West Bromwich 0-3 Leicester: Jamie Vardy brace leads Foxes to comprehensive victory
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West Bromwich 0-3 Leicester: Jamie Vardy brace leads Foxes to comprehensive victory

Leicester City got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a 3-0 mauling of new boys West Bromwich at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon. 

New signing Timothy Castagne gave the Foxes the lead early on in the second half before a late Jamie Vardy brace from the spot added gloss to the score. 

The hosts were bright in the opening exchanges and gave the Foxes a hard time, but fizzled out in the second half as Brendan Rodgers' men put in a complete performance. 

The opener came on the 56th minute after Dennis Praet swung in a cross and found his fellow Belgian free, and he rose highest to thump it in past the keeper. 

The goal seemed to have rattled the hosts, who until that time impressively held on, and the Foxes took full advantage. 

On the 73rd minute, Kyle Bartley was penalized for pulling back Vardy inside the box, and the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors. 

Vardy then stepped up to easily convert and hand his side the all-important security they needed going into the last 15 minutes. 

It got worse for the hosts as a clumsy foul by Dara O'Shea on the 83rd minute gave referee Anthony Taylor little option as he awarded Leicester the second penalty. 

Vardy, who won the Golden Boot last season once again stepped up and buried it into the right corner for his second of the day and third for Leicester. 

It was the Foxes'  first win on the road in their last nine matches, and it gives them the perfect start to a new campaign. 

They next host Burnley at the King Power Stadium. 

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