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Leicester City starts the season with a loss

English Premier League champions, Leicester City began the defence of their title with a 2-1 loss to newly promoted Hull City.
Nigerian star Ahmed Musa started his first Premier League clash for the Foxes alongside Jamie Vardy. While, Hull only had 13 senior players fit.
Leicester enjoyed most the of possession in the opening exchanges, as they looked to feed the pacy trio Vardy, Musa and Gray. Although Hull were quite content to sit deep and catch the champions on the break.
Hull had a few glimpses of joy in the final third in the first stanza, with Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomande showcasing their attacking prowess on the flanks.
Musa was a real threat with his pace and trickery and he carved the Foxes' best chance of the game in the 42nd minute when he picked out Vardy, who blazed over the crossbar from 12-yards out.
It was Hull who broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime when Diomande acrobatically volleyed home from close range, after Kasper Schmeichel kept out Curtis Davies' header.
However, Leicester were awarded a spot-kick seconds into the second half when Gray was brought down by Tom Huddlestone. Riyad Mahrez stepped up and calmly converted his spot-kick.
The Tigers restored their lead after 56 minutes as Danny Simpsons' clearance fell to Robert Snodgrass, who drilled home a low effort from the edge of the box, 2-1.
Claudio Ranieri opted for a double change after the hour-mark, as he introduced Shinji Okazaki and Daniel Amartey for Gray and Andy King.
Leicester pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages and also threw on striker, Leonardo Ulloa for the final 10 minutes.

However, Hull managed to see off a late surge from the Premier League champions to secure the three points on their return to the top flight.

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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