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Leicester up to second, Fulham out of relegation zone

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The Foxes are up to second in the table after a 4-1 win at Elland Road

Jamie Vardy inspired and Youri Tielemans scored twice as Leicester City enjoyed an impressive 4-1 win at Leeds United on Monday which moves them up to second in the Premier League.

The Foxes, who have now won all four away games this season, grabbed the lead in the second minute when Vardy intercepted a poor back-pass from Leeds defender Robin Koch and set-up Harvey Barnes to slot home.

Brendan Rodgers’ side doubled their lead in the 21st minute when Marc Albrighton whipped in a cross and Vardy’s low header struck Leeds keeper Illan Meslier in the face and fell to Tielemans to fire home.

Leeds came out strongly after the break and pulled a goal back three minutes after the restart when a deep cross from Stuart Dallas went through a crowded box and into the far corner of the net.

Pablo Hernandez then hit the bar for Leeds with a fine effort from the edge of the box but Leicester restored their two goal advantage with a beautifully worked third goal.

Substitute James Maddison found Cengiz Under who showed great finesse to pick out Vardy who slotted home.

Maddison was involved with the fourth goal, in stoppage time, when Mateusz Klich challenged him from behind and after a VAR review, referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty which Tielemans confidently converted.

Leicester are on 15 points, just one point behind leaders Liverpool.

FULHAM 2-0 WEST BROM

Fulham chalked up their first Premier League win of the season and climbed out of the relegation zone after first half goals from Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Ola Aina helped them to a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

The result lifted Fulham two places up to 17th on four points from seven games, while winless West Brom dropped one place to 18th on three points after yet another lacklustre performance.

Fulham dominated the opening half and ran out deserved winners at Craven Cottage, although the visitors nearly drew first blood in the second minute when Conor Townsend hit the woodwork with a cross-turned-shot from the left.

De-Cordova Reid gave Fulham a 26th-minute lead when he nodded the ball past goalkeeper Sam Johsntone from close range after Aleksandar Mitrovic headed an Antonee Robinson cross from the left across the face of goal.

Right back Aina, who is on loan at Fulham from Serie A side Torino, doubled the home side’s lead four minutes later with a spectacular goal as he unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner with his weaker left foot from 18 metres.

Fulham could have added a third in the 80th minute as the visitors twice cleared the ball off the line in quick succession while West Brom failed to trouble keeper Alphonse Areola at the other end.

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