Iheanacho scores first Premier League hat-trick, gets praises
Leicester City defeated relegation-bound Sheffield United 5-0 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday and the hat-trick scored by Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho became the major highlight of the match.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers would say of the Nigerian: “Kelechi Iheanacho is a great guy and when he has been asked to come in he has performed.”
Rodgers handed the Super Eagles attacker his fourth straight start in the league and the striker was joined in the starting lineup by international teammate Wilfred Ndidi, with both playing all the match.
Iheanacho’s close range finish assisted by his strike partner Jamie Vardy was the difference at half-time. Leicester City totally dominated the game in the second half and scored four more goals.
Ayoze Perez doubled the advantage at minute 64 and Iheanacho scored with a first time finish to make it 3-0 on 69 minutes with Vardy providing the assist again.
The Nigerian scored his third and Leicester City’s fourth with a superb effort from distance with twelve minutes left on the clock. It became his first-ever hat-trick in the Premier League.
Iheanacho’s other hat-trick in English football was against Aston Villa in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup back in January 2016.
Leicester City wrapped up the scoring in the 80th minute as Jamie Vardy’s shot from a tight angle was deflected in by Sheffield’s Ethan Ampadu.