Leicester City wrote a new record into the record books with a miraculous 9-0 victory at St. Mary’s against a simply woeful Southampton. Recognized now as the largest away win in Premier League history, Leicester have overwritten a 1995 record which was previously held by Manchester United with an 8-1 victory away at Nottingham Forest.
The game came to life in the 10th minute when Ben Chilwell reacted first to a deflected shot from Harvey Barnes to sweep the ball beyond Gunn from about 6 yards out to give the foxes a 1-0 lead. The goal was reviewed by VAR as there seemed to be a foul on Ryan Bertrand when Leicester retrieved the ball. However, upon review, it showed Bertrand’s challenge on Ayoze Perez, and the referee had no choice to get the red card out.
Goal number 2 came in the 17th minute when Barnes again played a lovely ball from the left flank into the box. It took a little deflection into Tielemans’ path and the Belgian calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net. Perez got his name on the score sheet not even 2 minutes later after a lovely one-two with Tielemans. Perez from a slight angle scored the 3rd despite Gunn getting a hand to it.
Southampton had a decent chance of their own with 15 minutes left in the first half. Redmond took it down the right side and played a lovely switch ball and Ings controlled it beautifully and played the ball to Hojbjerg who laid it onto Valery and just hit it softly at Schmeichel.
Perez got his second after Chilwell drifted a lovely ball towards the back post. Perez was there to put the ball past Gunn for the 4th time on 37 minutes. Southampton defense seemed to have completely switched off.
The final goal of the half comes in the 45th minute after some nice passing from the Leicester players. Ndidi lobbed a perfect ball to Chilwell to the corner of the penalty box and the left back just redirected it into the box where it found Jamie Vardy. He was able to just sidestep Yoshida and slot it in for number 5.
10 minutes after half time we got our 6th from Leicester, as Perez got his hat-trick. Hojbjerg lost control of the ball deep into his own half, which led to Barnes sinking the ball over the Southampton defense and Perez took trapped it with his chest and shot it past Gunn for his third and Leicester’s sixth.
Leicester’s 7th of the evening came after a nice ball from the halfway line from Maddison to the edge of the box. Barnes knocked it onto Chilwell who crossed a delightful ball onto Jamie Vardy’s forehead and in past the keeper. Vardy couldn’t have gotten an easier chance, and Southampton players were visibly distraught and embarrassed.
The penultimate goal of the game came from a wonderful free kick from Maddison. Vardy was tumbled right on the edge of the box, and the England international curled it over the wall and into the top left-hand corner. The final nail in the coffin came from the penalty spot. Jamie Vardy ran the ball right into the heart of the penalty boxer and was brought down by Bednarek. Vardy stepped up for his hat-trick and there was only going to be one outcome as Vardy hammered the ball into the right hand side of the goa. History was made, a record away victory, and only the second 9-0 victory in Premier League history.
With this win, Leicester jump up to second, albeit temporarily if Man City get a win against Aston Villa. The Foxes are definitely showing intent of getting into the top four, and are looking very promising with this result. For Southampton, it’ll be a case of just forget and move on, there is nothing to be learned from a result like this. But it’s fair to say, they were dreadful today.