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Published: 19:29 | 7/5/16

Champions Leicester outclass Everton

Vardy grabs double in comfortable win

Newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City celebrated their title success with an impressive 3-1 win over Everton.

After being confirmed champions without kicking a ball on Monday evening, there was a party atmosphere at the King Power Stadium for the late kick-off and the fans had plenty to cheer about as Jamie Vardy brace and one from Andy King put the champions 3-0 up before Kevin Mirallas grabbed a late consolation for the Toffees.

Andrea Bocelli performed a rousing rendition of Nessun Dorm ahead of the game and it did not take long for the crowd to rise to their feet once again, this time for Vardy when he opened the scoring in the fifth minute.

The goal came after Andy King collected the ball in midfield and found Vardy, who beat Joel Robles, much to the delight of the King Power faithful.

Everton were no match for the champions and it was a case of when, not if, the Foxes would double their lead. It took until just after the half-hour mark when King, in for the suspended Danny Drinkwater, found the net from ten yards after good work from Riyad Mahrez.

Leicester were awarded a penalty when Vardy was fouled by Matthew Pennington and the Football Writers Player of the Year made no mistake with his spot kick for his 24th league goal of the season.

Just five minutes later referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot again but this time Vardy sent his shot high over the bar.

With their trophy presentation edging ever closer, Leicester will be forgiven for a lapse in concentration as Kevin Mirallas grabbed a late consolation for Everton, but the goal did little to dampen the party atmosphere.

Shortly after lifting the trophy, captain Wes Morgan said: "I am emotionally drained. It was an unbelievable feeling to finally get my hands on the trophy. I had to hold back the tears, I held them back and lifted it up – it was the best feeling in the world.

"Everyone has been going on about how I was going to lift the trophy and saying don't drop it and putting some pressure on me. There is no better feeling lifting the trophy.

"Hopefully, we can crack on from here. It is a big, big season next season but I want to enjoy the moment.

"It's like a dream but now it's a reality and you just want to enjoy it.

"We have always believed. We knew on our day we were as good as all the other teams. It was about consistebncy.

"We do everything together. There are no egos in our team."

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