Lincoln 1 City 3
Report by Colin Hall
Goals by Riyad Mahrez, Andrej Kramaric and Jamie Vardy gave Leicester City a 3-1 victory at Lincoln in the club’s first game of the 2015-16 pre-season.
The evening began on a sombre note with the disappointing - though not entirely unexpected - revelation that Esteban Cambiasso would not be returning to the Foxes.
It is not clear whether this decision was influenced by the appeal of potential challenges elsewhere, or a reaction to a summer of turmoil at Filbert Way. Nevertheless his departure is a huge blow to our hopes of Premier League consolidation.
With captain Wes Morgan absent on international duty, Kasper Schmeichel led the side in its first game under the charge of new manager Claudio Ranieri. New signings Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki also featured in the starting line-up, making solid starts to their City careers.
City looked rusty and disjointed in the opening 20 minutes and it was little surprise when the hosts took the lead. Liam Moore charged down a close-range shot with his hand and Schmeichel was not quite able to keep out Alan Power’s spot-kick.
Eventually, though, Premier quality began to tell, with Mahrez particularly prominent in attack. He refused to be riled by a series of crude tackles from home defenders, and his anticipation allowed him to fire home an equaliser, pouncing on a loose ball following a challenge on Okazaki.