VAR check.

Five minutes before the break, Harvey Barnes made a darting run down the left flank, cut inside past Nathan Collins and unleashed a powerful shot from 10 yards out but Pope stuck out his right arm and somehow deflected the ball over the bar. 

Vardy makes the difference

After the break, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel made a rare save to deny Connor Roberts from just inside the box. Cornet poked wide under pressure from Caglar Soyuncu after being played in goal by Dwight McNeil. Rodgers introduced Vardy with less than 20 minutes remaining and the 35-year-old striker made the difference as he scored one and was involved in the the opening goal.

Ten minutes from time, Barnes cut inside from the left and tested Pope with a beautiful right-foot curler before Maddison finally put one past the 29-year-old keeper. Schmeichel’s long clearance from the back found Vardy at the other end, who controlled the ball nicely and laid it for Maddison. The English playmaker took two touches before firing a low left-foot curler that went past Pope into the bottom corner.

In response, Wout Weghorst’s close-range effort from a corner went wide before Vardy scored Leicester’s second of the night to seal the win. Barnes delivered a perfect cross for Vardy to head home from close range. It was Leicester’s first league win and first clean sheet since their 1-0 win over Liverpool on December 28.

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