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AEK Athens 1-2 Leicester: Jamie Vardy becomes Foxes' oldest European goalscorer

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy is now Leicester's oldest ever scorer in Europe, at the age of 33 years and 292 days

Jamie Vardy became Leicester City's oldest European goalscorer as they beat AEK Athens to make it two wins from two in the Europa League.

The 33-year-old gave them the lead from a penalty after he was fouled by keeper Panagiotis Tsintotas.

The Foxes looked comfortable when Hamza Choudhury doubled the advantage with a smart side-footed finish.

But Muamer Tankovic gave AEK hope after ghosting in behind the Foxes defence moments after coming off the bench.

The former Fulham player almost equalised two minutes later but smashed his 10-yard shot over the crossbar.

Cengiz Under, on his first start for Leicester, almost restored the two-goal lead but his curling effort hit the woodwork.

In the end they would not need another goal.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers revealed before the game that defenders Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne are injured, with the latter likely to be out until after the November international break.

Vardy is the key for Leicester again

Vardy's pace and finishing makes such a difference to Leicester and it was evident again in the Greek capital.

This was his return to the starting line-up after a calf injury - although he did come off the bench at the weekend to score the winner against Arsenal.

He made his own piece of history in Athens as he raced on to James Maddison's through ball and went round the keeper, who took him down.

Tsintotas got a touch to Vardy's spot-kick but it was too powerful to keep out.

He takes Wes Morgan's record as the oldest player to score for Leicester in Europe. Vardy is 33 years and 292 days, whereas Morgan was 240 days younger when he scored in the Champions League against Sevilla in March 2017.

The former England striker has won (four) and scored (five) more penalties in all competitions than anyone else who plays in Europe's top five leagues this season.

Maddison was impressive too, and his corner led to the second goal. AEK Athens could not clear and Wesley Fofana got the final touch before it ran to Choudhury, who confidently finished.

AEK have not won a home game in a European group stage in 13 games over 10 years, but they did make the Foxes work hard for their win after Tankovic's lively second-half appearance.

'The pitch was awful' - manager reaction

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: "The guys are having to cope with all the injuries and games and are still churning out great results.

"It was a great win considering all the circumstances and all the players we have missing. They are still producing and doing very well.

"It was never going to be a fast-flowing game because the pitch was awful. It was a surface the players couldn't really trust. It was very difficult to play really fluent football."

AEK manager Massimo Carrera: "Given the performance from the guys there are mixed feelings. It's a bit bitter. In the first half we were a bit reserved and in the second we were very decisive.

"What we have to do is work hard on the good points and get better.

"In life and in football you cannot change things and go back in time. We were playing well in the second half so there was no need to change anything."

Player of the match

VardyJamie Vardy

with an average of 8.34

AEK Athens

  1. Squad number5Player nameNedelcearu
    Average rating

    5.58

  2. Squad number17Player nameTankovic
    Average rating

    5.49

  3. Squad number28Player nameShakhov
    Average rating

    5.27

  4. Squad number53Player nameMacheras
    Average rating

    5.24

  5. Squad number88Player nameVasilantonopoulos
    Average rating

    5.18

  6. Squad number11Player nameAnsarifard
    Average rating

    5.09

  7. Squad number22Player nameInsúa Zapata
    Average rating

    5.06

  8. Squad number44Player nameSabanadzovic
    Average rating

    4.96

  9. Squad number20Player nameMantalos
    Average rating

    4.92

  10. Squad number6Player nameKrsticic
    Average rating

    4.92

  11. Squad number18Player nameNélson Oliveira
    Average rating

    4.88

  12. Squad number10Player nameLivaja
    Average rating

    4.88

  13. Squad number24Player nameSvarnas
    Average rating

    4.80

  14. Squad number2Player nameBakakis
    Average rating

    4.80

  15. Squad number3Player nameHélder Lopes
    Average rating

    4.78

  16. Squad number1Player nameTsintotas
    Average rating

    4.72

Leicester City

  1. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    8.34

  2. Squad number19Player nameÜnder
    Average rating

    7.89

  3. Squad number3Player nameFofana
    Average rating

    7.85

  4. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
    Average rating

    7.78

  5. Squad number5Player nameMorgan
    Average rating

    7.61

  6. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    7.54

  7. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury
    Average rating

    7.50

  8. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
    Average rating

    7.39

  9. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    7.36

  10. Squad number28Player nameFuchs
    Average rating

    7.14

  11. Squad number2Player nameJustin
    Average rating

    7.13

  12. Squad number33Player nameThomas
    Average rating

    7.12

  13. Squad number24Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    7.04

  14. Squad number15Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    7.02

  15. Squad number26Player namePraet
    Average rating

    6.97

  16. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
    Average rating

    6.86

Line-ups

AEK Athens

  • 1Tsintotas
  • 2BakakisSubstituted forVasilantonopoulosat 86'minutes
  • 24Svarnas
  • 5Nedelcearu
  • 22Insúa ZapataBooked at 73minsSubstituted forMacherasat 86'minutes
  • 28ShakhovSubstituted forSabanadzovicat 86'minutes
  • 6KrsticicBooked at 59mins
  • 10LivajaSubstituted forTankovicat 45'minutes
  • 20MantalosBooked at 21mins
  • 3Oliveira Lopes
  • 11AnsarifardSubstituted forOliveiraat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Laci
  • 17Tankovic
  • 18Oliveira
  • 26Hnid
  • 30Athanasiadis
  • 40Mitaj
  • 44Sabanadzovic
  • 52Christopoulos
  • 53Macheras
  • 70Botos
  • 88Vasilantonopoulos
  • 99Theocharis

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 3Fofana
  • 5Morgan
  • 28FuchsSubstituted forThomasat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 11Albrighton
  • 8Tielemans
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forMendyat 66'minutes
  • 2Justin
  • 19ÜnderSubstituted forPraetat 66'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forBarnesat 74'minutes
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 15Barnes
  • 17Pérez
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 33Thomas
  • 35Jakupovic
Referee:
Harald Lechner

Match Stats

Home TeamAEK AthensAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AEK Athens 1, Leicester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AEK Athens 1, Leicester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Anel Sabanadzovic (AEK Athens).

  4. Post update

    Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Petros Mantalos (AEK Athens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nenad Krsticic.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, AEK Athens. Stavros Vasilantonopoulos replaces Michalis Bakakis.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, AEK Athens. Anel Sabanadzovic replaces Yevhen Shakhov.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, AEK Athens. Theodosis Macheras replaces Emanuel Mariano Insúa Zapata.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dennis Praet (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Efstratios Svarnas (AEK Athens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hélder Lopes (AEK Athens) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Luke Thomas tries a through ball, but Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.

  15. Booking

    Luke Thomas (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Michalis Bakakis (AEK Athens) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luke Thomas (Leicester City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

    Nélson Oliveira (AEK Athens) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Harvey Barnes replaces James Maddison.

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