Europa League - Group C
Legia WarsawLegia Warsaw1LeicesterLeicester City0

Legia Warsaw 1-0 Leicester: Brendan Rodgers' side beaten in Poland

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Mahir Emreli
Mahir Emreli scored his 10th goal of the season for Legia Warsaw

Leicester's winless start to their Europa League campaign continued with a limp defeat at Legia Warsaw, who collected a famous victory in Poland.

Brendan Rodgers' side have started the season inconsistently and now have work to do in Group C following a defeat to go with their 2-2 draw at Napoli in the opening game.

Azerbaijan national Mahir Emreli scored the only goal in the 31st minute, outmuscling Daniel Amartey on the edge of the box before firing in a low finish via the foot of the post.

Leicester lacked rhythm but did have chances with Ayoze Perez screwing wide in the first half after being put through by Patson Daka.

Centre-half Jannik Vestergaard had a golden opportunity to equalise in the second half, but his header from four yards out was somehow kept out by Legia goalkeeper Cezary Miszta's stunning reflex save.

The group's other game was a crazy affair, with Spartak Moscow edging Napoli 3-2 in a feisty match featuring 12 yellow cards and two reds.

Quincy Promes made it 3-1 in the 90th minute and although Victor Osimhen pulled one back for Napoli four minutes later, the Serie A side could not find a leveller with 11 minutes added on.

Daka yet to start firing

Last season's FA Cup winners Leicester are yet to get going this term, winning just two of their opening six Premier League games and finding life difficult in Europe.

A worry for Rodgers will be the lack of a cutting edge in front of goal, firing in 18 shots during the contest, but unable to find the net.

Kelechi Iheanacho was ruled out because of travel document issues and top scorer Jamie Vardy was left on the bench so £22m summer signing Daka led the line.

The Zambian arrived with an eye-catching reputation having scored 27 goals in 28 games last term to lead Red Bull Salzburg to a fourth consecutive Austrian league title.

But he is yet to get off the mark for the Foxes, despite having more efforts at goal (5) than any other player.

A header lacked power and was comfortable for Miszta and Daka was then found with a chipped ball by James Maddison - introduced on the hour mark - but the frontman miscued from 12 yards out.

Desperate to try to break his duck, Daka shinned an overhead kick off target from a promising position, while Maddison had a shot cleared off the line late on.

As Leicester poured forward in search of an elusive equaliser, Legia had two presentable opportunities late in the game.

But Lirim Kastrati's drive was pushed onto the post by Kasper Schmeichel's outstretched leg and former Southampton loanee Tomas Pekhart side-footed wide with the goal gaping.

Player of the match

EmreliMahir Emreli

with an average of 7.33

Legia Warsaw

  1. Squad number11Player nameEmreli
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  2. Squad number27Player nameJosué
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  3. Squad number99Player nameSlisz
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  4. Squad number55Player nameJedrzejczyk
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  5. Squad number14Player nameKharatin
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  6. Squad number17Player nameNawrocki
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  7. Squad number7Player nameKastrati
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  8. Squad number9Player namePekhart
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  9. Squad number6Player nameJohansson
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  10. Squad number23Player nameAbu Hanna
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  11. Squad number4Player nameWieteska
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  12. Squad number25Player nameMladenovic
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  13. Squad number21Player nameRafael Lopes
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  14. Squad number8Player nameAndré Martins
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  15. Squad number31Player nameMiszta
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Leicester City

  1. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
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  2. Squad number29Player nameDaka
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  3. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
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  4. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
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  5. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
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  6. Squad number7Player nameBarnes
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  7. Squad number9Player nameVardy
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  8. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
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  9. Squad number33Player nameThomas
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  10. Squad number42Player nameSoumaré
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  11. Squad number37Player nameLookman
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  12. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
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  13. Squad number23Player nameVestergaard
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  14. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
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  15. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
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Legia Warsaw

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 31Miszta
  • 55Jedrzejczyk
  • 4Wieteska
  • 17Nawrocki
  • 6JohanssonSubstituted forAbu Hannaat 78'minutes
  • 99Slisz
  • 14Kharatin
  • 8Soares MartinsSubstituted forKastratiat 70'minutes
  • 25MladenovicBooked at 90mins
  • 27Soares PesqueiraBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGuimarães Lopesat 82'minutes
  • 11EmreliBooked at 83minsSubstituted forPekhartat 84'minutesBooked at 88mins


  • 3Holownia
  • 5Ribeiro
  • 7Kastrati
  • 9Pekhart
  • 16Celhaka
  • 20Muci
  • 21Guimarães Lopes
  • 22Skibicki
  • 23Abu Hanna
  • 29Rose
  • 30Kostorz
  • 59Tobiasz


Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18AmarteySubstituted forLookmanat 78'minutes
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 8Tielemans
  • 27Castagne
  • 42Soumaré
  • 22Dewsbury-HallSubstituted forMaddisonat 67'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 33ThomasBooked at 20mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forBarnesat 67'minutes
  • 29DakaSubstituted forVardyat 82'minutes


  • 5Bertrand
  • 7Barnes
  • 9Vardy
  • 10Maddison
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 20Choudhury
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 34Benkovic
  • 35Jakupovic
  • 37Lookman
Ivan Bebek

Match Stats

Home TeamLegia WarsawAway TeamLeicester
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Legia Warsaw 1, Leicester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Legia Warsaw 1, Leicester City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maddison (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

  4. Booking

    Filip Mladenovic (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harvey Barnes with a through ball.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Filip Mladenovic (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lirim Kastrati following a fast break.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lirim Kastrati (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rafael Lopes.

  12. Booking

    Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Luke Thomas (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Timothy Castagne (Leicester City).

  16. Post update

    Cezary Miszta (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Tomas Pekhart replaces Mahir Emreli.

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