Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City both suffered defeats in their first match of this Premier League campaign, so they both had the opportunity to redeem themselves today. However, an extremely early goal from Shinji Okazaki allowed Leicester to impose themselves on the match and eventually, the home side recorded a 2-0 victory over Brighton.
FIRST HALF: OKAZAKI STRIKES LIKE LIGHTNING
Can you ask for a better start than a goal in the first minute? Leicester had the fans at the King Power stadium cheering very early on after Riyad Mahrez embarked on a mazy run down the right wing.
Once the tricky Algerian reached the Brighton penalty area, he used his signature move of cutting inside to evade two defenders. His following shot was saved well by goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, but the rebound fell kindly to Okazaki. The Leicester striker made no mistake to react quickly and poke the ball into the net.
The goal seemed to give Leicester the energy to keep pushing for a second goal. Brighton had moments where it seemed like they were attempting to hold possession and form attacks, but for the most part, Leicester had them pinned in their own half.
The majority of the chances also fell to the home side, as Jamie Vardy was able to trouble the Brighton backline and even force a superb double block from the defenders.
Despite all of this pressure, Brighton held on and went into halftime without conceding a second goal, giving them hope of salvaging the match.
SECOND HALF: BRIGHTON ARE PUT TO THE SWORD
Those hopes were promptly dashed when Leicester scored their second goal within 10 minutes of the second half.
An excellent corner delivery from Mahrez found a rising Harry Maguire at the back post, allowing him to power his header past Ryan and into the back of the net. Not bad for a home debut from Maguire.
After the goal, Leicester were content to frustrate Brighton and hit them on the break, leading to an excellent chance for Mahrez on a cutback.
But besides one solid chance for Brighton in the second half, the away side never looked likely to come back from a two-goal deficit.
LEICESTER IMPRESS AT HOME, BRIGHTON STILL SEARCH FOR A WIN
Leicester will be very pleased with their strong showing at home. They’ve always delivered at the King Power, and if that continues this season then they could easily look for a solid top-half finish.
Mahrez, despite rumors linking him away from Leicester City, delivered an emphatic performance that saw him have a hand in both goals scored. The magic he brings to the Leicester attack means they can never be counted out in a match.
Brighton, on the other hand, will be disappointed to go without a point in their first two Premier League games as a club. It has been a very tough test for them so far, but against Leicester today and Manchester City last week, they have shown flashes of quality.
It will take many favorable results for Brighton to avoid relegation, but their performances so far point to them not giving up without a fight.
• Possession: Leicester 45% Brighton 55%
• Corners: Leicester 6 Brighton 2
• Shots: Leicester 14 Brighton 5
• Shots on Target: Leicester 4 Brighton 2
• Fouls: Leicester 8 Brighton 10