Leicester’s perfect EPL start ends in 3-0 loss to West Ham

LEICESTER, England (AP) — Leicester’s perfect start to the Premier League season ended with a 3-0 loss to West Ham in its fourth match on Sunday.

With manager David Moyes still isolating with coronavirus, West Ham took the lead in the 14th minute through Michail Antonio.

The forward took a quick free kick after he was fouled by Caglar Soyuncu out wide on the right. He switched play with a cross-field pass to Aaron Cresswell and made a run for the far post, where he was on hand to head home Cresswell’s curling cross.

Pablo Fornals doubled the lead in the 34th. Cresswell’s long, high clearance forward was brought under control by Fornals, allowing him to advance into the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel down by his near post.

Fornals set up the third in the 83rd. His pass behind the defense cut Leicester open again and Jarrod Bowen darted through to finish neatly past Schmeichel and ensure another emphatic victory for West Ham, following a 4-0 success against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

It denied 2016 champion Leicester the chance to open a season with four league wins for the first time in its history.

Leicester’s day was summed up in stoppage time when Jamie Vardy, who was largely anonymous for the entire match, finally got some decent service but clipped his finish over goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski. Harvey Barnes then had a goal ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.

West Ham has six points from four games.

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