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Published: 17:40 | 24/4/16

Ulloa nets twice in Leicester win over Swansea

Claudio Ranieri's side extend lead over Spurs to eight points

Leonardo Ulloa netted twice, as Leicester breezed to a 4-0 Premier League victory over Swansea City at the King Power Stadium.

The win extends the Foxes' lead over second-placed Tottenham to eight points, ahead of the North Londoners' Monday night meeting with West Brom at White Hart Lane.

Claudio Ranieri's side now need two wins from their final three matches, at Manchester United next Sunday, at home to Everton on 7 May and a final-day fixture at Chelsea on 15 May, to secure a first league title in their 132-year history.

The league leaders settled the nerves of their buoyant, noisy fans early by taking the lead after 10 minutes.

And it was a gift from Swansea skipper Ashley Williams to Riyad Mahrez, the man he clashed with after the first meeting between the teams this season at the Liberty Stadium last December.

The pair had to be separated outside the Swansea dressing room, and then Williams attempted to follow Mahrez on to Leicester's team bus following the Foxes' 3-0 win.

So the Wales international centre half will be particularly gutted that his mistake, a pass across goal that hit Mahrez on the arm, was gobbled up by the Algeria international, who played to the non-existent whistle, cut back onto his left foot then stroked the ball beyond Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski at his near post.

Ulloa, starting in place of the suspended Jamie Vardy, then doubled the lead on the half-hour mark with a sharp header from Mahrez's free-kick.

It was the £400,000 signing from Le Havre's 12th assist this term, to go with the 17 goals he has netted in this remarkable Premier League season.

Ulloa then netted his second goal of the afternoon with a bundled finish at the far post on the hour mark, after the Swansea defence could only half clear Jeffrey Schlupp's centre across goal, before substitute Marc Albrighton wrapped up the scoring on 85 minutes after Fabianski could only block substitute Demarai Gray's initial effort.

"4-0 to the one-man team," jubilant Leicester supporters sang at the final whistle, although their joy may be tempered by an injury suffered by Vardy's able deputy Ulloa, who limped off in the closing moments after suffering a back spasm.

By Nick Royle.

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