Riyad Mahrez grabbed a hat-trick as Leicester City remained top of the league with a 3-0 win over Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
- Swansea City 0 Leicester City 3
- Mahrez bags a first-half brace
- Ki and Sigurdsson hit the woodwork
- Mahrez completes his hattrick
Leicester were completely dominant in the first half and took the lead from a fifth-minute corner when Marc Albrighton's ball in towards the near post found its way across the line via Riyad Mahrez.
The Foxes and Mahrez had a second not long afterwards thanks to N'Golo Kante's fine through ball finding the Algerian winger to beat Fabianski with a neat finish.
Swansea regrouped at halftime and could have pulled one back just a couple of minutes into the second period when Ki Sung-yueng hit the crossbar via a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick, before the Iceland international hit the post later in the half.
Despite a more spirited display from the Swans after the break, Mahrez completed his hattrick in the 67th minute after Jamie Vardy laid it off for him to wrap up a comfortable win for the energetic Foxes, who go top of the Premier League standings.
Leicester took little time to get into the swing of things and were ahead as early as the fifth minute after some aggressive pressing from Jamie Vardy won the Foxes a corner off Kyle Bartley. Marc Albrighton produced a fine inswinging corner towards the near post, where it hit Riyad Mahrez on the back and found its way across the line.
After conceding the Swans tried to haul themselves back into the game, but could well have been two goals behind when Leonardo Ulloa put Vardy through on goal, but one-on-one with Lukasz Fabianski he failed to score in his 12th consecutive game by hitting his shot straight at the goalkeeper.
But the Foxes were two goals to the good soon afterward as Mahrez bagged his second. A diagonal through-ball from N'Golo Kante found the Algerian's run, beating the Swans defence and strong suspicions of offside to latch onto the pass and stroke the ball home.
A few minutes later and Mahrez could have had a hat trick when he broke forward once again down the right flank. He possibly could have set up Vardy for an easier effort, but he tried to beat Fabianski for a third time and the Polish keeper was equal to the task.
The Foxes kept up the pressure throughout the rest of the first half and had numerous opportunities to add to the advantage, with Ulloa missing a chance when he could have found Vardy in space, while the Swans looked out of their depth throughout.
Although the Foxes were rampant in the first half and could well have taken a bigger lead in at the break, they almost saw it halved just two minutes after the restart when Gylfi Sigurdsson's free kick was met by Ki Sung-yueng, but the South Korean's header bounced back off the crossbar.
The Swans were much improved in the second half, but Leicester wrapped up the win with a third goal in the 66th minute, with Mahrez finally bagging his hattrick.
N'Golo Kante was again important in creating the opportunity, running forward with possession and feeding Vardy, who unselfishly laid it off for Mahrez to rifle a low shot into the bottom corner.
Although Leicester looked the more likely to score the game's fourth goal it was Swansea who hit the bar for a second time when Sigurdsson tried his luck with a clever curling effort that had Kasper Schmeichel beat but bounced off the right post.