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High-flying Leicester complete remarkable comeback to down Villa

Nathan Dyer scored the winner as the Foxes moved up to second in the Premier League table.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Aston Villa - King Power Stadium Leicester's Nathan Dyer collides with Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan as he scores his side's third goal. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa

NATHAN DYER SCORED a brave 89th-minute winner as Leicester City stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 and claim second place in the Premier League on Sunday.

Villa looked set to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on Claudio Ranieri’s men after stylish first-time finishes either side of half-time by Jack Grealish and Carles Gil put them in control at the King Power Stadium.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Leicester City v Aston Villa - King Power Stadium Jamie Vardy was on target. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

But Ritchie De Laet halved the deficit in the 72nd minute with a flick from a Riyad Mahrez corner that the Goal Decision System showed had just crossed the line before Jamie Vardy turned in Danny Drinkwater’s low cross for the equaliser 10 minutes later.

With Villa hanging on, Mahrez floated a cross into the box and Dyer, a half-time replacement for Shinji Okazaki, showed huge courage to beat outrushing goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the ball and head home.

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The result preserved Leicester’s unbeaten record and left them four points below leaders Manchester City, with their Midlands rivals Villa seven points back in 15th place.

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