Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans scored twice as Leicester City thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Leicester found the net either side of halftime through a penalty from Tielemans and a tap-in from Zambian forward Patson Daka. Tielemans and James Maddison scored late on to condemn Newcastle to their eighth defeat of the season.
Tielemans scored from the spot shortly before the break after Maddison had been tripped by Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles. Replays showed Maddison may have anticipated the contact and Newcastle manager Eddie Howe was aggrieved.
“It was a strange game because I thought we were OK for large parts. We conceded a goal with the penalty – which was debatable whether it was. The scoreline looks like a heavy defeat but I didn’t think it felt like that at all,” Howe told Sky Sports.
Leicester doubled their lead in the 57th minute when Maddison found Harvey Barnes who ran through on goal and laid it off for Daka to score.
Newcastle barely threatened Kasper Schmeichel’s goal and the closest they came to scoring was through Leicester defender Timothy Castagne when he overhit a back pass to the Danish keeper who had to race back and clear the ball off the line.
Tielemans got his second, hitting the ball into the roof of the net from close range, before Maddison put a gloss on the scoreline with his fourth league goal of the season.
“The most pleasing thing after getting an assist, a goal and a penalty is the clean sheet. We’ve talked about that a lot. To look at the scoreboard at the end and see a nil next to the opponent is a good feeling,” Maddison said.
Newcastle are 19th in the standings, only kept off the bottom thanks to Norwich City’s worse goal difference. Leicester climbed to eighth.