Ulloa opens Leicester account with brace

5 August 2014 23:16

Leonardo Ulloa netted twice as he opened his Leicester City account in a 3-1 friendly victory at Rotherham United.

The Argentine – reported to have signed for a club-record fee of £8million when he joined from Brighton and Hove Albion last month – made his debut in a 1-0 win over Everton in Thailand in July, but had yet to register a goal in pre-season prior to Tuesday’s fixture.

However, the 28-year-old started brightly against Rotherham and almost sent Matty James through on goal in the opening four minutes.

Rotherham’s Ben Pringle saw a 30-yard effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel and Alex Revell glanced a header wide as the Championship outfit pressed for an opener, but it was Leicester who made the breakthrough just before the half-hour mark.

Ulloa reacted well after James had seen an effort blocked in the area and struck across the goalkeeper to open the scoring.

Leicester grabbed a second before the break as Ulloa headed home from a Ritchie De Laet cross.

Kieran Agard pulled one back for Rotherham in the 59th minute after Ryan Hall’s effort had deflected into his path, but Danny Drinkwater restored the Premier League new-boys’ two-goal advantage by converting a half-volley five minutes later.