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Leicester v Swansea - Story of the match

Published 27/08/2016

Man of the match Daniel Amartey, left, challenges Modou Barrow
Man of the match Daniel Amartey, left, challenges Modou Barrow

Jamie Vardy's first goal of the season set Leicester on their way to the first victory of their Premier League title defence as Swansea were beaten 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Vardy, the champions' leading scorer last season with 24 goals, got off the mark for the new campaign in typical fashion by emphatically finishing a lovely Leicester move.

Captain Wes Morgan doubled the lead early in the second half before Riyad Mahrez saw a penalty saved by Lukasz Fabianski and Leroy Fer headed a goal back for Swansea late on.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"The old Drinkwater over the top for Vardy works a treat! Leicester showing the form of Champions!," former England striker and Leicester fan Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker).

STAR MAN

Daniel Amartey. In for the injured Nampalys Mendy, in the only change made by Claudio Ranieri, the Ghanaian was energetic and provided a solid barrier in front of the Leicester defence. Not afraid to make a tackle, it was his challenge deep inside his own half which led to the opening goal. Composed on the ball and generally kept things simple.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MATCH

Vardy's goal. It was Leicester at their best. Amartey was N'Golo Kante-esque in tracking back to tackle and win the ball. He played a one-two with Danny Drinkwater just in front of his own penalty area before playing a ball up to Riyad Mahrez, who cushioned a header back to Drinkwater.

Then, as we saw many times last season, Drinkwater dropped a pass behind the defence for Vardy to chase. Vardy out-paced Jordi Amat and held him off before blasting a right-foot shot into the net via the inside of the near post.

DATA POINT

Leicester avoided becoming the first champions since Manchester United in 2007-08 to begin the defence of their title without winning any of their first three Premier League matches.

RATINGS

Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel 7

Danny Simpson 7

Robert Huth 7

Wes Morgan 7

Christian Fuchs 6

Riyad Mahrez 5

Danny Drinkwater 7

Daniel Amartey 8

Marc Albrighton 6

Shinji Okazaki 7

Jamie Vardy 7

Substitutes:

Ron-Robert Zieler (for Schmeichel, 57) 5

Ahmed Musa (for Albrighton, 75) 5

Leonardo Ulloa (for Okazaki, 80) 5

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski 7

Kyle Naughton 6

Federico Fernandez 5

Jordi Amat 4

Stephen Kingsley 6

Jack Cork 6

Leroy Fer 6

Wayne Routledge 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson 5

Modou Barrow 6

Fernando Llorente 5

Substitutes:

Jefferson Montero (for Sigurdsson, 59) 6

Ki Sung-yueng (for Routledge, 59) 6

Oliver McBurnie (for Cork, 86) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Liverpool v Leicester (Premier League, September 10)

Swansea v Chelsea (Premier League, September 11)

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