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Leicester equal Premier League record with Southampton rout

Leicester City entered the Premier League's record book 9–0 at Southampton on Friday, their biggest ever win in the division's history.

Ayoz Perez and Jamie Vardy both hit a hat-trick as Brendan Rodgers had a great start to the season.

Manchester United's 9–0 demolition of Manchester United was equaled at Old Trafford in March 1995.

Leicester League leaders are just five points behind Liverpool, who host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, after a historic performance, the Saints drowned, who fell into the goal gap in the goal gap when they clashed at St Mary's Stadium.

However, despite the big margin of victory, they can still be caught by champions Manchester City, who will return for second place should they win as expected against Aston Villa on Saturday.

"We said at half-time, keep your pace in the game and we have to punish them," Rodgers said. "It is part of our education. We have to come out of the boy zone and play like men and respect the game. They are very talented and are learning to be ruthless. "

Ben Chilwell started the destruction in the 10th minute when he tapped on a rebound, and awarded Ryan Bertrand's red card – an opener via VAR to a late tackle on Ayoz Perez in the build-up – to the away side. Helped to open Floodgate.

A quickfire strike from Yuri Tielemans and Perez netted Leicester three goals and a goal down the south coast in less than 20 minutes.

Perez again took a break from a Chilwell cross seven minutes earlier, allowing Verdi to score four for the first time in the evening as Leicester scored five goals in the first half of the league match for the first time since 1984.

It was also the first time a side crashed home after Manchester City were defeated 6–1 by Manchester City in April 2010 in the opening round of the Premier League game.

However, Leicester were not prevented from raining goals over Southampton, just over a minute before the two-hour mark.

First Perez completed his treble after a superb collection of Harvey Barnes lobbed through the ball in the 57th minute, and Verdi headed home after another accurate Chilwell cross second.

James Madison scored a record-breaking away scoreline with five minutes remaining when he homered a perfect free-kick that overtook the desperate Angus Gun.

And Verdi sealed his ninth-place finish of the season in Leicester's record book, a home penalty, which took him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts, with nine goals to nine. Saath topped the scoring chart.

"It was an embarrassing performance, nightmare stuff and especially playing at home," Saints Nathan Redmond Sky Sports.