Japan international Shinji Okazaki struck again on Saturday, pacing Leicester City to their first win of the Premier League season, a 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Not a minute had gone by at King Power Stadium when Okazaki pounced on a loose ball in front of goal, after Maty Ryan spilled a shot from the left by Riyad Mahrez.

Okazaki leads Leicester to 1st win of season

Harry Maguire sealed the win in the 54th minute for the hosts, who collected their first points after losing to Arsenal in their opener last weekend.

"I was lucky," said Okazaki, who is expected to be called up to his national side on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Australia and Saudi Arabia. "But I'm nowhere near satisfied."

Okazaki knows full well not to take his fast start for granted. While he has been rated for his tireless work rate with the Foxes, the former Germany-based forward scored just three goals last season and five the season before.

This season, Okazaki is spending less time defending to make sure he's positioned closer to the front, and so far it's paid off.


"Right now, I happen to be reacting faster than everyone to the ball, just the result of the work I've been putting in," he said.

"I have to show I've made progress, by getting behind the defense, scoring from crosses. I want to show what I'm capable of. I have to ride this momentum."

In the Bundesliga, Okazaki's international teammate Takuma Asano made his debut in the German top flight as its season opened, plugging in a full shift for Stuttgart in a 2-0 defeat away to Genki Haraguchi and Hertha Berlin.

Shinji Kagawa, working his way back from a dislocated left shoulder he suffered in March, came off the bench four minutes to time in Dortmund's 3-0 win at Wolfsburg.