Jamie Vardy scored a second-half penalty double as Leicester condemned West Brom to a disappointing return to the Premier League.
After goalkeeper Sam Johnstone twice came to the home side’s rescue with saves to deny Harvey Barnes in the first half, new signing Timothy Castagne broke the deadlock when he nodded home a far-post cross from fellow Belgian Dennis Praet nine minutes after the restart.
Vardy, last season’s Premier League top scorer, then got up to score from the spot after being dragged back by Kyle Bartley as he chased into the box to support a move that saw Johnstone deny former Baggies loanee Barnes for a third time.
The 33-year-old repeated the feat 10 minutes later after Dara O’Shea tripped James Justin.
As playmaker James Maddison made a second-half appearance off the bench after recovering from a hip operation that crucially caused him to miss the end of the season, it was a good day for manager Brendan Rodgers and his team, who were winning this particular fixture for the fifth time in a row.
For West Brom, it was a brutal reminder of the task they face merely trying to stay in the top flight.
All three promoted teams lost on the opening weekend and – like Fulham, who were beaten by a similar scoreline against Arsenal on Saturday – there are early question marks over whether they have the quality to survive.
More to follow.
- 2FurlongSubstituted forHarperat 69′minutes
- 6AjayiBooked at 63mins
- 12Costa Pereira
- 19SawyersSubstituted forEdwardsat 68′minutes
- 7RobinsonSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 60′minutes
- 2JustinBooked at 16mins
- 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 67′minutes
- 26PraetSubstituted forMaddisonat 75′minutes
Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Leicester City 3.
Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Leicester City 3.
Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Grady Diangana.
Attempt blocked. Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Leicester City 3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty Leicester City. James Justin draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Maddison.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jake Livermore.
Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, Leicester City. James Maddison replaces Dennis Praet.
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty Leicester City. Marc Albrighton draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.
Foul by Timothy Castagne (Leicester City).
Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.