Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho opened his goalscoring account for the 2022/23 English Premier League season on Sunday when he found the back of the net for Leicester City. You can follow Leicester City live scores on Flashscore.
Iheanacho's 52 seconds goal not enough as Brighton condemn Leicester City to bottom place
Iheanacho scored his first goal of the season but Leicester City's woes continue as they are now bottom of the League
The Nigerian international scored just 52 seconds into the start of the Foxes Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium.
However, the home side staged a rousing comeback to win the match emphatically with a 5-2 score line as Leicester City plunged to the bottom of the table.
Leicester City capitulate at Brighton
Coming off back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Manchester United, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers made a big call in the attack, dropping Jamie Vardy to the bench in place of Iheanacho.
The Nigerian international needed just 52 seconds to repay his manager's faith as he combined with Zambian forward Patson Daka to give Leicester City the lead barely one minute into the match.
The Foxes dominated for the opening 10 minutes but that was as good as it got for the visiting side with Brighton overcoming their early wobble to press Leicester City.
To kick off Brighton's comeback, Luke Thomas conceded an own goal in the 10th minute before Moses Caicedo (15') gave Brighton the lead only for Daka to turn goalscorer in the 33rd minute in a topsy-turvy first half.
Alexis Mac Allister had a goal ruled out by the Video-Assistant Referee in the 49th minute as a sign of what was to come for the Foxes.
In the 64th minute, Brighton finally regained the lead through Leandro Trossard and they never looked back afterwards, making sure of their victory with two more goals courtesy of a Mac Allister brace (P - 71', 90+7') and keeping Leicester City bottom of the table.
Iheanacho stats in Leicester City vs Brighton
Iheanacho had the fresh edge of a player who was starting his first League match of the season and it showed as the 25-year-old harried up down the pitch giving 14 accurate passes at an accuracy rate of 87.5% from his 28 touches.
The former Manchester City prodigy scores his goal from his only shot on target but had another shot blocked and one (1) dribble attempt truncated.
However, not much seemed to stick to the Leicester City forward as he lost possession nine (9) times, lost all four (4) of his duels and delivered only one (1) successful long ball before he was substituted for Vardy in the 72nd minute.
Iheanacho will hope to reprise his starring role in Leicester City's next league match as they welcome Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, September 10.