Goals from Patson Daka, James Maddison, and Wilfried Ndidi earned Leicester City a 3-1 win in the UEFA Europa League. So, after their Premier League rivals also breezed through their group in Europa League football news, Leicester City are now topping Group C, having beaten Legia Warsaw by 3-1 in a home victory.
Leicester leapfrogged all three of their Europa League rivals to the top of Group C after a comfortable 3-1 win. They sailed through against their guests, Legia Warsaw, at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes actually started Thursday’s game at the very bottom of a tight group.
But because Spartak Moscow beat Napoli 2-1 on Wednesday in Group C too, Brendan Rodgers’ side now top the table.
And all of it is thanks to three first-half, match-deciding goals from Patson Daka, James Maddison, and Wilfried Ndidi.
Filip Mladenovic scored a consolation strike for visitors Legia Warsaw but it was only that – a consolation.
Indeed, the only negative for Rodgers last night was losing Jonny Evans to a muscle injury in the warm-up. Still, it wasn’t too bad because we saw Daniel Amartey replacing him in defence.
The Premier League outfit will travel to Napoli for the final game of the group stage. And then, they’ll be well-aware that a draw will be enough to see them qualify for the knockout stage.
Europa League Football News – Leicester City Are Now Topping Group C
Leicester put the pressure on the visitors from the first whistle and were already ahead in the 11th minute itself.
Good work from Harvey Barnes forced a deflection of the ball that fell kindly for Daka. And the latter calmly slid in his fifth Europa League goal of the campaign.
Then, Leicester doubled their lead in the 21st minute as Maddison worked the ball onto his left foot. This was after a one-two with Ademola Lookman and before Maddison fired into the top corner of the net.
The Polish side had a penalty just five minutes later after Caglar Soyuncu’s clearance struck Wilfried Ndidi on the arm.
Kasper Schmeichel saved a spot-kick from Mahir Emreli but Mladenovic was quickest to follow up and scored in the rebound.
As for Ndidi, he made amends for his penalty concession in the 33rd minute. The unmarked Nigerian headed in Leicester’s third from a Maddison corner.
Both teams could have added to the scoring in the second half but the hosts happily saw out the win. They must still remain cautious and this was only their second in this year’s Europa League group stage.