Leicester City’s defensive woes continued on Thursday, as, in Europa League, they lost an away fixture 1-0 to Legia Warsaw. Though we predicted the Foxes to triumph 1-2 in Europa League football news, Legia surprisingly won over Leicester by 1-2.
Leicester simply didn’t have quality for this one, and even an excellent cameo from James Maddison couldn’t help them win.
Europa League Football News – Legia Surprisingly Won over Leicester
Legia got off to a fast start as they created a few half-chances. They worked their way through a Leicester side that was clearly feeling the effects of Brendan Rodgers’ six substitutions.
Mahir Emreli bullied his way onto the ball before drilling a low shot into the corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal. So, on the exact half-hour mark, Emreli gave the Polish giants a deserved lead.
On the other hand, Leicester’s search for an equalizer was tame for the rest of the first half.
A lack of quality in both the middle and final thirds made it difficult for the Foxes to get going. And even Ayoze Perez sliced his side’s best chance of the half shortly before the break.
Perez had the ball in the back of the net a few minutes into the second half. But referees disallowed his effort due to a foul earlier in the move.
This glimmer of hope, along with a good headed chance for Jannik Vestergaard, thus didn’t change things much.
All of these failures to score compelled Rodgers to call on his heavy hitters on the hour mark.
This is how James Maddison and Harvey Barnes entered the game, and the former indeed made an immediate impact. He added some much-needed quality to the game.
Despite this, Leicester was unable to break through and did not concede a second goal. Both Lirim Kastrati and Tomas Pekhart had excellent chances in the dying embers, but neither could break through Kasper Schmeichel.
Result from Group C:
Legia – Leicester 1-0 (1-0)