Maddison stars in Leicester’s 4-0 win over Newcastle in EPL

LEICESTER, England , Dec 12 (AP) — James Maddison scored one goal and played a part in the other three as Leicester beat Newcastle 4-0 to keep the visitors in the Premier League’s relegation zone on Sunday.

Youri Tielemans, playing in his 100th Premier League game, netted twice and Patson Daka also scored but Maddison stood out at King Power Stadium with a virtuoso performance in midfield that combined creativity and finishing ability.

Maddison was tripped in the penalty area for a penalty that was converted by Tielemans in the 38th minute to put Leicester ahead.

He then produced a wonderful pass with the outside of his boot to send Harvey Barnes clear, with the winger having the simplest of tasks to pass inside for Patson Daka to tap into an empty net in the 57th.

Maddison laid the ball off for Tielemans to score the third goal from close range in the 81st, then played a one-two with Daka before powering a finish into the far corner in the 85th.

Maddison was substituted to a standing ovation moments later.

The closest Newcastle came to scoring was when Timothy Castagne’s backpass almost went into his own net, only for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to scramble back and clear off the line.

Newcastle, which was recently bought by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to become one of the world’s richest teams, stayed in next-to-last place — three points from safety after 16 games.

Leicester jumped to eighth.