Foxes ease past Black Cats

Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Leicester City go their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with an entertaining 4-2 win over Sunderland.

Vardy opens scoring early on
Mahrez brace secures win
Defoe grabs one back
Sides trade two more in the second
Foxes off the mark with a win

Match Summary

Jamie Vardy put the Foxes in front before Mahrez's impressive brace had Claudio Ranieri's men 3-0 up at half-time half-time.

Sunderland showed signs of a revival when Jermaine Defoe pulled a goal back on the hour-mark only for Marc Albrighton to restore the deficit six minutes later.

Steven Fletcher grabbed the final goal of the game and added some respectability to the scoreline on a day that Dick Advocaat's men were thoroughly beaten.

Full Report

The Foxes were up inside the first 10 minutes as Vardy met Albrighton's whipped free-kick in at the near post and the forward's looping header evaded everyone, dropping in at the far post to give the hosts the lead.

The early lead only increased the Foxes appetite for goals and they came close to doubling their lead moments later as a Shinji Okazaki effort was blocked and fell to Mahrez, who lashed his effort just wide.

The Frenchman soon had his first, however, as Albrighton fired another brilliant cross into the box and Mahrez rose highest to head past a hopeless Pantillimon in the Black Cats goal.

Leicester were running rampant in the first-half and Mahrez was proving too hot to handle down the right hand-side, his trickery drawing a foul out of Lee Cattermole in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

Mahrez stepped up and coolly slotted home into the bottom corner to effectively end the game as a contest before the break.

Five minutes before half-time and Mahrez came close to grabbing a hat-trick, this time the winger latches onto Vardy's lofted pass and fires just over the bar.

In the second-half, and Sunderland were up against it once more as Vardy tore down the left hand side, Sebastian Coates in his wake only to see his chipped effort fly just wide of the far post.

The Black Cats finally go a goal back after a lot of defending as Defoe pounced on a lose ball and finished well past Kasper Schmeichel into the back of the net.

They were back in the game for a mere seven minutes before Albrighton made the most of Coates' error and slot home with a snapshot just inside the area.

Fletcher grabbed a late goal with a towering header late on, but the Black Cats would leave the King Power Stadium being well-beaten by a Leicester outfit who looked dangerous throughout the clash.

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