Full-time: Leicester cruise to victory on their return to European football! They top Group G with this convincing win over Zorya Luhansk.
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Leicester City - Zorya Luhansk
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Under, still searching for his first goal in Leicester colours, blasts a free-kick well over the bar from at least 30 yards.
Four minutes of added-time to play!
Leicester are easing their way to an opening day victory in Group G. The man of the match? Harvey Barnes.
No penalty! Leicester have a strong appeal for a penalty turned down now. Under tricks his way into the box and goes to ground under pressure from Cvek. The referee says no.
No joy for Yurchenko, whose shot takes a deflection off Morgan en route to the stands.
Leicester subs: Wes Morgans replaces Evans and James Justin comes on for Castagne, as Brendan Rodgers begins his focus on the weekend's Premier League action.
No penalty! Petrovic goes down inside the box, holding his foot after contact from Evans - but the referee is unmoved.
Yellow card! Barnes drives forward and draws the foul from Vernydub, who goes into the book.
Into the final 15 minutes and Leicester are really enjoying themselves, Barnes in particular. They're well on their way to recording their first ever victory in this competition!
- OffYouri TielemansLeicester City
- OnHamza ChoudhuryLeicester City
Double Leicester sub: Hamza Choudhury and Ayoze Perez come on for Tielemans and Iheanacho.
Leicester are hungry for more! Under releases Castagne on the left and his cut-back finds Iheanacho, whose first-time shot is just wide of the goal.
GOAL! Leicester 3-0 Zorya (Kelechi Iheanacho): That will do it! He has the goal to add to his two assists! Zorya concede possession as they try to play it out from the back and Leicester profit. Iheanacho holds the ball up brilliantly, turns and fires past Shevchenko. Game over!
Leicester sub: That will be Maddison's final contribution as he makes way for Under.
Just over from Maddison! The former Norwich midfielder allows the ball to run across his body and then turns quickly to shoot from the edge of the box, and it's just over the bar. Great effort.
No penalty! With no VAR tonight, the referee ignores the visitors' appeals for a spot-kick as Luniv goes down inside the box after contact from Fofana.
Zorya have hung in there defensively and they're not out of this contest yet, as Castagne makes an important headed clearance at the back post.
Maddison delivers his corner to the edge of the box where Fuchs is positioned. His shot is charged down, but that was well worked.
Leicester's front three - Maddison, Iheanacho and Barnes - link up effectively once more, but the latter's attempted through pass has too much zip as it runs through to the Zorya goalkeeper.
Close to a Leicester third! The impressive Fofana almost puts Leicester out of sight from Barnes' corner, but his powerful header drops just wide of the far post!
They are queuing up in the middle as Praet finds acres of space to run into on the right channel. But his cross is blocked.
Leicester have been magnificent since the restart and if there's going to be a third goal it looks like the home side that will get it.
Block! Leicester are really on top now and searching for their third. Barnes shows beautiful close control in the penalty area to get his shot away, but it's blocked by a defender.
Shot! Maddison lifts the ball over the defence to release Barnes, who is just onside. He checks inside, rolling it across the edge of the box to Maddison, who sells his marker a dummy before shooting. It takes a deflection and Leicester only have a corner to show for their efforts.
Kick-off! The second half begins!
Half-time: Leicester lead by two goals to nil at the break, which rather flatters them.
GOAL! Leicester 2-0 Zorya (Harvey Barnes): Barnes gets the goal he deserves! He races onto Iheanacho's back-heeled pass, Maddison comes together with the Zorya defender and gives his team mate a clear path to goal. With just the keeper to beat, he lifts it over him for a very cool second.
It's a really open game at the King Power! Iheanacho's pass finds Praet, who takes a touch to set up the shot but sees it blocked by Vernydub.
Zorya go close again! Khomchenovski bends a delicious cross and Lunev should score, but he doesn't make a connection with his header!
A let off for Leicester! Schmeichel gets away with one! His clearance is played straight to Yurchenko who knocks it to Ivanisenya. With the Leicester goalkeeper off his line he tries the lob but doesn't get the accuracy as it drops just wide.
Barnes goes close again! Lovely build-up from Leicester, as Barnes exchanges passes with Iheanacho, who releases the former. He shoots left-footed but it's a comfortable save for Shevchenko.
A wonderful counter-attack from Leicester, but Iheanacho gets his pass aimed to release Barnes all wrong, as Zorya get the numbers back to deal with the danger.
It's amazing how goals can games. Now Leicester have the momentum and they carve open the Zorya defence, using the width of the pitch. Tielemans switches it to Castagne on the overlap and his cross finds Barnes, but he heads well over the bar.
Barnes is involved again as Leicester win a corner. Nazaryna is caught by Tielemans as the corner is delivered, but he will be fine to continue.
- GoalJames MaddisonLeicester City
GOAL! Leicester 1-0 Zorya (James Maddison): Leicester lead, somewhat against the run of play! Iheanacho feeds Barnes, who opens his body and curls a lovely shot against the post. Zorya can't clear, there's a goal-mouth scramble and Maddison pounces to score on his European debut!
