Europa League - Round of 32 - 1st Leg
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Slavia Prague 0-0 Leicester: Foxes held to goalless draw in Prague

By Emma SandersBBC Sport
Harvey Barnes racing on to a pass
Brendan Rodgers made just one change to the starting XI from the side who beat Liverpool in the Premier League

Leicester City came away with a goalless draw in their Europa League last-32 tie against Slavia Prague.

Brendan Rodgers' side, who currently sit third in the Premier League, failed to create many clear-cut chances on a frustrating evening in Prague.

Harvey Barnes came closest, when he was denied from close range in the first half, but the hosts put Leicester under some pressure after the break.

The return leg will be played at King Power Stadium on Thursday, 25 February.

Valuable clean sheet on quiet night

When Marc Albrighton fired inches wide within seconds of kick-off, it looked like it could be a promising night for Leicester. But despite showing glimpses of creativity in the first half, they never really got going.

In-form Barnes, who has contributed to 11 goals in 23 league games so far this season, was played in by Youri Tielemans and raced through one-on-one with the goalkeeper only to poke it straight at his legs.

He was the most likely provider for Leicester - dragging another shot wide from a corner in the first half before almost setting up substitute Kelechi Iheanacho late on.

Slavia Prague full-back Alexander Bah and midfielder Nicolae Stanciu had half-chances for the hosts but Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was never truly troubled.

And when Rodgers took off key players Jamie Vardy and James Maddison after an hour, he looked resigned to settle for a draw away from home and a clean sheet, with the only regret being the yellow card shown to Iheanacho that rules him out of the next match.

'We were solid away from home'

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers speaking to BT Sport: "I was really pleased from a defensive perspective. We kept them reasonably quiet. They had one opportunity at the back post in the first half but our goalkeeper and back four were strong.

"The pitch was heavy and it was a little bit of man-marking. I was delighted with the spirit and we were solid away from home. Now we have had a feel for them we can go away and look at where we can get through to the next round."

The best of the stats

  • Leicester have managed just one win from their last eight away games in European competition (D3 L4), though they did manage their first clean sheet on the road in Europe since November 2016 (0-0 v FC Copenhagen in the Champions League).
  • The Foxes are now unbeaten in their last 10 away games in all competitions (W6 D4), their longest run without defeat on the road since December 2015 (14).
  • Slavia Prague have only lost one of their last 10 Europa League games on home soil (W6 D3), while they remain unbeaten this season at home in the competition (W3 D1).
  • They managed 14 attempts against Leicester, the most they have had in a Europa League game without managing to score since February 2019 against KRC Genk (18).
  • Rodgers has seen his sides fail to score in each of his five away games in the knockout stages of the Europa League, with this his first such match as Leicester City boss (2 with Liverpool, 2 with Celtic).
  • Iheanacho was booked just 51 seconds after taking the field from the bench, with only Husein Balic for LASK earning a card quicker as a sub in any Europa League game this season (37 seconds).

What's next?

Leicester travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, 21 February (14:05 GMT), before hosting Slavia Prague in the second leg on Thursday, 25 February.

Player of the match

BarnesHarvey Barnes

with an average of 7.09

Slavia Prague

  1. Squad number12Player nameSima
    Average rating

    6.14

  2. Squad number17Player nameProvod
    Average rating

    6.07

  3. Squad number25Player nameHromada
    Average rating

    6.03

  4. Squad number18Player nameBoril
    Average rating

    5.89

  5. Squad number5Player nameBah
    Average rating

    5.87

  6. Squad number9Player nameOladeji Olayinka
    Average rating

    5.85

  7. Squad number6Player nameZima
    Average rating

    5.84

  8. Squad number7Player nameStanciu
    Average rating

    5.83

  9. Squad number16Player nameKuchta
    Average rating

    5.81

  10. Squad number3Player nameHoles
    Average rating

    5.79

  11. Squad number15Player nameKudela
    Average rating

    5.69

  12. Squad number1Player nameKolar
    Average rating

    5.52

  13. Squad number27Player nameTraore
    Average rating

    5.28

  14. Squad number32Player nameLingr
    Average rating

    5.27

  15. Squad number28Player nameMasopust
    Average rating

    5.17

Leicester City

  1. Squad number15Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    7.09

  2. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
    Average rating

    6.98

  3. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
    Average rating

    6.92

  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    6.79

  5. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    6.71

  6. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
    Average rating

    6.64

  7. Squad number6Player nameEvans
    Average rating

    6.64

  8. Squad number33Player nameThomas
    Average rating

    6.53

  9. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    6.53

  10. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
    Average rating

    6.52

  11. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
    Average rating

    6.39

  12. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury
    Average rating

    6.17

  13. Squad number19Player nameÜnder
    Average rating

    5.77

  14. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
    Average rating

    5.73

Line-ups

Slavia Prague

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Kolar
  • 5Bah
  • 15Kudela
  • 6Zima
  • 18BorilBooked at 27mins
  • 3HolesSubstituted forHromadaat 30'minutes
  • 12Sima
  • 17ProvodSubstituted forLingrat 90+1'minutes
  • 7StanciuSubstituted forTraoreat 73'minutes
  • 9Oladeji Olayinka
  • 16KuchtaSubstituted forMasopustat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Deli
  • 13Stejskal
  • 19Dorley
  • 25Hromada
  • 27Traore
  • 28Masopust
  • 31Kovar
  • 32Lingr

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Amartey
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 33Thomas
  • 8TielemansBooked at 80mins
  • 25NdidiBooked at 46mins
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forÜnderat 64'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forChoudhuryat 76'minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 64'minutesBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs
  • 35Jakupovic
  • 38Leshabela
  • 50Tavares
  • 53Flynn
Referee:
Marco Guida

Match Stats

Home TeamSlavia PragueAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Slavia Prague 0, Leicester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Slavia Prague 0, Leicester City 0.

  3. Post update

    Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ibrahim Benjanim Traore (Slavia Prague).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Jonny Evans tries a through ball, but Kelechi Iheanacho is caught offside.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Slavia Prague. Ondrej Lingr replaces Lukáš Provod.

  7. Post update

    Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ibrahim Benjanim Traore (Slavia Prague).

  9. Post update

    Cengiz Ünder (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lukáš Provod (Slavia Prague).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Jan Boril (Slavia Prague) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

  15. Post update

    Lukáš Provod (Slavia Prague) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

  17. Post update

    Alexander Bah (Slavia Prague) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abdallah Dipo Sima (Slavia Prague) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lukáš Provod with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Hamza Choudhury replaces James Maddison.

  20. Post update

    James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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