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Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki, right, scores his
side's first goal of their English Premier League
football match against West Ham at Upton Park,
London, yesterday. Leicester won 2-1. AP PHOTO
MANCHESTER---After being relegation
candidates for most of last season,
Leicester could be spending more time
at the other end of the Premier League
table this time around.
A 2-1 win at West Ham yesterday
gave Leicester a second straight victory
to open the season and moved the team
top of the fledgling standings, on goal
difference above Manchester United.
Japan striker Shinji Okazaki and
winger Riyad Mahrez, with his third
goal already this season, scored for
Leicester in the first half to take its tally
to six goals in two games after a 4-2
win over Sunderland.
Leicester won seven of its last nine
games to escape relegation in its first
year back in England s top division and
the good form is continuing under new
manager Claudio Ranieri, who replaced
Nigel Pearson in the offseason.
No team has scored more points than
Leicester (28) in the Premier League
since the start of April, yet Ranieri is
"We want to achieve 40 points to
maintain the Premier League (status),"
the Italian coach said. "That s our goal."
The season hasn t started so well for
another team that narrowly avoided the
drop last season. Sunderland was booed
by its own fans during a 3-1 home defeat
to Norwich and has lost both its games,
conceding seven goals.
"It was even worse than last week,"
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
said. "We have to go back to the basics."
Stoke scored twice in the final 12
minutes through Marko Arnautovic,
from the penalty spot, and Mame Biram
Diouf to salvage a 2-2 draw at Totten-
ham, keeping both teams without a win
after two rounds.
Romelu Lukaku struck twice in the
first half and Ross Barkley added a late
third as Everton beat Southampton 3-
0 for its first win of the season.
Swansea joined Everton on four points
after winning 2-0 at home to Newcastle,
with Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew
scoring. Newcastle played the second
half with 10 men after Daryl Janmaat
was sent off in the 41st for two yellow
Watford drew 0-0 with West
Bromwich Albion in yesterday s other
Man United won 1-0 at Aston Villa
on Friday and is the other team on six
points alongside Leicester, ahead of
Manchester City s game against Chelsea
and Crystal Palace hosting Arsenal today.
Leicester was in the headlines for the
wrong reasons during the week, with
striker Jamie Vardy fined after he was
filmed using racist language toward a
Japanese man in a casino.
Vardy spoke to Okazaki, who joined
Leicester in the offseason, about the
situation and the part started together
up front. They combined for the 27th-
minute opener, with Vardy crossing for
Okazaki to score at the second attempt
after his initial shot was saved. Mahrez
doubled the lead in the 38th.
West Ham couldn t replicate its per-
formance from last weekend, when it
beat Arsenal 2-0 away, and its hopes
of a comeback ended when goalkeeper
Adrian was sent off in injury time for
a kick on Vardy. (AP)
Southampton 0, Everton 3
Sunderland 1, Norwich 3
Swansea 2, Newcastle 0
Tottenham 2, Stoke 2
Watford 0, West Brom 0
West Ham 1, Leicester 2
Burnley 2, Birmingham 2
Bristol 2, Brentford 4
Derby 1, Charlton Athletic 1
Fulham 1, Brighton & Hove 2
Huddersfield 1, Blackburn 1
Ipswich 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1
Middlesbrough 3, Bolton 0
Nottingham 2, Rotherham 1
Milton Keynes 0, Preston 1
Queens Park 2, Cardiff 2
BERLIN---Borussia Dortmund routed Borussia
Moenchengladbach 4-0 at home in its Bundesliga opener
yesterday, displaying the kind of tenacious free-flowing
football that led the club to back-to-back titles in 2011 and
"It was fully deserved. They were much better," said
Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre, whose side will play
in the Champions League this season. "They played with a
lot of tempo. They were faster than we were, full stop."
Under new coach Thomas Tuchel, who took over from
Juergen Klopp after the club s difficulties last season, Dortmund
dominated possession and chances from the start.
Marco Reus scored against his former side in the 15th
minute, hammering the ball inside Yann Sommer s near post
after being set up by Japan international Shinji Kagawa.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 with a glancing
header to Marcel Schmelzer s inch-perfect cross in the 21st
and set up Mkhitaryan after sprinting down the right 12
minutes later. New signing Julian Weigl won the ball and Ilkay
Gundogan sent it on for Aubameyang to chase.
The 19-year-old Weigl, who arrived from second-division
1860 Munich, was a surprise inclusion and impressed on his
Mkhitaryan, who had a goal ruled out for offside before
Reus broke the deadlock, sealed the win with his second goal
in the 50th, set up by Reus.
Earlier, Schalke started its Bundesliga season with a 3-0
victory at Werder Bremen yesterday while promoted Ingolstadt
claimed its first top-level win.
Bremen defender Theodor Gebre Selassie scored an own
goal with an unstoppable chip in off the underside of the
bar while trying to clear Joel Matip s cross in the 34th.
Matip then set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 68th
and Klaas Jan Huntelaar rounded off the scoring in the 85th
after a brilliant run from Leroy Sane.
Ingolstadt defeated Mainz 1-0 away thanks to Lukas Hin-
terseer s 66th-minute winner, Hertha Berlin won 1-0 at
Augsburg as both sides finished with 10 men, Bayer Leverkusen
came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and Darmstadt
marked its return to the Bundesliga with a 2-2 draw at home
Defending champion Bayern Munich kicked off the season
with a 5-0 win over Hamburger SV on Friday.
Solomon Kalou s 48th-minute penalty was enough for
Hertha, which was grateful to goalkeeper Thomas Kraft for
a great save as well as the crossbar in injury time.
Hoffenheim midfielder Steven Zuber beat the offside trap
to score in the fifth minute but Stefan Kiessling equalised
for Leverkusen just before the break and Julian Brandt claimed
the winner in the 71st. (AP)
Bundesliga with crushing
victory over 'Gladbach
Celtic new boy Scott Allan checked in as the Hoops
marred a fine performance in their 4-2 win over Inverness
with some late slackness, yesterday.
Allan was given a good reception by the home fans before
they watched goals from Mikael Lustig and Leigh Griffiths
give the home side a commanding interval lead.
Midfielder Stuart Armstrong grabbed a double after the
break before Caley substitutes Ryan Christie and Dani Lopez
pulled goals back.
Aberdeen maintained their perfect start to the season with
a 2-1 comeback win after another difficult day for Motherwell
goalkeeper Connor Ripley in his side s third consecutive
The Dons fell behind early on to Marvin Johnson s fol-
low-up but levelled with a freak goal in the 25th minute
when Niall McGinn s low cross went across Ripley and into
the far corner. Ripley came for McGinn s free-kick but bumped
into a crowd of bodies and was on the ground when Ash
Taylor headed home the winner.
Hearts continued their winning start to the season thanks
to a couple of early goals in the 2-1 victory against Ross
County at Global Energy Stadium.
Carlton Morris marked his full debut for Hamilton with
a goal in a convincing 4-0 win over Dundee United.
Dundee returned to winning ways as they defeated St
Johnstone 2-1 in a hard-fought Tayside derby at Dens Park.
Celtic triumph, delight for Dons
earns second straight
Premier League win
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