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Leicester City Makes Premier League History with Stunning 9-0 Win against Southampton

Leicester City destroys Southampton with a 0-9 win registering the biggest away win in Premier League history.

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Leicester City Makes Premier League History with Stunning 9-0 Win against Southampton
Vardy and Perez both scored impressive hat-tricks to demolish Southampton. Photo: Reuters

It is not every day that you see a 0-9 scoreline in a Premier League fixture. But that is exactly how Leicester City, the champions of 2015-16 season, destroyed Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday.

The Premier League has seen a scoreline of this magnitude only once before in its entire history. In 1995, Manchester United demolished Ipswich Town with the same scoreline of 9-0. Since then 25 seasons have passed and over 10,500 matches were played in the most competitive football league of the world.

Leicester City now stands at the second spot in the table, behind Liverpool but above Manchester City and the rest. Southampton, on the other hand, started the match from the relegation zone.

However, despite Leicester being the favorite for the fixture, a 0-9 thrashing was never on the card.

So what exactly went wrong for the Saints? Many would point to the fact that Southampton played with 10 men for about 80 minutes in the match. Ryan Bertrand was rightfully judged to show the red card by the VAR after a horrible tackle on Ayoze Perez.

Since the sent off, things started to fell apart for the Saints. Before the referee blew the whistle for the half-time, Leicester has already found the back off the net for five times and 3 points in their bag.

When a match is decided in the first half with such a goalfest, the second half usually goes just by the motion. The loosing team tightens up the defense to do some damage control while the winning team takes their foot off the pedal.

But this was an extremely rare occasion when neither happened. The ordeal continued for the Saints in the second half. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men dropped their head and became sloppier with time, while Brendan Rodgers and co get past the goal line 4 more times.

By the time final the whistle was blown, Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy has both scored an impressive hat-trick each. Two hat-tricks scored by the same team in a match is indeed a rare feat in top-tier professional football.

The win means Leicester now hold the record for the biggest away win in the Premier League. Meanwhile, this is the worst ever defeat for Southampton in their 133 years of existence.

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