Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy hit cap deceives as uncontrolled Leicester City crushed 10-man Southampton 9-0 to rise to the greatest success in Premier League history.
Brendan Rodgers’ great Foxes enrolled five first-half objectives at St Mary’s on the way to exacting the heaviest annihilation in Saints’ 134-year presence and move second in the table.
Strikes from Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison finished an amazing scoreline as City imitated Manchester United’s 9-0 success over Ipswich in March 1995.
During a history-production night on the south coast, Saints safeguard Ryan Bertrand turned into the main top-flight player sent off after a VAR survey after a risky jump at Perez in the development to Chilwell’s tenth moment opener.
The early expulsion without a doubt significantly affected the house side’s fortunes yet it couldn’t pardon the humiliating – and record-breaking – capitulation which pursued.
Southampton’s past most noticeably awful annihilations on home soil were 6-0 inversions to Plymouth in 1931 and Brentford in 1959. The pounding misfortune likewise outperformed three 8-0 thrashings out and about, the latest of which came against Everton in 1971.
At his pre-coordinate question and answer session, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had gotten his side to pound out a “filthy win” to give their prosperity starved home fans a first success on home soil since mid-April.
Be that as it may, their expectations of doing so were managed a sledge blow during an emotional couple of minutes which saw them fall behind and decreased to 10 men.
Left-back Chilwell asserted the objective, simply the second of his expert vocation, completing first time on the bounce back after Angus Gunn pushed away Harvey Barnes’ underlying exertion.
With the Foxes as yet observing, Saints’ wretchedness was immediately exacerbated as ref Andre Marriner was prompted by the VAR to demonstrate a merited red card to Bertrand for urgent studs-up rush at Perez in the development.
Replays of the test left Southampton with little to gripe about and the game immediately fled from them in wonderful style.
Leicester, who had ruled belonging before Bertrand’s rejection, multiplied their bit of leeway in the seventeenth moment when Tielemans discharged a low shot past Gunn after Yan Valery had accidentally occupied the ball into his way.
Boos rang around the ground only seconds after the fact when Perez broke into the crate by gorgeously trading goes with Tielemans before sliding a low shot off the saturated surface and past Gunn at the close to post.
Forcing Leicester were in no state of mind to have compassion for their shocked hosts and, after Valery tried Foxes attendant Kasper Schmeichel during an uncommon home assault, they turned the screw with two all the more first-half objectives.
Perez decidedly asserted his second in 39th moment by interfacing with Chilwell’s profound cross from the left to pound a short proximity half-volley into the top of the net.
Previous England striker Vardy acquired more sneers from the stands the last moment of the half by effectively slipping inside Maya Yoshida and crushing the ball past Gunn.
The upbeat away end demonstrated little compassion for serenades of ‘Goodness when the Saints go walking out’ as Southampton fans left their seats in large numbers for much-required refreshment or, as a rule, an early exit.
Harm confinement was particularly on the brain of Hasenhuttl as he expedited safeguards Kevin Danso and Jack Stephens at the break.
The changes had nearly nothing, assuming any, sway. Perez, who hit a cap stunt for Newcastle against Saints last season, guaranteed his treble by smoothly chesting down a Barnes pass and volleying past Gunn in the 57th moment.
Second later the ball was in a similar net again as the plain Vardy headed home a Chilwell cross.
Holy people, who quickly took steps to pull one back through Nathan Redmond, had at this point more torment to persevere.
Maddison expertly twisted home a 25-yard free-kick a short ways from time, before Vardy asserted his third from the punishment spot in the wake of being brought somewhere near Jan Bednarek in stoppage time.