Ross Barkley scored a spectacular late winner as Aston Villa continued their remarkable 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League season with victory at Leicester.

The loan star struck in the first minute of added-time as Dean Smith's side moved to second with 12 points from 12 available.

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Villa had looked set to take a credible draw at the King Power until Barkley picked up the ball in a deep position and lifted a delightful shot from 25 yards into the corner.

The first half, though enjoyable, was devoid of any real goalmouth action. Timothy Castagne came closest for the hosts, forcing Emiliano Martinez into a save from an acute angle, while at the opposite end, Jack Grealish's cross was sent wide by Trezeguet.

After the restart, the unmarked Ezri Konso somehow headed wide from just a matter of yards from Grealish's corner.

The visitors came into the match off the back of that amazing 7-2 mauling over Liverpool, but it took them until the 69th-minute to register their first shot on target - a tame Douglas Luiz attempt.

Villa had been the more threatening side in the second half, with Grealish pulling the strings, and just when we thought we were heading for the first goalless draw of the season, Barkley popped up with a lovely winner.

The result means Villa are a point behind early pacesetters Everton having played a game less while Leicester remain fourth.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium

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TALKING POINT - Villa continue to ride crest of a wave

Back in March, just before football was suspended, Dean Smith's charges were beaten 4-0 at the King Power Stadium. On that day, Jamie Vardy - missing tonight through injury - scored twice as the Foxes ran riot over a side that looked relegation bound. How football can change in such a short space of time.

Dean Smith described that defeat as a "watershed moment" for the club. He isn't wrong. Villa survived and after four games of the new Premier League season, his side have a perfect start. It's the first time they have won their opening four games in 90 years. Full credit to Smith and Villa for a remarkable turn around in events.

He recruited well over the summer, with Barkley proving to be a real handful so far, scoring twice already for his new club. He can provide a moment of magic, taking the pressure off Grealish, who was almost a one-man show last season.

Who knows how long this run can last. But in an extraordinary season, Villains will be dreaming about how far they can go.

MAN OF THE MATCH - Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

A typical performance from the Villa playmaker. Drove his team forward with close control, pace and direct running. Another standout display.

Leicester City v Aston Villa

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PLAYER RATINGS

Leicester: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 7, Fofana 6, Evans 6, Justin 6, Mendy 6, Tielemans 6, Barnes 5, Praet 6, Perez 6, Iheanacho 5.. subs: , Choudhury N/A, Maddison 7, Slimani 5.

Aston Villa: Martinez 6, Cash 7, Konsa 6, Mings 7, Targett 6, Luiz 6, McGinn 6, Barkley 8, Grealish 8, Trezeguet 7, Watkins 7.. subs: Traore N/A.

KEY MOMENTS

22' - Chance! Iheanacho holds play up which allows Castagne to make the run on the overlap. Cash and Barnes come together off the ball inside the penalty area but play continues and the full-back has space... but Martinez saves his shot from an acute angle.

26' - Just wide! McGinn sprays a lovely cross-field pass to Targett on the left. He feeds Grealish, whose low cut back finds Trezeguet. He gets a shot way despite pressure from Justin but it's sent just wide! He's appealing for a penalty, but the referee isn't interested.

53' - So close! Grealish whips in the corner and Konsa nips in between Praet and Justin and heads just wide! That's the closest we've come to an opening goal!

90'+1 - GOAAAALLLLL! Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa (Barkley): Oh my!!! Villa are ahead! Their perfect start to the Premier League is set to continue! He picks up the ball in a deep position, he's invited to shoot and from 25 yards he finds the corner of the net!

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KEY STATS

  • Aston Villa have won their opening four games of a league season for the first time since the 1930-31 campaign, when they went on to finish second in the top-flight.
  • Ross Barkley has scored in each of his two Premier League appearances for Aston Villa (two goals), as many as he managed in his last 42 for Chelsea before moving to Villa Park.
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