Europa Conference League - Semi-final - 1st Leg
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Leicester City 1-1 Roma: Brendan Rodgers' side fight back to earn draw

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at King Power Stadium
Ademola Lookman
Gianluca Mancini turned in under pressure from Ademola Lookman

Leicester City's Europa Conference League semi-final remains in the balance after a hard-fought draw with Jose Mourinho's Roma at The King Power Stadium.

Foxes' manager Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed they are not taking a lead to Stadio Olimpico for the second leg after they dominated the second half and came from behind to draw level.

Roma struck early when Nicola Zalewski played in captain Lorenzo Pellegrini for a smooth low finish underneath Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 15th minute.

Leicester maintained their composure and deservedly equalised after 67 minutes when Ademola Lookman bundled in a cross from Harvey Barnes, via defender Gianluca Mancini.

Mourinho will be satisfied with this result as Leicester could not make their domination pay, with Roma keeper Rui Patricio saving superbly from lively substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, who also headed over from close range.

Foxes still have hope

Leicester City will believe they did not get the result their performance deserved as Roma defended for the draw which seemed to suit their purposes and those of coach Mourinho.

The Foxes were rocked back by Roma's early goal but get great credit for refusing to panic and continuing to play their passing game which brought the reward of a scrambled equaliser.

Roma's threat was very fleeting, although Schmeichel was called into action in the closing stages to turn substitute Sergio Oliveira's shot on to the woodwork following a clever backheel from England striker Tammy Abraham.

Leicester were tireless, with James Maddison constantly probing despite not having his usual shooting accuracy while Jamie Vardy understandably looked short of full match fitness following his injury absence.

Rodgers has every right to remain positive, however, because Leicester were the better side, were rarely troubled at the back and only lacked cutting edge up front.

Roma, rightly, will feel they are in a favoured position but Leicester will still feel their first appearance in a European final remains a possibility.

Player of the match

AbrahamTammy Abraham

with an average of 7.51

Leicester City

  1. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
    Average rating

    6.99

  2. Squad number7Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    6.82

  3. Squad number37Player nameLookman
    Average rating

    6.78

  4. Squad number2Player nameJustin
    Average rating

    6.56

  5. Squad number10Player nameMaddison
    Average rating

    6.51

  6. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    6.50

  7. Squad number6Player nameEvans
    Average rating

    6.41

  8. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
    Average rating

    6.41

  9. Squad number3Player nameFofana
    Average rating

    6.39

  10. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
    Average rating

    6.32

  11. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    6.26

  12. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    6.26

  13. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira
    Average rating

    6.13

  14. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
    Average rating

    5.93

  15. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez
    Average rating

    5.91

Roma

  1. Squad number9Player nameAbraham
    Average rating

    7.51

  2. Squad number6Player nameSmalling
    Average rating

    7.10

  3. Squad number7Player namePellegrini
    Average rating

    6.89

  4. Squad number1Player nameRui Patrício
    Average rating

    6.73

  5. Squad number3Player nameIbañez
    Average rating

    6.59

  6. Squad number77Player nameMkhitaryan
    Average rating

    6.58

  7. Squad number22Player nameZaniolo
    Average rating

    6.47

  8. Squad number59Player nameZalewski
    Average rating

    6.46

  9. Squad number23Player nameMancini
    Average rating

    6.42

  10. Squad number4Player nameCristante
    Average rating

    6.37

  11. Squad number2Player nameKarsdorp
    Average rating

    6.36

  12. Squad number5Player nameViña
    Average rating

    5.86

  13. Squad number64Player nameAfena-Gyan
    Average rating

    5.73

  14. Squad number27Player nameSérgio Oliveira
    Average rating

    5.30

  15. Squad number17Player nameVeretout
    Average rating

    5.16

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 3Fofana
  • 6Evans
  • 27CastagneSubstituted forJustinat 21'minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 8Tielemans
  • 22Dewsbury-HallBooked at 25mins
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forBarnesat 63'minutes
  • 9VardyBooked at 59minsSubstituted forIheanachoat 62'minutes
  • 37LookmanSubstituted forPérezat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 7Barnes
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 20Choudhury
  • 23Vestergaard
  • 29Daka
  • 33Thomas
  • 42Soumaré

Roma

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 23Mancini
  • 6Smalling
  • 3Ibañez da Silva
  • 2Karsdorp
  • 77MkhitaryanSubstituted forVeretoutat 57'minutes
  • 4Cristante
  • 7PellegriniSubstituted forAfena-Gyanat 85'minutes
  • 59ZalewskiSubstituted forViñaat 85'minutes
  • 22ZanioloBooked at 63minsSubstituted forOliveiraat 69'minutes
  • 9AbrahamBooked at 8mins

Substitutes

  • 5Viña
  • 11Pérez
  • 14Shomurodov
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 17Veretout
  • 24Kumbulla
  • 27Oliveira
  • 37Spinazzola
  • 52Bove
  • 64Afena-Gyan
  • 87Cerântula Fuzato
  • 92El Shaarawy
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande
Attendance:
31,659

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Roma 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Roma 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Roma. Rui Patrício tries a through ball, but Felix Afena-Gyan is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by James Maddison (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Youri Tielemans (Leicester City).

  6. Post update

    Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

  8. Post update

    Chris Smalling (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Felix Afena-Gyan replaces Lorenzo Pellegrini.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Matias Viña replaces Nicola Zalewski.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez replaces Ademola Lookman.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sérgio Oliveira (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tammy Abraham.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Rui Patrício.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Veretout (Roma) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nicola Zalewski.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ibañez.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

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