Riyad Mahrez inspired Leicester to breeze past toothless Brighton as the Foxes cruised to a 2-0 win.

Shinji Okazaki cashed in on goalkeeper Mathew Ryan’s error after just 52 seconds to set the tone at the King Power Stadium.

Harry Maguire then netted on his home debut as Craig Shakespeare’s men strolled to their first win of the season on Saturday.

It was as easy as any win comes in the Premier League and carefree Mahrez led the charge as he taunted Brighton, shaking off continued transfer speculation.

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What they said

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare (on Mahrez): “He made the statement and everyone knows the speculation about the bid we had and it wasn’t accepted. I’ve spoken to him individually and said: ‘While you’re here you need to be professional and respectful of your team-mates and Leicester City Football Club’. Credit to him, he’s done that. While he remains as focused as his performance here, we all know his ability on the field. While he’s in that frame of mind, he’ll always be considered for selection.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: “We certainly weren’t at the level we need to be on the ball but we stuck in there and at 1-0 you have always got a chance. Then it’s difficult again when you concede from a set play, where we have got to be better. They were two soft goals and we are up against a team that have had great league experience in the last three years and what they achieved the season before. They never opened us up as much as they could have.”

Tweet of the match

Star man – Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez impressed for Leicester
Riyad Mahrez impressed for Leicester (Nigel French/PA)

The winger might want to leave but he showed no signs of sulking or going through the motions as he tormented Brighton from the first minute. It was his shot which was spilled by Ryan to present Okazaki with the opener and his touch, presence and awareness proved he was back to his best. There is a £50million price tag on the Algeria international’s head and, so far, Roma have had three bids rejected – having not got close to the asking price. Mahrez had fun at the King Power Stadium and Leicester will hope, should he stay beyond the transfer deadline, that will continue.

Moment of the match

It took Leicester just 52 seconds to open their account for the season at the King Power Stadium and it came with more than just a little help from Ryan. The Brighton goalkeeper, on just his second Premier League appearance, gifted Okazaki an early opener after he spilled Mahrez’s tame shot. It allowed Leicester to settle early and, from then, they dominated with Mahrez and Okazaki pulling the strings for Shakespeare’s side. Brighton never responded and, on this evidence, looked well short of having what it takes to survive in the Premier League.

Stat of the match

Okazaki has scored in successive games for the first time since playing for Mainz in March 2015. He last netted in back-to-back matches against Augsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga. But he broke that stat when he tapped in after 52 seconds against Brighton having already netted in the Premier League opener at Arsenal last week.

Player ratings

Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel: 7, Danny Simpson: 7, Wes Morgan: 7, Harry Maguire: 7, Christian Fuchs: 7, Riyad Mahrez: 8, Matty James: 7, Wilfred Ndidi: 7, Marc Albrighton: 7, Jamie Vardy: 7, Shinji Okazaki: 8. Subs: Islam Slimani (for Okazaki): 6, Demarai Gray (for Vardy): 6.

Brighton: Mat Ryan: 5, Bruno: 5, Shane Duffy: 6, Lewis Dunk: 6, Markus Suttner: 4, Solly March: 6, Davy Propper: 5, Dale Stephens: 5, Jamie Murphy: 5, Pascal Gross: 5, Glenn Murray: 5. Substitutes: Anthony Knockaert (for Gross): 6, Tomer Hemed (for Murray): 6.

Who’s up next?

Sheffield United v Leicester (Carabao Cup, Tuesday, August 22)

Brighton v Barnet (Carabao Cup, Tuesday, August 22)