Vardy scores again as Leicester beats Watford 2-0 in EPL

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              Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring from his side's penalty against Watford during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Watford at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)
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LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored for the seventh straight game in the Premier League to lead his team to a 2-0 win over last-place Watford and a return to second place in the standings on Wednesday.

After being denied a penalty in the first half — and subsequently given a yellow card for diving — Vardy converted a 55th-minute spot kick after Jonny Evans was fouled by Adam Masina.

James Maddison added the second goal following a counterattack in injury time as Leicester climbed back in front of Manchester City, which briefly moved into second with a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday.

It was Leicester’s seventh straight league win, tying its record for successive top-flight victories, set in 1963.

Vardy is also closing in on his record of scoring in 11 straight games, set in Leicester’s improbable title-winning season in 2015-16.

Watford, without a manager following the firing of Quique Sanchez Flores on Sunday, slipped seven points adrift of safety and still has just one win all campaign.