Football: Brilliant Vardy helps leaders Leicester down Liverpool

Vardy celebrates his second goal.
Vardy celebrates his second goal.PHOTO: EPA

LEICESTER, England (REUTERS) - Jamie Vardy's stunning double strike gave leaders Leicester City a 2-0 win at home to Liverpool on Tuesday to maintain their title charge and inflate the England striker's lofty stock to new heights.

Leicester, who maintained their three-point lead at the top of the table, had twice tested Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet in the first half with the Belgian brilliantly tipping over a Shinji Okazaki header and a curling effort from Riyad Mahrez.

Yet the fireworks were reserved for shortly after the restart when Vardy latched on to a hopeful long ball forward and let fly from 25m to put Leicester ahead after 60 minutes.

He added to his tally and made the game safe 11 minutes later with a more opportunistic effort, lifting the ball into the net past Mignolet from 5m for his 18th league goal of the season.