The Algeria international netted twice as the Foxes cruised to a straightforward win over Club Brugge to mark their competition debut with a memorable victory
Forget the Premier League – the Champions League is where it is at for Leicester City this season. Following their early struggles in defending their domestic crown, the Foxes finally showed up on the biggest stage the club has ever had the privilege of playing on.
They certainly were a little fortunate, with Club Brugge proving the perfect hosts in allowing the Leicester fairytale to continue for a further chapter. Two defensive errors from the Belgian champions allowed Claudio Ranieri’s side to get themselves into a comfortable position well before half-time, and a third finished the match as a contest after the break.
First Lucas Hernandez’s long-throw was flicked over the top of goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle by his own defender, allowing Marc Albrighton to steal in at the back post and net a historic first goal in Europe’s premier club competition for the King Power Stadium outfit.
Just over 20 minutes later, Jamie Vardy displayed his typical tenacity to latch onto a misplaced pass along the Brugge backline and win a free-kick 20 yards from goal. Riyad Mahrez stepped up, and with the ball nestling into the top corner, the 1,400 travelling supporters were understandably in dreamland.
Mahrez added a third from the penalty spot in the second period after another misplaced pass led to Vardy being tripped inside the box by Butelle, and if teams on the continent were not already aware of Leicester’s quality then they certainly will be now.