- Yellow cardVladyslav KabayevZorya Luhansk
Yellow card! Kabaiev catches Fofana with a rash challenge from behind and deservedly goes into the book.
Zorya force a corner, which Yurchenko delivers to the near post. Iheanacho is in position to head clear.
Goal ruled out! Iheanacho threads through Maddision, who finishes with a lovely chip over the goalkeeper - but he is well offside.
Zorya should be ahead! Schmeichel is off his line quickly to make a superb save with his feet to deny Kabaiev from point-blank range! He was on the stretch to meet Favorov's squared pass but still should have scored.
Leicester have more defending to do as Khomchenovski delivers a deep cross to the back post but Fuchs deals with it.
Praet is cautioned for a handball and Zorya commit a fair number to contest the delivery. Evans rises highest to make an important headed clearance though.
Shakhtar's shock victory over Real Madrid last night shows the Ukrainian teams in Europe cannot be underestimated. Zorya will prove to be a tricky opponent as well if the opening 18 minutes are anything to go by.
Zorya have been impressive so far. They're clearly confident in possession as they play out from the back.
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Fofana's first-time pass releases Praet on the right flank but his cross, searching for Iheanacho, is blocked.
- Yellow cardYouri TielemansLeicester City
Yellow card! Tielemans goes into the book early on for a cynical foul on Lunev.
An awkward moment for Shevchenko! Castagne fizzes a low cross into the penalty area with lots of pace. The visiting goalkeeper spills it but he's fortunate there's not a Leicester player there to capitalise, as he gathers on the second attempt.
Iheanacho has runners on the inside left channel but he overhits his pass and it runs through to the visiting goalkeeper.
There appears to be no sign of a lack of ambition from Zorya as they break forward in great number.
Barnes wriggles his way into the penalty area, feeding Iheanacho, who can't quite find the return pass as Zorya clear their lines.
Castagne makes a run in behind the defence, but Barnes - in possession on the opposite flank - doesn't spot him and doesn't make the pass.
It has been a bright start from the visitors. Yurchenko, wearing No 80, is invited to have a shot. He does, bending one well over the bar.
An early misplaced pass by Mendy sees Leicester surrender possession.
Kick-off! The players take the knee and then the visitors get us underway!
Five minutes until kick-off at the King Power. It's Leicester versus Zorya in the Europa League, it's LIVE and it's NEXT!
Kasper Schmeichel and Fuchs are the only players selected tonight from the Leicester side that put the chills up Atletico more than three years ago.
Leicester are making their first European appearance since April 2017 when they were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid at the quarter-final stage.
Pre-match stat: Leicester remain winless in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (P4 D1 L3), though this is their first appearance in the competition since 2000-01 - the Foxes are one of 77 sides to have played four or more games in the competition without ever winning.
Caglar Soyuncu could miss up to three months of football, according to reports. Jamie Vardy is also unavailable tonight, suffering with a calf problem. Islam Slimani, who made his first appearance for the club since 2018 on Sunday, was not selected for the Europa League squad. Such are Leicester's problems they have named only 18 players in their squad tonight.
Leicester made a great start to the season, signalling their intentions with a 5-2 thrashing of Manchester City 5-2 at the Etihad. But the wheels have rather come off since then, losing at home to West Ham (0-3) and Aston Villa (0-1). A morale-boosting result tonight would be useful.
Rodgers on facing Zorya: "We anticipate a really tough game. Watching the games versus Kiev and Shakhtar - they play a diamond which is difficult to play against. They play it out well, and the front two are clinical. But it’s what you expect when you play in Europe you’re playing against the top clubs from their countries."
Zorya Luhansk aren't a bad side, really. They held Dynamo Kyiv to a draw recently, but their form on the road in this competition is poor. They have lost five of their previous six away matches in the group stage - without scoring a goal. Like Leicester, they squandered the opportunity of claiming a Champions League place after dropping out of the top two on the final last day of the league campaign.
Brendan Rodgers names a strong Leicester side, with James Maddison returning to the XI having returned to full fitness. Christian Fuchs is also restored. James Justin and Ayoze Perez drop out, as Rodgers makes two changes to the team that lost to Aston Villa on Sunday night.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Mendy, Tielemans, Praet, Barnes, Maddison, Iheanacho.. subs: Ward, Jakupovic, Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Perez, Under, Choudhury. /// Zorya XI: Shevchenko, Khomchenovskiy, Cvek, Vernydub, Favorov, Kochergin, Ivanisenia, Nazaryna, Kabayev, Yurchenko, Lunov.. subs: Vasilj, Matsapura, Rufati, Perovic, Gladkiy, Abu Hanna, Gryn, Ciganiks.
A poor run of form saw Leicester slip out of the top-four position they held for so long last season and so they were resigned to Thursday night football. Their Europa League campaign begins with a home tie to Zorya Luhansk, of Ukraine. Brendan Rodgers' side have lost their last three games on home soil but are clear favourites to open their account in Group G with victory. Kick-off at the King Power Stadium is an hour away and we will have LIVE text commentary as the events unfold. Sit tight as the team news will follow.