Leicester started their Europa League campaign with a comfortable victory over Zorya Luhansk in the opening game of Group G. The Foxes were playing their first game in European competition since 2017 when they were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Atletico Madrid. James Maddison – making just his second start of the season – scored on his European debut to give Leicester lift-off in the 29th minute, somewhat against the run of play. Kasper Schmeichel had denied Vladyslav Kabaiev at point-blank range as the visitors bossed the early proceedings, and Maddison then pounced to scramble home the opener after Harvey Barnes had struck the post. Zorya committed numbers in attack and had their moments in the first period but found themselves two behind at the break, as Barnes slalomed through the defence and lifted it over goalkeeper Mykyta Shevchenko on the stroke of half time. Leicester were much improved after the restart and after peppering the visitors' goal, Kelechi Iheanacho added to his two assists with a third to put the game beyond Zorya in the 67th-minute. Victory means Leicester top the group as they turn their attentions to a trip to Arsenal on Sunday night in the Premier League.
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