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Summary

  1. Leicester XI: Schmeichel, De Laet, Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Albrighton, Drinkwater, King, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy
  2. Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Jones, Kaboul, Coates, Van Aanholt; Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson; Johnson, Lens, Defoe

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

And that is that. Lee Mason brings an end to proceedings and it's a wonderful opening victory for Leicester City in a entertaining match. On the back of that performance, Sunderland need to sign a few defenders asap.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

Claudio Ranieri, chest puffed out, whistling instructions to his players, like a shepherd trying to direct his sheep dog. Whatever works. Leicester fans whistling, too, urging the referee to end this match.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

The pitch bathed in sunshine and Leicester fans enjoying a bright start to the start of their season. Sunderland aren't bombarding the Leicester box, which is what they need to be doing if they are to sow seeds of doubt. It's all fairly easy for the hosts.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

Leicester closing in on victory. It's been end-to-end stuff and, again, the hosts could have gone further ahead only for Shinji Okazaki to shoot wide from a promising position. Five minutes of added time to play.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

Sebastian Coates
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Marc Albrighton with a free-kick on the left but Costel Pantilimon steps off his line and calmly gathers. Even though he's conceded four goals, Pantilimon has been one of Sunderland's better players this afternoon.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher with a chance, but the ball doesn't fall kindly for him. Leicester's defence panicking slightly, they've retreated which allows the visitors to turn up the pressure.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

A rash challenge from Jack Rodwell on Leicester new boy Shinji Okazaki. The midfielder has already been booked. The Foxes fans hissing. But Lee Mason doesn't even deem a foul to have been committed.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

Jack Rodwell has the freedom to roam in the middle of the pitch and the former Everton midfielder pings a pass to Steven Fletcher in a promising position, but there's too much adrenaline in the goalscorer's cross towards Jermain Lens. Sunderland will need to do better than that as we enter the final 10 minutes.

SUBSTITUTION - Fuchs for Mahrez

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

A standing ovation for Riyad Mahrez as he leaves the field, making way for Christian Fuchs who makes his Foxes debut.

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

This is not a match for those who prefer their defences to be well organised and resolute. Both Leicester and Sunderland's defences will need to improve if they are to hold firm against the big guns.

GOAL - Steven Fletcher

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

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Jermain Lens attempts to beat Kasper Schmeichel with a lobbed effort towards the far post. His piece of improvisation turns out to be a canny cross which Steven Fletcher heads home.

Leicester 4-1 Sunderland

Costel Pantilimon races out of his box to collect the ball, but did the goalkeeper handle the ball outside the area? He seemed to, Jamie Vardy appeals, but the referee ignores the Leicester striker. Sunderland's goalkeeper gets away with it.

GOAL - Marc Albrighton

Leicester 4-1 Sunderland

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And just when there was perhaps doubt creeping in, Leicester all but make sure of victory. Sunderland fail to clear the danger so Jeff Schlupp launches another cross inside the box... Younes Kaboul dithers which allows Marc Albrighton to pounce at the far post.

Leicester 3-1 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher tumbles inside the box. Was he thwarted by Leicester captain Wes Morgan? The Jamaican did seem to put his arm around Sunderland striker, but the Black Cats doen't even earn a foul.

Leicester 3-1 Sunderland

Kasper Schmeichel quickly drops to his feet to prevent Jermain Defoe from threading a shot inside his near post. The Black Cats feel there's hope.

GOAL - Jermain Defoe

Leicester 3-1 Sunderland

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Adam Johnson, standing on the edge of the penalty area, finds Jermain Defoe and the former England striker beats the offside trap to coolly finish low to his right. Someone's pressed the mute button on inside the stadium.

CLOSE!

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

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A wonderful pass from Danny Drinkwater releases Riyad Mahrez. The winger sprints down the right,, into the box, manages to shoot when wide of the goal but Costel Pantilimon saves his team once again.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

The Leicester fans groan in unison as a Riyad Mahrez effort ricochets off the bottom of the right post. The Algerian shuffled his hips inside the box, weaved this way and that, before striking low across the face of the goal. That was close.

