West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City

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Payet 55′

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Okazaki 27′ Mahrez 38′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 0-2

Leicester's Danny Drinkwater and West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate

Leicester's Danny Drinkwater, left, challenges West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate

15 August 2015
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By Chris Bevan
BBC Sport

Leicester held on to beat West Ham and continue their 100% winning start to the season under Claudio Ranieri.

Shinji Okazaki put the Foxes ahead, heading home the loose ball after goalkeeper Adrian blocked his volley.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri

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First-half display outstanding – Ranieri

Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 before half-time with a powerful finish for his third goal of the season.

West Ham improved after the break and Dimitri Payet pulled a goal back, but Kasper Schmeichel denied Diafra Sakho as they searched for an equaliser.

Schmeichel had escaped punishment for colliding with Sakho inside the area before half-time but his opposite number Adrian was not so lucky late in the game.

The Hammers keeper was sent off for a challenge on Jamie Vardy after he went up for a corner in stoppage time.

A hard lesson for Reece Oxford

After his impressive display in West Ham's win over Arsenal last weekend, young West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford found things a lot more difficult against the Foxes.

The 16-year-old, who will find out his GCSE results on Thursday, found it hard to cope with the pace and movement of Leicester's attack as the visitors went 2-0 up inside 38 minutes.

Leicester always looked to break quickly and both their goals came through neat build-ups and clever final balls from first Vardy and then Albrighton.

Gary Lineker's tweet about Leicester's first goal

Vardy was this week given a "substantial" fine and ordered to undergo diversity awareness training after allegedly abusing a Japanese man in a casino

Oxford was not the only West Ham player to have a poor game defensively in the first 45 minutes but he was the one taken off at half-time as Hammers boss Slaven Bilic tried to find a way back into the game.

"It was not that Reece played worse than the rest of the team," Bilic said. "He played well but our passing was really slow in the first half and with Pedro Obiang we were much quicker in tempo."

Hammers reshuffle almost pays off

West Ham attacked more down the left against Leicester than anywhere else

West Ham attacked more down the left than anywhere else

West Ham saw most of the ball in the first half – enjoying 63% possession with an 83% passing accuracy – but did little damage with it and did not manage a shot on target before the break.

Bilic brought on new signing Obiang for Oxford at half-time but also asked Mauro Zarate to hug the left touchline and that helped the Hammers significantly increase their attacking threat, particularly down that flank.

The Hammers enjoyed even more possession as the game went on but Leicester defended deep and in numbers and held out thanks to Schmeichel's key save from Sakho, one of three good stops he made after the break.

Manager reaction

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri:

"We are working very hard with the defensive line. I have very good players in front, very fast but it is important we all stay together.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic

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Bilic disappointed with bad result

"I didn't want to defend too deep but when you see your players go deep it is better to help them with their mentality."

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic:

"We lost the game in the first half. Two-nil down is very difficult to come back from. We are very disappointed.

"We scored a goal early enough in the second half to play our normal game but with more aggression. I was expecting us to score a second, but we didn't."

Man of the match

Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki

Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki came off after 62 minutes but not before he had scored his first goal since his summer move from German side Mainz and also had a hand in the Foxes second goal

The stats you need to know

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Leicester

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Leicester

  • Leicester City have won their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98
  • The Foxes have won 28 points since the start of April 2015 – more than any other Premier League side
  • Leicester have won nine of their last 11 Premier League fixtures – one more than they managed in their previous 55 top-flight games
  • Since Aug 2010 Dimitri Payet has scored or assisted 93 goals in the top five leagues, four more than Mesut Ozil and Juan Mata in that period
  • Payet's goal in the 55th minute was West Ham's first shot on target of the game

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián Dismissed
  • 12 Jenkinson Booked
  • 02 Reid
  • 21 Ogbonna
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 35 Oxford (Obiang – 45' )
  • 16 Noble
  • 08 Kouyaté (Lanzini – 76' )
  • 27 Payet
  • 15 Sakho
  • 10 Zárate (Maiga – 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Randolph
  • 04 Nolan
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 07 Jarvis
  • 14 Obiang
  • 20 Maiga
  • 28 Lanzini

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 de Laet (Benalouane – 66' Booked )
  • 06 Huth
  • 05 Morgan
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 26 Mahrez (Fuchs – 82' )
  • 10 King
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 11 Albrighton
  • 09 Vardy Booked
  • 20 Okazaki Booked (Kanté – 62' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Hammond
  • 14 Kanté
  • 19 Kramaric
  • 23 Ulloa
  • 28 Fuchs
  • 29 Benalouane
  • 41 Maddison

Ref: Anthony Taylor Att: 34,857

Match Stats

Possession

70

30

Shots

10

11

On target

3

6

Corners

8

4

Fouls

11

12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Ham United 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +5:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Leicester City 2.

90:00 +4:50

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:50

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

90:00 +3:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +1:51

Delay in match Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) because of an injury.

90:00 +1:15 Dismissal

Dismissal Adrián (West Ham United) is shown the red card.

90:00 +1:06

Foul by Adrián (West Ham United).

90:00 +1:06

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:44

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

89:52

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:52

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

87:53 Booking

Booking Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:52

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:52

Foul by Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City).

82:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Modibo Maiga replaces Mauro Zárate.

81:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs replaces Riyad Mahrez.

80:42

Attempt saved. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a headed pass.

77:11

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United).

77:11

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:08

Foul by Pedro Obiang (West Ham United).

76:08

N'Golo Kanté (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

74:11

Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez following a fast break.

73:30

Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

72:45

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Winston Reid.

72:44

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy King.

71:05

Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

70:01

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

70:01

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:47

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

65:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Yohan Benalouane replaces Ritchie de Laet.

65:11

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

65:11

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:56

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

63:03

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Andy King.

62:45

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:45

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Leicester City).

61:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. N'Golo Kanté replaces Shinji Okazaki.

61:10

Foul by Dimitri Payet (West Ham United).

61:10

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:07

Attempt blocked. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

59:37

Attempt saved. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauro Zárate with a cross.

59:15

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Robert Huth.

58:47

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:47

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

56:49

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

54:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 1, Leicester City 2. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

54:29

Attempt blocked. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Noble with a cross.

53:16 Booking

Booking Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:14

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:14

Foul by Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City).

49:52

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

49:49

Attempt blocked. Mark Noble (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

45:00

Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Leicester City 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Pedro Obiang replaces Reece Oxford.

45:00 +3:51 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Ham United 0, Leicester City 2.

45:00 +2:54

Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

45:00 +1:09

Offside, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez tries a through ball, but Shinji Okazaki is caught offside.

43:56

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:56

Foul by Ritchie de Laet (Leicester City).

42:28

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

41:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:48

Delay in match Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) because of an injury.

39:27 Booking

Booking Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:23

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United).

39:23

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:58

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

37:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Leicester City 2. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

35:08

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

35:08

Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:55

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Andy King.

31:40

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

31:40

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:56

Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:31

Foul by Mauro Zárate (West Ham United).

28:31

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Leicester City 1. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

26:29

Attempt saved. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.

25:41

Attempt saved. Robert Huth (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass.

25:11

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adrián.

25:07

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp with a cross.

21:26

Attempt missed. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

17:58

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:58

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

17:32

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:32

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

16:56

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

16:56

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:08

Offside, West Ham United. Mauro Zárate tries a through ball, but Diafra Sakho is caught offside.

16:07

Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:36

Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:36

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

11:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:53

Delay in match Adrián (West Ham United) because of an injury.

10:14 Booking

Booking Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

10:06

Adrián (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:06

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

9:10

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

7:31

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

1:03

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:03

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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