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Champions Leicester lose in premier league curtain raiser

Leicester’s defence of their Premier League title began with a shock defeat at newly promoted Hull City who put their abysmal pre-season to one side to stun Premier League champions Leicester City on the opening day.

The Tigers came into the contest without a full-time manager following Steve Bruce’s departure – caretaker boss Mike Phelan took charge of the home side on Saturday – and just 13 fit senior professionals but produced a performance full of spirit to see off Claudio Ranieri’s men.

A second-half strike from Robert Snodgrass proved the difference, the Scotland international driving home from inside the area after Kasper Schmeichel had carelessly giving away possession.

Earlier, Riyad Mahrez’s penalty had drawn Leicester level following Adama Diomande’s spectacular opener on the stroke of half-time.

Leicester will look back ruefully on a first-half they dominated without making it count – Jamie Vardy particularly wasteful in front of goal with Ahmed Musa providing several chances at goal.

 Vardy completely missed his kick in the 19th minute after good work down the left from Ahmed Musa, with Mahrez blasting wide seconds later after picking up the loose ball.

The Foxes could have gone a goal up midway through the first period when Mahrez set up Danny Drinkwater, only for the England midfielder to aim inches wide of the far post.

Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic denied Christian Fuchs shortly before the interval, with the defender popping up inside the area after a neat one-two with Musa. Both Vardy and Mahrez had opportunities from the resulting scramble but neither managed to find the net, the former denied by a wonderful block by Jake Livermore.

It is the first time the reigning English champions have started the season with a defeat since 1989, when Arsenal lost at Manchester United.

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