They're partying like 2016 in the East Midlands.
Jamie Vardy scored his English Premier League-leading 11th goal of the season Saturday, which held up as the winner in Leicester City's 2-0 victory over Arsenal at King Power Stadium.
Vardy finished off a strong buildup, burying Youri Tielemans' incisive pass on one touch in the 68th minute.
The 32-year-old, who was left out of Gareth Southgate's England side for their final European qualifiers, regained the league's goal-scoring lead with the goal. Vardy has now scored 20 goals in 22 games since manager Brendan Rodgers took over for Leicester last season, and is on pace to far exceed the career-high 24 goals he scored for Leicester's title-winning side in 2015-16.
Vardy turned set-up man seven minutes later, assisting on James Maddison's 75th-minute strike.
Maddison's goal moved Leicester into a tie for second place, and the Foxes have an inside edge towards a Champions League berth with a nine-point lead on fifth-place Sheffield United. Depending upon the results of Sunday's Liverpool-Manchester City clash, Leicester could head into the international break in second place.
The Premier League is pushing back its restart date indefinitely amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it announced in a statement Friday.
After bringing together the league’s top officials on a video conference, it was decided that the original hopes to begin playing again at the beginning of May were premature.
“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May,” the statement read. “And that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.
“The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution.”
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Players also are facing a wage reduction of up to 30 percent as the league deals with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
Until health officials declare that social distancing regulations can be lifted, don’t expect to see much in the way of live sports.
The Premier League suspending its season last month due to the global coronavirus pandemic delayed Liverpool’s inevitable clinching of their first top-flight title in three decades by at least two months.
The Reds, who were six points from winning their first-ever Premier League title, won’t lift the trophy until May at the absolute earliest. The season is suspended through at least April 30, and league executives reportedly will discuss what the remainder of the season could look like in a Friday conference call.
There wasn’t much drama remaining in Liverpool’s title challenge, but the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Premier League by the time it closed its doors. Every club had at least nine matches remaining, with multiple spots for next season’s European competitions, all three relegation places still up for grabs and bragging rights in some of England’s best rivalries still unsolved
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