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Saturday 17 March 2018

Leicester v Burnley - story of the match

Islam Slimani scored a brace on his Premier League debut for Leicester in their 3-0 victory over Burnley
Islam Slimani scored a brace on his Premier League debut for Leicester in their 3-0 victory over Burnley

Record buy Islam Slimani capped a dream Premier League debut as his two goals powered Leicester to victory over Burnley.

The Algeria striker scored either side of the break to clinch a 3-0 win and seal a wonderful week after the Foxes' debut Champions League victory at Club Brugge.

Ben Mee's own goal wrapped up the win for the Foxes who played with the swagger which saw them romp to the title last season.


"Slimani at the double on his @premierleague debut. Mahrez is sooooo good." Match of the Day presenter and Leicester City fan Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)


Leicester had been struggling to break resolute Burnley down, despite Riyad Mahrez's best efforts, but they eventually found the opener in first-half stoppage time.

Islam Slimani began to pay back the £29million the Foxes spent on him when he powered in his first goal for the club on his Premier League debut from Christian Fuchs' free-kick just before the break.

He doubled the lead three minutes after half-time as the record signing instantly looked at home in the Premier League.


Leicester have regained their confidence and swagger this week after their brilliant Champions League win and straightforward victory over Burnley.

Ranieri had urged his side to forget about their Club Brugge victory and they did just that with Slimani and Mahrez the catalysts.

Burnley looked better equipped for a survival fight than they were two years ago but manager Sean Dyche will rue two sloppy moments which allowed Slimani to score.


Islam Slimani

He only had one training session with his new team-mates before starting at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday and was on the right wavelength against Burnley.

His link-up play with Algeria team-mate Mahrez should be a given but he also dovetailed well with Jamie Vardy before he opened the scoring in the first half.

Slimani has now scored nine headed goals in 2016 and looked a shrewd buy by Claudio Ranieri.



Ron-Robert Zieler: 7

Danny Simpson: 7

Robert Huth: 7

Wes Morgan: 7

Christian Fuchs: 7

Riyad Mahrez: 8

Danny Drinkwater: 7

Daniel Amartey: 7

Marc Albrighton: 7

Islam Slimani: 8

Jamie Vardy: 7


Andy King (for Drinkwater): 6

Demarai Gray (for Mahrez): 6


Tom Heaton: 6

Matt Lowton: 6

Michael Keane: 6

Ben Mee: 6

Stephen Ward: 6

Scott Arfield: 6

Jeff Hendrick: 6

Dean Marney: 6

Steven Defour: 6

George Boyd: 6

Andre Gray: 6


Sam Vokes (for Defour): 6

Patrick Bamford (for Gray): 6

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (for Arfield): 6


Leicester v Chelsea (September 20, EFL Cup)

Burnley v Watford (September 26, Premier League)

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