April 14, 2018 / 4:16 PM / 10 months ago

Soccer-Burnley beat Leicester to boost European hopes

* Burnley open up nine point gap over Leicester with win

* Chris Wood put Burnley ahead in the sixth minute

* Kevin Long header made it 2-0 three minutes later

* Jamie Vardy failed to convert two promising chances

* Vardy finally scored in 72nd minute with powerful drive

* Burnley host Chelsea next, Leicester welcome Southampton


April 14 (Reuters) Burnley earned their fifth straight Premier League win with a 2-1 triumph over Leicester City at Turf Moor on Saturday to boost their chances of qualifying for next season’s Europa League.

Former Leicester striker Chris Wood put Burnley ahead in the sixth minute, latching on to a clever Ashley Barnes pass and firing past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at the second attempt.

Three minutes later Burnley doubled their advantage when Kevin Long rose at the back post to head home a Johann Berg Gudmundsson corner.

Leicester had several chances to get back into the game but it was not until the 72nd minute that they found the target — Jamie Vardy powering home after a strong run and pass from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho.

The seventh-placed Clarets held on, though, to open up a nine-point lead over eighth placed Leicester. Seventh place would be enough to qualify for the Europa League unless Southampton win the FA Cup. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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