Leicester City marked off their Champions League debut with a 3-0 win over Belgian Champions Club Brugge. The team played like Champions League veterans, calm and composed throughout.
The opening couple minutes were quite nervy for the Foxes as Brugge star-man José Izquierdo nearly broke the deadlock in the 3rd minute, capitalizing on a missed challenge by Robert Huth and splitting the defensive only to fire wide.
Leicester opened the scoring in the 6th minute after the Brugge goalkeeper missed a long throw from Luis Hernández, leaving the net empty for Marc Albrighton to tap home Leicester’s first ever Champions League goal.
That seemed to calm the nerves of the visitors. Despite Brugge having the possession, they seemed unable to capitalize, forced out wide or into the path of a Leicester defender. It was all too comfortable for the Foxes, and it was no surprise when they doubled the scoring. Jamie Vardy capitalized on one of many shaky backline passes, snatching up a misplayed ball and charging towards goal only to be fouled on the edge of the box.
Riyad Mahrez then proceeded to smash the ball into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0 to the Foxes, and from there it was more or less one way traffic as Brugge continued to make defensive error upon defensive error, always looking capable of a mistake at the back.
The Foxes seemed to be enjoying themselves and packed on the pressure in the latter stages of the half. Vardy came close on a tight angled shot and Danny Drinkwater nearly got on the scoresheet after a sensational volley attempt that was just barely tipped over.
Brugge tried to stage a comeback in the second half, Izquierdo leading the charge, but to no avail thanks to solid communication from the Foxes backline and a couple routine saves from Kasper Schmeichel.
Any hope Brugge had left was killed off after Vardy capitalized on yet another defensive error and was brought down attempting to round the goalkeeper to win a penalty for the Foxes. Mahrez slotted it home to make it 3-0.
Izquierdo nearly got one back for the home side, but his low effort smacked against the post, and from there it was fairly easy for the Foxes.
Overall it was the dream start to the Champions League campaign. 3 goals and 3 points as the Foxes sit atop Group G. It’s definitely a much needed confidence booster going into a much more challenging clash against F.C Porto at the King Power.