Soccer

Newly-promoted Hull stuns EPL champion Leicester 2-1

  • Hull City's Andrew Robertson, left, and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in action during their English Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)

    Hull City's Andrew Robertson, left, and Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in action during their English Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)

    Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hull City's Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Leicester City of the game during the English Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)

    Hull City's Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Leicester City of the game during the English Premier League soccer match at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday Aug. 13, 2016. (Nigel French / PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Leicester opened its title defense with a shock 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Hull on the first day of the Premier League season on Saturday.

Having sprung one of soccer's biggest surprises by winning the league last season, Leicester was on the receiving end of an upset after Robert Snodgrass rifled home Hull's winner in the 57th minute.

Hull, which is still without a manager after Steve Bruce left in July, took the lead in first-half stoppage time with an acrobatic shot by Adama Diomande.

Leicester equalized with a penalty almost immediately after the re-start, Riyad Mahrez driving home the spot-kick.

Snodgrass restored Hull's lead in the 57th minute with a powerful low shot from inside the area.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy missed a series of chances in the first half.