Leicester City got their season up and running with a 2-0 win over a lacklustre Brighton and Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
- Leicester City 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0
- Okazaki nets after 52 seconds
- Maguire doubles the lead on 54 minutes
Brighton looked flat and devoid of ideas up front for most the game which in turn meant that even Leicester were not at their fluent best and never really moved beyond third gear; ultimately proving to be a comfortable afternoon for Craig Shakespeare's team.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 19, 2017
It took the Foxes less than a minute to open the scoring after Riyad Mahrez cut in from the left and fired a shot straight at visiting keeper Mathew Ryan, who spilled what should have been a simple take, allowing Shinji Okazaki to squeeze the ball into goal for his second strike in two matches.
The home team continued to dominate proceedings and nearly doubled their lead on 16 minutes when Brighton left-back Markus Suttner's badly miss-hit pass was intercepted by Okazaki, who in turn played in Jamie Vardy, only for the England striker to make a real hash of his attempted finish.
Despite struggling to get into the game, Brighton had the ball in the net midway through the first half, but Glenn Murray’s well hit finish was ruled out for off-sides.
The next chance arrived six minutes before half time when Matty James fired over a volley for the Foxes.
A cleverly-worked free kick then saw Vardy playing in Okazaki, but he just couldn't stretch enough to get in at the near post three minutes before the interval.
Brighton continued to struggle up front after the restart and Leicester's lead was doubled six minutes into the second half when the impressive Harry Maguire rose well at the back post to head in a Riyad Mahrez corner.
There was finally some work to do for home keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was forced into a diving save 18 minutes from time to keep out substitute Tomer Hemed’s crisp hit from just outside the box.
But that proved to be the last form of any attempted fight back from the Premiership newcomers, who although having dominated ball possession overall, looked toothless in attack against the Foxes, for whom Vardy hobbled off with a late knock.