Tottenham cash in on Jamie Vardy penalty miss to sink Leicester

The Guardian - Feb 10, 15:45 GMT

To say the scene was set for Jamie Vardy was one of the understatements of the season

To say the scene was set for Jamie Vardy was one of the understatements of the season. Dropped to the Leicester bench by Claude Puel despite his fine scoring record against big-six opposition, the striker was introduced in the 59th minute with his team trailing to Dávinson Sánchez’s first-half header but having just been awarded the softest of penalties.

Surely Vardy would not run straight on to take the kick? He did and the Wembley crowd held its breath. In 51 previous Premier League appearances against the big six Vardy had scored 28 goals. Thirteen of them had come since the beginning of last season but, on this occasion, his sights were awry. Hugo Lloris, the game’s outstanding performer, went the right way to save and that seemed even more important moments later when Christian Eriksen scored at the other end for 2-0.

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