SUBSTITUTION - Matthews for Jones

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Adam Matthews replaces Billy Jones but regardless of how good the Wales international is, the Black Cats need Superman on the pitch if they are to turn things around.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Jamie Vardy is continuing the fine form of last season. The striker sprints down the left at lightening speed and outpaces Sebastian Coates. Vardy takes aim, but fires across goal. A reprieve for Sunderland.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Leicester, after a momentary scare, clear a Sunderland free-kick and, thanks to the lively Jamie Vardy, they're able two switch play in the blink of an eye.

The Foxes now with a free-kick in the centre. What can Marc Albrighton do? Nothing much because Younes Kaboul heads away his effort.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Adam Johnson finds Jermain Defoe, but the England striker is forced wide and his would-be pass to Steven Fletcher is snuffed out. At least Sunderland are in Leicester territory, though. That's a start.

KICK-OFF

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

And we're off again. Claudio Ranieri poker-faced on the sidelines but the Italian must be pleased with how this match is unfolding.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland
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Both of Leicester's opening goals came from Marc Albrighton crosses on the left and you'd expect Dick Advocaat to address his side's failings down that flank in the second half.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland
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Sometimes the scoreboard lies. Sometimes stats lie. But rarely both.

3 - Leicester last scored three PL goals before half-time in October 2003 v Wolves. They lost the game 4-3. Warning.

HALF-TIME

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

A toot of the whistle from Lee Mason concludes an entertaining half. Leicester dominant. Sunderland outplayed.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

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Costel Pantilimon forced into action once again - Danny Drinkwater with a low, driving effort from the edge of the box. A firm hand from the Sunderland goalie diverts the ball away from the goal.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Other than the two saves early on in this match, Kasper Schmeichel could have spent the rest of the half reading a newspaper on a deckchair. The Foxes goalkeeper surplus to requirements for the majority of this half.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

A pause in play as Marc Albrighton hobbles off the pitch, although it would be a surprise were his day done as a result of that tackle.

A couple of minutes until half-time and, yep, as we thought, Albrighton gingerly steps back on to the turf.

YELLOW CARD - Billy Jones

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

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The hosts continuing to do most of the damage down the left flank and a frustrated Billy Jones goes high in the tackle against Marc Albrighton, the creator of the opening two goals, and earns a yellow card.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Leicester composed in possession, incisive in their passing. In Jamie Vardy they have a dangerous outlet, a man who can run into the channels and stretch a flailing Sunderland defence.

The striker squares the ball to Riyad Mahrez but the Algerian fails to keep his effort on target. It could have been a fourth.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

A corner for Sunderland, but Leicester defend stoutly and immediately turn defence into attack, racing upfield. Jamie Vardy tries to release Jeff Schlupp but there isn't enough weight on the striker's through ball.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Finally, an opportunity for fans and players alike to take a deep intake of breath and reflect on a chaotic opening 30 minutes. Not much has happened in the last five minutes, Sunderland keeping possession in the middle of the pitch without threatening.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

The right side of the field is where Sunderland have struggled the most in this game. Here's an illustration of how Riyad Mahrez capitalised to score:

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland
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SUBSTITUTION

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Riyad Mahrez causing havoc on the right. Lee Cattermole departs for Steven Fletcher as Dick Advocaat makes a tactical switch. The Black Cats now in 4-4-2 formation as they aim to spark what would be a magnificent comeback.

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

Jamie Vardy in acres of space and closes down on Costel Pantilimon, but the Sunderland goalkeeper's reflexes deny the former Fleetwood Town man. Breathless stuff.

GOAL - Riyad Mahrez

Leicester 3-0 Sunderland

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Are Sunderland the Australian cricket team in disguise? Riyad Mahrez confident from the spot, beating Costel Pantilimon with a well- struck low effort. The Algerian races towards the corner flag to celebrate and why the devil not.

PENALTY

Leicester 2-0 Sunderland

Lee Catermole fouls Riyad Mahrez. Clumsy. Foolish.

Leicester 2-0 Sunderland

Last season's problems resurfacing once more for Sunderland with their defence creaking like an old ship. Adam Johnson is caught in possession inside his own half but, luckily for the Black Cats, Leicester fail to punish the Englishman.