NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Ayoze Perez and James Maddison took advantage of defensive mistakes as second-place Leicester maintained its distant pursuit of Premier League leader Liverpool with a comfortable 3-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday.
The hosts played the final 39 minutes with 10 men after Fabian Schar limped off injured with all three substitutions already made in a game watched by more than 52,000 at St. James’ Park. American defender DeAndre Yedlin played on for Newcastle despite a suspected broken right hand. The club is awaiting the results of x-rays.
Leicester took the lead in the 36th minute when former Newcastle player Perez intercepted Florian Lejeune’s poor cross-field ball and cut inside Schar to fire past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, despite slipping as he took aim.
Lejeune’s afternoon took a further turn for the worse within three minutes when another poor pass was picked off to allow Maddison to blast a superb left-foot shot high into the top corner and make it 2-0. Substitute Hamza Choudhury wrapped up the win in style in the 87th, sweeping home a third off the underside of the crossbar for his first Premier League goal.
Leicester is 10 points behind Liverpool and has played two more matches.