Europa League - Group C
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Leicester 3-1 Legia Warsaw: Foxes go top of Group C

By Alex BysouthBBC Sport
James Maddison
James Maddison scored his second goal of the season for Leicester

Leicester City saw off Legia Warsaw to leap to the top of Group C and put themselves in pole position to reach the Europa League knockout stage with one game remaining.

The Foxes, who began the day bottom of the group, had the job done by the break at King Power Stadium, leading 3-1 after an open and entertaining first half.

Patson Daka and James Maddison put the hosts in charge before Filip Mladenovic responded after Kasper Schmeichel saved Mahir Emreli's penalty.

Wilfred Ndidi then headed in from a corner to re-establish the home side's advantage before a goalless second half.

Leicester lead the group on eight points, one above Spartak Moscow and Napoli after the Russian side won their meeting 2-1 on Wednesday.

Foxes back up and running

Leicester's progress under Brendan Rodgers has stalled this season with some inconsistent results, though victory means they now lead the group with a trip to Napoli still to come.

The Foxes arrived on a four-game winless run since beating Brighton on penalties in the Carabao Cup, but their flowing attack was enough to cover up any defensive frailties after losing Jonny Evans in the warm-up to a muscle injury.

Daka got the hosts off to a quick start, finishing smartly after an aggressive run from Harvey Barnes saw the ball deflect into the Zambian's path inside the penalty area.

Maddison was then allowed time to turn inside the box and pick his spot to double the hosts' lead 10 minutes later, scoring his second goal of the season.

Group C has been unpredictable throughout and Legia sparked hopes of unlikely turnaround when Mladenovic tapped in after Schmeichel got down to keep out Emreli's spot kick.

Ndidi, whose handball gave away the penalty, made amends soon after by heading in from Maddison's corner and that put the game beyond the visitors.

Barnes went through in what proved a tighter second half under a haze of smoke from the flares released by visiting fans, but could not beat Legia goalkeeper Cezary Miszta.

Those flares set off from the away end were followed by clashes between Legia fans and police.

But on the pitch Leicester dominated without really threatening to add to the advantage as they saw out a comfortable victory.

"We had a big job to do, we knew we have to win the game and to play a well as we did in the first half was equally as important," said Rodgers.

"Going into the last game, if we said that we would be top before we kicked off we would have taken that.

"You see the quality of the teams in the group, we are in control of where we finish. Our objective at the beginning was to qualify and that is in our hands."

Legia fans clashed with police at King Power Stadium
Legia fans clashed with police in the second half at King Power Stadium

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 18Amartey
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 33ThomasBooked at 61mins
  • 42SoumaréSubstituted forDewsbury-Hallat 62'minutes
  • 25Ndidi
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forPérezat 63'minutes
  • 37LookmanSubstituted forAlbrightonat 84'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 29DakaSubstituted forIheanachoat 85'minutes
  • 7Barnes

Substitutes

  • 5Bertrand
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 20Choudhury
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 41Stolarczyk
  • 54Marcal-Madivadua

Legia Warsaw

Formation 3-4-3

  • 31Miszta
  • 6JohanssonSubstituted forHolowniaat 45'minutes
  • 4WieteskaBooked at 48mins
  • 55JedrzejczykBooked at 87mins
  • 5Ribeiro
  • 8Soares MartinsSubstituted forCelhakaat 71'minutes
  • 99Slisz
  • 25MladenovicBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSkibickiat 71'minutes
  • 20Muci
  • 11EmreliSubstituted forWlodarczykat 78'minutes
  • 82Lima LinharesSubstituted forPekhartat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Holownia
  • 9Pekhart
  • 16Celhaka
  • 22Skibicki
  • 28Wlodarczyk
  • 29Rose
  • 59Tobiasz
  • 92Ciepiela
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin
Attendance:
30,658

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamLegia Warsaw
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 3, Legia Warsaw 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Legia Warsaw 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Marc Albrighton.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Timothy Castagne.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

  6. Booking

    Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Yuri Ribeiro (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  10. Booking

    Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Patson Daka.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Ademola Lookman.

  15. Post update

    Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jurgen Celhaka (Legia Warsaw).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patson Daka (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Artur Jedrzejczyk.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Mateusz Holownia.

  20. Post update

    Ademola Lookman (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 25th November 2021

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lyon55001541115
2Rangers52125417
3Sparta Prague511349-54
4Brøndby IF502329-72

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco532063311
2PSV Eindhoven52219548
3Real Sociedad51316606
4SK Sturm Graz501429-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester522110828
2Spartak Moscow52129907
3Napoli521212847
4Legia Warsaw5203410-66

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt532095411
2Olympiakos53028629
3Fenerbahçe512267-15
4Royal Antwerp5023510-52

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Galatasaray532073411
2Lazio52217348
3Marseille504157-24
4Lokomotiv Moscow502328-62

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Red Star Belgrade531153210
2Sporting Braga530211839
3FC Midtjylland52217708
4Ludogorets501438-51

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen54101441013
2