Read a full match report from the Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Swansea City at King Power Stadium on Saturday 27 August, 2016.
- Leicester City beat Swansea City 2-1 at King Power Stadium on Saturday
- Jamie Vardy scored his first goal of the Premier League campaign to break the deadlock
- Wes Morgan doubled the City lead six minutes after the break
- Leroy Fer was on target for the Swans late on
- Ron-Robert Zieler made his King Power Stadium debut after Kasper Schmeichel picked up a knock in the second half
- Daniel Amartey started in place of the injured Nampalys Mendy in midfield
Leicester City earned their first victory of the Premier League campaign after beating Swansea City 2-1 at King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Jamie Vardy fired in a superb half-volley for his maiden goal of the 2016/17 season after latching onto Danny Drinkwater’s perfectly-waited pass.
City began the second period just as they had finished the first and it took just six minutes for Wes Morgan to make it 2-0 from close range.
Riyad Mahrez was denied from the spot after a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski shortly after, before Leroy Fer halved the Swansea deficit with a header on 81 minutes.
But City’s creativity, clinical finishing and battling spirit saw them go on to deservedly earn all three points ahead of the first international break of the season.
Claudio Ranieri made one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Arsenal last weekend, as Daniel Amartey, who performed brilliantly against the Swans, replaced the injured Nampalys Mendy in the centre of midfield.
The Foxes headed into the fixture having won their past three meetings against Swansea, with the most recent a 4-0 home victory late last season.
City started brightest in the heavy rain at King Power Stadium, as former Leicester loanee Kyle Naughton was forced into blocking Vardy’s curling effort with just four minutes gone.
A burst of pace from the England international saw him hauled down on the edge of the box by Federico Fernandez, who received a yellow card for his troubles. Mahrez took the free kick, but lifted his strike just over the bar.
Drinkwater and Marc Albrighton played a fine one-two shortly after, as the former flashed the latter’s cross wide under pressure midway through the first period.
Kasper Schmeichel comfortably collected Gylfi Sigurdsson’s low strike on the half-hour mark, but it was the Foxes continued to dominate proceedings, and they eventually took the lead shortly after.
A brilliant ball over the top from Drinkwater found Vardy, who took a touch and hammered a half volley in off the inside of the post for his first goal of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
Sigurdsson fired over shortly after as Swansea looked for an immediate reply, while Morgan did well to hook away Wayne Routledge’s dangerous cross shortly after.
The sound of thunder rumbled round King Power Stadium and lightning flashed through the sky, but City were far from gloomy on the pitch. They maintained their pressure and a beautifully-struck effort from Shinji Okazaki was only kept out by the fingertips of Fabianski.
Swansea began the second period positively, with a block from captain Morgan denying Fernando Llorente after a neat turn from the Spaniard.
That proved pivotal, as City went straight up the other end to make it 2-0. Albrighton’s corner deflected off Robert Huth and fell straight to the feet of Morgan, who hammered in from close range.
Schmeichel did excellently to race out and deny Llorente one-on-one shortly after – an action that eventually saw the City stopper substituted for debutant Ron-Robert Zieler after he appeared to pick up a knock – before a fine move at the other end gave Mahrez the opportunity to make it 3-0 from the spot.
Okazaki was hauled down in the area and it was Mahrez who would take the penalty, but a superb save from Fabianski kept out the Algeria international from 12 yards and Okazaki was denied from the rebound.
Vardy smashed a 25-yard effort over the bar with 67 minutes gone, before Christian Fuchs did well to turn a dangerous cross away from the lurking Modou Barrow.
Swansea did pull one back with nine minutes to play through Fer, who rose highest to nod in Barrow’s delivery to give the visitors a chance to salvage a draw.
The visiting side peppered Zieler’s box with deliveries, but City defended well, while a swift counter at the other end saw Mahrez curl just wide of Fabianski’s upright.
The Swans stopper then denied substitute Ahmed Musa in injury time, but goals from Vardy and Morgan proved to be enough for City on a stormy afternoon in Leicester.
CITY: Schmeichel (Zieler 57), Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez, Albrighton (Musa 74), Okazaki (Ulloa, 79) Vardy
SUBS NOT USED: Chilwell, Hernandez, King, Gray
GOALS: Vardy 32, Morgan 52
SWANSEA: Fabianski, Amat, Fer, Llorente, Routledge (Ki 59), Barrow, Sigurdsson (Montero 59), Cork (c) (McBurnie 86), Naughton, Fernandez, Kingsley
SUBS NOT USED: Van Der Hoorn, Nordfelt, Rangel, Fulton
GOAL: Fer 81
ATTENDANCE: 31,727 (965 away)
REFEREE: Roger East