After a sluggish begin, Leicester Metropolis clicked into gear to comfortably defeat Zorya Luhansk of their opening Europa League fixture.
Of their first assembly with Ukrainian opposition, Leicester needed to face up to a pointy begin from their Group G rivals at the King Energy Stadium on Thursday.
Nonetheless, Maddison’s 29th-minute effort put Brendan Rodgers’ facet forward, with Barnes – who had performed an important function within the opener – doubling the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Wesley Fofana missed an opportunity to make issues much more snug, although the factors have been wrapped up when Iheanacho slotted in a low end.
Vladyslav Kabaev ought to have capped a dominant begin for Zorya with an opener within the 22nd minute, just for the ahead to fail to beat Kasper Schmeichel from shut vary.
Maddison noticed a aim rightly disallowed for offside from the counter-attacking transfer that adopted, however he broke the impasse moments later.
Barnes’ great strike hit the submit however Iheanacho managed to show the rebound into the trail of Maddison, who prodded into an empty web.
Leicester obtained fortunate when Dmitriy Ivanisenya volleyed large from Schmeichel’s poor clearance, but that they had their second when Barnes raced onto Iheanacho’s flick and lifted a elegant end over Mykyta Shevchenko.
Fofana headed simply large 10 minutes after the restart, with Maddison then curling over from the egde of the penalty space.
A 3rd for the hosts did finally arrive within the 67th minute, Iheanacho – who turned the primary Nigerian to help two objectives in a single Europa League recreation – rounding off a effective particular person show with an excellent end so as to add additional gloss to the scoreline.
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What does it imply? Foxes again to successful methods
With out the injured Jamie Vardy, Leicester went down 1-Zero to Ross Barkley’s late aim for Aston Villa on Sunday, following on from a 3-Zero defeat to West Ham earlier than the worldwide break.
Nonetheless, they bounced again from these disappointing outcomes, securing their maiden win in UEFA’s second-tier membership competitors, although that they had solely beforehand performed in it throughout the 2000-01 season.
Leicester’s entrance three run the present
Barnes was key to each of Leicester’s first-half objectives, whereas Maddison, who has scored twice in his final three appearances in all competitions, proved instrumental in a free function, having three pictures and creating two probabilities.
But Iheanacho was arguably the star performer, together with his persistence integral to Leicester’s opener. He additionally displayed sensible ability for the second, then dispatched his aim with pinpoint accuracy.
Kabaev left to rue obvious miss
Schmeichel rushed off his line to shut the angle on Kabaev, however Zorya’s striker ought to have performed higher from lower than 10 yards out. It proved to be his solely try of the sport as he was taken off within the 65th minute.