Leicester go top of the league on Ranieri debut

Leicester went top of the Premier League on Saturday as their opening day 4-2 defeat of Sunderland lifted them clear of the pack on goal difference at King Power Stadium.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa but Leicester’s four-goal tally lifts them top-of-the-table ahead of the final
match of the day where champions Chelsea host Swansea at Stamford Bridge. James Vardy, who made his England debut during the 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland in May, opened the scoring for the hosts with a deft header from Marc Albrighton’s cross after just 11 minutes. The Foxes then extended their advantage with the first of two goals from French-born Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez. The 24-year-old, who signed from French club Le Havre in 2014, headed home the second goal for new manager Claudio Ranieri after more good work from Albrighton to hand the home side a 2-0 lead after just 18 minutes.


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