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Iheanacho nets hat-trick as Leicester sink Sheffield

Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed a superb hat-trick as Leicester City maintained their push for a top-four finish with a 5-1 bashing of Sheffield United Sunday.

It was the Blades’ first game since the departure of manager Chris Wilder and appointment of Under-23s boss Paul Heckingbottom, but the result had a familiar feeling for the doomed Blades.

Iheanacho, who scored for a third successive Premier League game for the first time, met Jamie Vardy’s cut-back to break the deadlock shortly before the halftime break .

Ayoze Perez had come closest to an early opener with a flicked header that Aaron Ramsdale diverted onto the post, but the Spaniard got the goal his performance deserved with a fine finish into the bottom corner after 64 minutes.

Iheanacho got his second from Vardy’s brilliant pass five minutes later, before the 24-year old Nigerian international completed his treble with a neat strike.

Vardy thought he had ended a six-game goal drought with his shot 10 minutes from time, but Blades defender Ethan Ampadu made the decisive touch.

Brendan Rodgers’ men move into second place, above Manchester United, who face West Ham later tonight.

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