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Video: Leicester City's historic Champions League debut
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Video: Leicester City's historic Champions League debut

Riyad Mahrez scored two set-piece goals as Leicester City started life in Group G with a comprehensive win in Belgium.

Leicester City made a superb start to life in the Champions League as a pair of goals from Riyad Mahrez helped Claudio Ranieri's side to a 3-0 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday.

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The Premier League champions needed just five minutes to score their first goal in the competition, Marc Albrighton knocking the ball into an unguarded net thanks to Hans Vanaken's unfortunate assist.


Mahrez doubled their lead with a curling free-kick in the 29th minute, and then added a penalty just after the hour mark to clinch all three points in Leicester's Group G opener. 

The victory is Leicester's first in Europe since they took on Glenavon in the first round of the Cup Winners' Cup in the 1961/62 season.


And Leicester now boast a two-point advantage at the top of the group following Porto's 1-1 draw with Copenhagen, with the Portuguese side their next opponents on September 27.

In other Champions League results, Tottenham were upset 2-1 by Monaco at Wembley while a Sergio Aguero hat-trick led Manchester City to a 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Real Madrid scored two goals in the final few minutes, including a Ronaldo winner, to overcome Sporting Lisbon 2-1 and Juventus played out a dull goalless draw with Sevilla.


 

Key Opta stats:

- Leicester City became only the third English side to win their first ever Champions League game (Man United in 1994 and Newcastle in 1997).
- Leicester scored with their first ever shot in the Champions League.
- No Belgian side has beaten an English side in the Champions League since Anderlecht beat Man United 2-1 in October 2000 (D2 L11 since).
- Leicester earned their first victory in European competition since the Preliminary Round of the 1961-62 Cup Winners Cup, beating Glenavon 4-1 and 3-1.
- Only Milan in November 1992 and Atletico Madrid in 1996 have recorded a bigger margin of victory in their first ever Champions League game (both 4-0).

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