Leicester City began life as Premier League champions with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Everton at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes got off to the best possible start in front of their jubilant supporters, as after five minutes top scorer Jamie Vardy converted a pinpoint Andy King cross to give them an early lead.
Claudio RanieriÂ’s side were by far the better team in the opening exchanges and almost made it 2-0 on 10 minutes, but King couldnÂ’t find a way past Joel Robles with a header from a Riyad Mahrez cross.
Everton lacked any real threat going forward in the first half and it was soon 2-0 to Leicester in the 33rd minute when King fired home from 12 yards after good work from Mahrez in the Toffees’ penalty area.
Everton almost scored straight from the re-start, but Oumar NiasseÂ’s attempted chip couldnÂ’t find a way past Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester continued to look the better side, however, and Christian Fuchs came close to making it 3-0 after being teed up perfectly by Mahrez, but Robles was the equal to the Austrian’s shot.
Then on 63 minutes the Foxes won a penalty after Vardy was brought down by Matthew Pennington in the area, despite seemingly being in an offside position.
The England international dusted himself down to coolly convert the spot-kick and in doing so scored his 24th league goal of the campaign.
Vardy could have had hat-trick just a few minutes later when the Foxes were awarded another penalty after substitute Jeffrey Schlupp was fouled by Darron Gibson, but the forward this time fired his spot-kick over the bar.
Everton did manage a consolation goal late on after substitute Kevin Mirallas was rewarded for some persistent play in the penalty area to score his first league goal since January.
The victory sees Leicester extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, while Everton remain marooned in the bottom half.