Leicester City celebrated the first Champions League match in their history by cruising to victory against Club Brugge in Belgium.
Marc Albrighton scored with the Foxes’ first shot after a defensive error from right-back Luis Hernandez’s long throw.
Riyad Mahrez curled in a masterful free-kick for 2-0 before half-time.
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Mahrez smashed in a penalty after Jamie Vardy was brought down by the keeper, before Brugge’s Jose Izquierdo hit the post, adding to his bad miss at 0-0.
There will be more difficult games than this, but the Premier League champions displayed a maturity and composure that suggests potential to achieve more success at the elite level of European club football.
This was only Leicester’s ninth European match, and their first win since a victory over Glenavon of Northern Ireland in the preliminary round of the 1961-62 Cup Winners’ Cup, when Gordon Banks – who won the World Cup with England in 1966 – was in goal.
Leicester could have won by more on Wednesday.
Danny Drinkwater went close with a dipping volley struck on the turn with the ball almost at ground level from outside the box, while Robert Huth might have added a fourth from another of Hernandez’s several long throws.
Debutant and club record signing Islam Slimani should have made more of a terrible Benoit Poulain back pass, and was booked for shoving Bjorn Engels in the back, with the Belgium defender forced off with what looked like a dislocated shoulder.
In the other match in Group G, Portuguese club FC Porto drew 1-1 at home to FC Copenhagen of Denmark.


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