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Everton 2- 3 Leicester City report and video: Foxes in dreamland after Riyad Mahrez double

Leicester City secured a 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon as they moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Shinji Okazaki added the icing to the cake with this strike in the second half, with the 29-year-old securing all three points for the visitors on another memorable afternoon in what is turning out to be a sensational season for the club.

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However, Claudio Ranieri will owe much to Riyad Mahrez, as he kept his cool from the penalty spot on two occasions to beat Tim Howard to score either side of a strike from Romelu Lukaku.

The 24-year-old has now scored 13 goals in 16 outings in the Premier League this season as he played a crucial role in inflicting defeat on the Toffees.

Meanwhile, Kevin Mirallas scored late on to set up an anxious end to the game as Leicester were forced to defend in a frantic four minutes of injury time, but the visitors were able to hold on to seal the victory.

Despite continuing to face doubts regarding their aspirations of breaking into the top four this season, the Foxes continue to silence their critics with impressive results.

Jamie Vardy was influential in winning the penalty for the second goal as he was unable to get on the scoresheet himself, and despite the fact that Ranieri was missing the likes of Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater, his side were still able to find a way to win.

As a result, they moved five points clear of Arsenal who play Manchester City on Monday night, while the likes of Manchester United lost further ground after falling to defeat to Norwich City at Old Trafford.

Whether or not the Italian can inspire his outfit to continue their form into 2016 remains to be seen, but in a week in which they have defeated Chelsea at home and Everton away, they will be forgiven for celebrating their current success.

Nevertheless, the focus will remain on survival for a side that had been tipped to be involved in a relegation battle this season, and they continue to edge closer to the 40-point mark which ordinarily is enough to avoid the drop.

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